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ASL (American Sign Language) 1

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Are you interested in learning a new language that is used right here in America? Are you intrigued by a modern language that has no written form? Do you want to find out why American Sign Language is much more closely linked to French Sign Language than British Sign Language? If so, American Sign Language (ASL) is the perfect language for you! In this class, students will learn the basic skills in production and comprehension of ASL while covering thematic units such as personal and family life, school, social life, and community. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Students will learn finger spelling and numbers, developing conversational ability, culturally appropriate behaviors, and fundamental ASL grammar.

Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL conversations, games, poetry, and story-telling. Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and practice. Homework assignments will include an online component where students will be asked to upload videos of themselves signing. Enrolled students will be asked to complete a summer assignment consisting of learning the ASL alphabet and practicing fingerspelling before the start of classes. ASL is an excellent second language choice for teens who have difficultly with writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

Students should plan to rent or purchase the "Signing Naturally Units 1-6 workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212105) which includes a DVD or signing videos. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in world language for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $579.00

Spanish 1 (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lisa Alonso

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Get ready for a full year of beginner level high school Spanish! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in Spanish. Vocabulary will include the alphabet, numbers, time, dates, seasons, school, free time activities/hobbies, likes/dislikes, personal descriptions, family relationships, emotions, food/restaurants, places/locations in town, and shopping/clothing. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular present tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as articles, pronouns, adjectives, and comparative phrases.

Class will be conducted primarily in Spanish and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing worksheets and written assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

Spanish I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either an honors or on-level track. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level. While all students will cover the same material at the same pace, honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills.

Students should expect to spend at least 30-45 minutes per day, four times per week outside of class time to ensure success with this course.

Students must have access to a computer and internet service as computer-based videos and practice tools are essential to success with this program. In lieu of a purchased textbook, the instructor will provide all materials. A materials fee of $30.00 per student will be due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Quizzes, tests, and formative assessments will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in high school Spanish for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $545.00

ASL (American Sign Language) for Little Fingers: All About Me

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

ASL for Little Fingers is a fun, play-based sign language class for younger children. Students will begin to learn the language of the Deaf community by developing a vocabulary for greetings, everyday objects and common phrases. We will watch short videos of a Deaf family demonstrating the signs, learn about Deaf culture, play games, and work with partners. Each quarter will include a biography of a famous deaf American, an introduction to poetry, fun phrases, a signed story, and more!

During first quarter, children will learn the ASL alphabet, how to introduce themselves, numbers, basic greetings, colors, calendar vocabulary, and question words in a fun setting. They will learn ask and answer simple questions like, What s your favorite color? or When is your birthday? They will hear a story about Alice Cogswell, the little girl who inspired Thomas Gallaudet travel to Europe to learn the best ways to teach deaf students.

ASL is an excellent second language choice for young children who are not ready for a foreign language with difficult writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation. Penn State University research demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students. Students may join ASL for Little Fingers during any quarter. At the end of the year, students will perform for parents to showcase their learning. Topics in this year s class series include: About Me (1st quarter), My Family (2nd quarter), My Town (3rd quarter) and My Big Adventures (4th quarter)! There a $9.00 materials fee for an age-appropriate class book. Compass will have the book on the first day, and families should bring cash or check payable to Compass for the book.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $124.00

French Foundations

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.

Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

French with Friends

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory class for elementary aged beginner. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.

Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

Mandarin for Beginners

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lisa Li

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! From the beginning, students will be taught Chinese characters and correct pronunciation of sounds, tones, and inflection. Language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), and simple greetings. The class will incorporate projects, games, and songs to reinforce learning. Aspects of Chinese culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes. This is taught as a small group class of 4-6 students. Students will be asked to purchase a student workbook, but specific edition will be recommended based on the age range and experience of the enrolled students.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

Mandarin for Intermediate Speakers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 4:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lisa Li

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! The emphasis in Intermediate Speakers is for students to continue to add and learn Chinese characters. Students will work on reading, writing, and speaking at the same time. The group will work on reading comprehension and will be encouraged to develop their own, creative tricks for memorizing and recalling a growing list of Chinese characters. Since this is offered as small class of 4-6 students, the curriculum will be adjusted and customized to the pace of the enrolled students. Students may be asked to purchase a student workbook, but specific edition will be recommended based on the age range and experience of the enrolled students. Students taking this class should have had a minimum of 30 hours of instruction (once per week for a year).

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

Spanish Amigos

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jeanniffer Denmark

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Hola! Spanish Amigos is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. Spanish language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with themes about colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, parts of the house, common objects, body parts, etc. Greetings and simple phrases will be woven into the day's activities, as well as cultural traditions when applicable. Writing, spelling, and grammar will not be emphasized in this class. Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. Students may join Spanish Amigos during any quarter.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

American Sign Language (ASL) for Tweens

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietre

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Are you interested in learning a new language that is used right here in America? Are you intrigued by a modern language that has no written form? Do you want to find out why American Sign Language is much more closely linked to French Sign Language than British Sign Language? If so, American Sign Language (ASL) is the perfect language for you! In this middle school version of the class, students will learn the basic skills in production and comprehension of ASL while covering thematic units on personal and family life. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Students will learn finger spelling and numbers, developing conversational ability, culturally appropriate behaviors, and fundamental ASL grammar.
Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL conversations, games, poetry, and story-telling. Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and practice. ASL is an excellent second language choice for tweens who have difficultly with writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

Students should plan to rent or purchase the "Signing Naturally Units 1-6 workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212105) which includes a DVD or signing videos. This is a semseter-long, 14-week course. The goal is for 4 semesters of middle school ASL (two years) to equal one year of high school ASL.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $270.00
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