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Foreign Language

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Tuition Payments are broken up with two payments for semester classes and four payments for annual classes

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
COURSE TITLE GRADE   TUTOR   TERM   TUITION
Middle School Spanish
curriculum on 2-year rotation
5-7   Rodriguez   Full Year    $380
High School Spanish I
IN PERSON or ONLINE
8-12   Rodriguez   Full Year    $380
High School Spanish II 9-12   Rodriguez   Full Year    $380
American Sign Language I 
IN PERSON or ONLINE 
8-12   Harris   Full Year    $375
American Sign Language II  8-12   Harris   Full Year    $375
German I 7-12   Stewart   Full Year    $365
German II 7-12   Stewart   Full Year    $365
German III - New 7-12   Stewart   Full Year    $365

 


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

American Sign Language I
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of American Sign Language and the culture that created it. The environment of the class is designed to be both fun and educational. The class will focus on vocabulary and on the mechanics of communicating manually instead of verbally. Some specific areas covered include fingerspelling, numbers, vocabulary, and verbs. The class will also include learning greetings and introductions in ASL & some basic grammar sentences.

Throughout the entire class, students will also learn about the culture of the American Deaf community. Songs and games will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students constantly review and practice what they have learned.

The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters.

Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in English and ASL with a portion at end with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students to allow the students to learn the signs and ask questions verbally and then practice the signs they have learned.

American Sign Language II
Designed to build off of the ASL1 class offered through WEST, this American Sign Language course uses the vernacular, mechanical, and cultural knowledge of the students to begin developing the sentence structure and grammar of ASL. Through class discussion, homework assignments, videos, games, and music, students will expand their knowledge and skills of this beautiful language. Discussions will also delve more deeply into the culture of Deaf Americans.

The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters.

Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in English and ASL with a portion at end with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students to allow the students to learn the signs and ask questions verbally and then practice the signs they have learned.

German I
In German 1, we will lay a foundation of German by learning greetings and introductions, colors, numbers, weather, school subjects, school supplies, hobbies and sports; using a textbook and workbook. Additional tools may involve partner activities, group activities, skits, presentations, trivia questions, crafts, games, art, music, physical engagement ("Please close the window." ) and perhaps cooking. The quicker students engage in the language, the more they will remember and the more fun they will have! I will use as many means as possible to encourage student involvement!

Grades will be based across an even distribution of: written homework, oral participation in class, small group assessments, quizzes and tests

German II
In German 2, we will continue building on the foundation laid in German I; using a textbook and workbook.  There will be further development of conversation through partner work in German.  Also, the techniques incorporated in German 1 of skits, partner dialogues, group activities, presentations, trivia questions, crafts, games, art, music, physical engagement, and maybe cooking, if time allows. 

German III
In German 3, we will expand the German skills to include more short story reading, writing and class discussion. We will use Deutsch Aktuell 2 (5th edition-2004) as a foundation for grammar and vocabulary.

High School Spanish I
Students will learn Spanish through connections with other subjects, such as: music, literature, math, history, health, art, social sciences, geography and technology. Students will examine Latino/Hispanic culture and explore perspectives of Spanish speakers in regards to family, friends/friendship, sports/athletics, community service, food, social events and festivities, traveling and computer technology.

This class involves learning Spanish grammar such as: definite and indefinite articles, word order and placement, plurals of adjectives, subject pronouns and conjugation of present tense verbs. Songs, dance, cooking, arts and crafts and other activities appropriate for 7th -12th students are incorporated into the class.

My class usually is 1 hour of teaching and 30 min of games and manipulatives so students learn more, I use quizlet, kahoot and other online games.

During the year I do a “Cultural day” every other month and we make:

Mexican tortillas, pyramids, Peruvian mask, molas from panama, ornamnets for Christmas, etc.

High School Spanish II
A continuation of Spanish I. This involves a further study of Spanish grammar such as: using comparisons, demonstrative adjectives, direct and indirect object pronouns, commands, present progressive and past tense verb conjugations. Songs, dance, cooking, arts and crafts and other activities appropriate for 8th -12th students are incorporated into the class. The last Wednesday of each moth we have a cultural day where the students experience culture by trying and cooking Latino food.

My class usually is 1 hour of teaching and 30 min of games and manipulatives so students learn more, I use quizlet, kahoot and other online games.

During the year I do a “Cultural day” every other month and we make:

Mexican tortillas, pyramids, a Peruvian mask, molas from Panama, ornaments for Christmas, etc. We rotate every year.

Middle School Spanish (2-year rotation of topics)
This class is a rotation class so students will visit Latin America to learn about the culture, songs, flags, and food of México, Guatemala, Panamá, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Each student will have a passport and will get a stamp after finishing their assignments.

Every time a student will visit the country, they will also learn basic conversational skills, pronunciation, greetings, introductions, classroom directions, numbers, alphabet, telling time, days of the week, months, weather and seasons. All taught through immersion in a Spanish environment and engaging in FUN, 5th – 7th grade activities (songs, dance, cooking, arts and various activities) that are designed to help students develop a knowledge and appreciation of Latino/Hispanic culture. My class usually is 1hour teach and 30 min of games and manipulatives so students learn more, I use quizlet, kahoot and other online games.

During the year I do a “Cultural day” every other month and we make:

Mexican tortillas, pyramids, Peruvian mask, molas from panama, ornamnets for Christmas, etc. We rotate this every year.

We also have a field trip to the Mexican bakery where they teach the students how to make Mexican bread and decorate cakes, this will be an extra cost and optional.