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French Foundations

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

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: $171.00

French with Friends

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

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: $171.00

Spanish Amigos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

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: $154.00

American Sign Language (ASL) 1B for Tweens

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri/ Lisandrea Wentland

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Middle school students will continue to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to learn this intriguing moden langauge that has no written form yet is used right here in America!. Students will continue to refine basic skills, add to vocabulary, practice fundamental grammar, expand their ability to converse in ASL, and improve comprehension. Students will continue to use a high school curriculum and follow the thematic units of the text which are supplmented with videos and additional vocabulary. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Students will have the option to take the course at an "on-level" or "honors" level. At the end of the year, middle school students will be assessed and may be recommended to enroll in the high school level ASL II next year. A student who wishes to enroll in ASL 1B (second semester) without having had first semester will be asked to meet with the instructor to show an understanding and fluency similar to what was covered first semester.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $325.00

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