World Language Department

... students will read critically, write effectively, and communicate clearly

The BHS World Language Department is committed to the acquisition of skills set forth by The National Standards for World Language. These standards are the backbone of our curriculum and are based on the “Five C’s” (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities). Students in a World Language class will read critically, write effectively, and communicate clearly in the target language in accordance with their level of proficiency. Performance-based assessments are utilized as part of the evaluative process in all levels.


 Department Curriculum


Course Offerings:

Spanish I

 HS06101G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This is an introductory course in which students will begin to develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Spanish, as well as explore the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.  Multimedia resources are utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to hear and respond to native speakers. Cooperative learning and thematic writing activities are employed.

Spanish II

 HS06102G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish are further developed within the context of real-life situations. There is a review of previously taught grammar and vocabulary. Additional grammatical concepts and verb tenses are introduced.  Spanish language writing exercises are assigned to provide practice in the use of grammatical construction and vocabulary. Communicative activities and texts are used to encourage an interest in and an appreciation for the language and diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. By course completion, students are expected to have significant improvement in oral communication and listening comprehension.

Spanish III

 HS06103G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course is a continuation of the skills and concepts presented in Spanish II. There is a review of reviously taught grammar and vocabulary.  Additional grammatical concepts and verb tenses are introduced. There is an enhanced focus on speaking and listening skills with a concentration on communicating in the past tense. Students will continue their study of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

*Spanish IV

 HS06104E 
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 or 12

This course is a rigorous study of advanced Spanish grammar in order to acquire strong skills in the reading, writing, speaking and understanding of the Spanish language. There is extensive conversation in the target language to help the students develop their ability to speak and to listen. There is a review of previously taught grammar and vocabulary.  Advanced grammatical concepts and verb tenses are introduced. Spanish history, art and literature are included in various readings and projects.

**UConn ECE Spanish V

 HS06112H
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grade 12

This course is offered in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Early College Experience Program. College credit will be granted by the University of Connecticut upon successful completion of the course (Grade of C).  The National Standards for World Language Instruction, also known as the “Five C’s” (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities), are the continuing focus of the Level V class. Spanish civilization will be studied through contemporary readings and class discussions with religion, politics, and the family used as the basis for both written and oral presentations. Work with advanced grammar/vocabulary and assigned writings will be the foundation of the course. Oral proficiency will be stressed. Students are individually responsible for costs associated with University of Connecticut credit and the Advanced Placement examination.    Note: Students may also choose to take the Advanced Placement Spanish examination in the spring. These students should see their Spanish teacher for information and preparation for this examination.

French I

 HS06121G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This is an introductory course in which students will begin to develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in French, and will explore the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.  Multimedia resources are utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to hear and respond to native speakers. Cooperative learning and thematic writing activities are employed.

French II

 HS06122G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing French are further developed within the context of real-life situations. There is a review of previously taught grammar and vocabulary.  Additional grammatical concepts and verb tenses are introduced. French language writing exercises are assigned to provide practice in the use of grammatical construction and vocabulary.  Communicative activities and texts are used to encourage an interest in and an appreciation for the language and diverse cultures of the Frenchspeaking world. By course completion, students are expected to have significant improvement in oral communication and listening comprehension.

French III

 HS06123G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course is a continuation of the skills and concepts presented in French II. There is a review of previously taught grammar and vocabulary, additional grammatical concepts and verb tenses are introduced. There is an increased focus on speaking and listening skills. Students will communicate in French about such topics as the family, school and travel. Students will also continue their study of the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.

*French IV

 HS06124E 
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 or 12

There is a review of previously taught grammar and vocabulary. Advanced grammatical concepts and verb tenses are introduced. This is a study of advanced French grammar needed to acquire strong skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding of the language. There is extensive conversation in French to help the students develop the ability to speak and listen. There is a review of previously taught grammar and advanced grammatical concepts are taught. French art, history and literature are introduced.

** French V

 HS06125H
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grade 12

This is a rigorous study of French based on the National Standards for World Language Instruction known as the “Five C’s” (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities). Daily oral proficiency is stressed and formal essays are assigned. Literary selections from the Francophone world are highlighted. French culture and civilization are studied along with advanced grammatical concepts.

Russian I

 HS06601G 
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or12

In this introductory course, students will begin to develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Russian, and will explore the culture of the Russian people. Multimedia resources are utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to hear and respond to native speakers. Cooperative learning and thematic writing activities are employed.

Russian II

 HS06602G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Russian are further developed within the context of real-life situations. Writing exercises are assigned to provide practice in the use of grammatical construction and vocabulary.  Communicative activities and texts are used to encourage interest in and appreciation for the language and culture of the Russian peoples. By course completion, students are expected to have significant improvement in oral communication and listening, comprehension construction and vocabulary. Communicative activities and texts are used to encourage interest in and appreciation for the language and culture of the Russian peoples. By course completion, students are expected to have significant improvement in oral communication and listening comprehension.

Russian III, Russian IV, Russian V

HS06603G Russian III
HS06604G Russian IV
HS06605G Russian V
Full Year 1.00 credit each
Grades 11 or 12

As a student progresses in their study of Russian language and culture, a more refined, individualized program is developed for the student by the teacher. There is a continuation of the skills and concepts presented in the beginner levels along with an enhanced focus on speaking and listening skills.  Advanced grammatical concepts are introduced.  Russian history, art, and literature are included in various readings and project.

Italian I

HS06141G    Italian I
Full Year    1.00 Credit
Grades: 9,10,11,12

This course is an introductory course in which students will begin to develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Italian.  In addition, students will explore the diverse cultures of the Italian-speaking world.  Multimedia resources will be used to offer a variety of opportunities to hear and respond to native speakers.  Cooperative learning and thematic activities will be employed. 


Jillian Berube
Teresa Dorsey
Stephanie Herrera
Glenn Lewis
Jessica Ramy
Susan Terrill 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Teresa Dorsey | profile  
 860-828-6577 x4159
 tdorsey@berlinschools.org


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