World Languages

World Language

World Languages

The World Languages Department offers full-credit courses in Latin, French, and Spanish. The program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals necessary to speak, understand, read, and write a world language. Completion of two to three years of the same language taken at Brother Martin is required for graduation. A student must complete his second year of a world language with at least a B average in order to continue the study of that world language .

 

Courses:

Latin I
This course stresses vocabulary, grammar and syntax especially in their relation to English. These areas are studied in the context of Latin writings in mythology, history, and poetry.

Latin II
This course includes more writings in mythology, history, and other Latin literature as well as the following concepts: the ablative absolute, participial constructions, and the subjunctive.

Latin III Honors 
This course  examines an oration of Cicero, portions of epics, and excerpts taken from a survey of Latin literature well into the medieval period. The uses of the subjunctive, participles, and gerunds are stressed. 

Latin IV Honors
This course utilizes the play Miles Gloriosus and passages of the epic Aeneid to further develop linguistic mastery and understanding of Greco-Roman culture.

French I
This course is a balance of practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the present verb tense. Students will be asked to prepare simple dialogues and write single paragraphs and compositions. Cultural connections will be presented throughout the course.

French II
This course  consists of practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the imperative and past verb tenses. Students will progressively increase the complexity of dialogue presentations and compositions. Cultural connections will be presented throughout the course.

French III Honors
This course continues to develop all foreign language skills with a focus on the present perfect, future, subjunctive, and conditional verb tenses. Students will deepen their reading comprehension skills by reading modern short stories and a novel. Students will deepen their cultural understanding with research and presentations.

French IV Honors
This course  continues to develop all foreign language skills with advanced grammar and conversation. Students will deepen their language skills and cultural understanding through the study of literature, history, music, cinema, and art.

Spanish I
This course is a balance of practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the present verb tense. Students will be asked to prepare simple dialogues and write single paragraphs and compositions. Cultural connections will be presented throughout the course.

Spanish II
This course consists of practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the imperative and past verb tenses. Students will progressively increase the complexity of dialogue presentations and compositions. Cultural connections will be presented throughout the course.

Spanish III Honors
This course continues to develop all foreign language skills with a focus on the present perfect, future, subjunctive, and conditional verb tenses. Students will deepen their reading comprehension skills by reading modern short stories and a novel. Students will deepen their cultural understanding with research and presentations.

Spanish IV Honors 
This course continues to develop all foreign language skills with advanced grammar and conversation. Students will deepen their language skills and cultural understanding through the study of literature, history, music, cinema, and art.

Chinese
This 1/2 credit elective introduces students to the basics of Mandarin Chinese. Students will begin listening, understanding, speaking, writing, and reading standard Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, students will be introduced to various cultural elements of Chinese culture.

This full credit elective builds upon the 1/2 credit course. Students will improve upon their knowledge of listening, understanding, speaking, writing, and reading standard Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, students will be introduced to various grammatical and idiomatic structures as they further explore elements of Chinese culture.

German 
This course stresses the skills in listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. It teaches elements of pronunciation and the essentials of grammar. Cultural connections will be presented throughout the course.

Faculty

Mrs. Mary Oestriecher, M.S., Department Chair
Ms. Kathleen Choina, M.S.
Mr. Francisco “Cisco” Gonzales ’13, B.S.
Mr. Ed Merritt, B.A.
Mr. Aaron Reller, M.Ed.
Mr. Peter Valiente, M.Ed.

Helpful Links

Word Reference
Word Reference contains an English to Spanish, Spanish to English, English to French, French to English word dictionary. Students place the word they want translated in one of the text boxes on the left hand side of the page.

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