All students can learn to speak a second language. The study of World Languages provides students with the ability to communicate in another language and exposes them to new experiences which will make them more culturally aware. Learning a World Language is a natural and enjoyable process and studies have shown that learning a World Language promotes cognitive flexibility. New Brunswick Public Schools follow the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard 7.1 to promote language acquisition as well as the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century known as the “Five Cs” - Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

7.1 World Languages All students will be able to use a world language in addition to English to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken and written language, and to present information, concepts, and ideas, while also gaining an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures. Through language study, they will make connections with other content areas, compare the language and culture studied with their own, and participate in home and global communities.

Students in grades 9-12 are instructed by highly qualified, certified World Language teachers. Students are offered the following World Language courses and can proceed to the next level based on successful completion of the course and/or teacher recommendations and placement tests. 

Courses

SPANISH LITERACY 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite (s): None. 

Spanish Literacy is an elective course specifically designed for newly arrived Spanish speaking students with limited English proficiency and lacking Spanish skills. It is offered in lieu of English taught electives. Spanish Literacy is designed to maintain and improve proficiency in the Spanish Language. Students will develop and strengthen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of strategies that promote critical thinking skills. In addition, students will acquire study skills that will assist them in attaining academic success. Students will also gain knowledge of life experiences and insight that will enhance their self-esteem.


SPANISH I 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

Spanish I is the introductory course for students who want to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary building in SPANISH. The fundamental principles of oral expression are central to the course. Progressively greater emphasis is placed on reading, and writing skills. Aspects of Hispanic life, culture, and geography and career awareness are introduced through selected readings and class discussions.


SPANISH II 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Spanish I or Spanish Level Placement Test. 

Spanish II is an intermediate course designed to expand the fundamental principles acquired in Spanish I. The course provides students with an active command of the basic spoken and written language. Listening, comprehension, oral ability and independent use of structural principles are emphasized. Reading and classroom discussions of aspects of Hispanic life, culture, history, geography and career awareness are integral parts of the program.


SPANISH III 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Spanish II or Spanish Level Placement Test. 

Spanish III is an advanced course for students who which to achieve greater fluency in the language. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s ability to understand and use idiomatic Spanish orally and in writing. Grammar is analyzed and studied through readings in Hispanic history, culture and literature. Career opportunities will be explored.


SPANISH IV 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Spanish III or Spanish Level Placement Test. 

Spanish IV is the most advanced course for students who wish to achieve greater fluency in the language. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s ability to understand and use idiomatic SPANISH orally and in writing. Syntax and style are studied through readings in Hispanic history, culture and literature. Career opportunities will be highlighted.


AP SPANISH 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in Spanish IV. 

The AP Spanish course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Spanish course. All college bound students, who are planning to major in World Language Spanish, are strongly encouraged to take this highly challenging course. The topics of study focus on Spanish language grammar, Spanish literature and important cultural elements of Spanish speaking countries. The course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. 

Colleges may offer students advanced standing or credit for one semester, or more of college 
Spanish based on their performance on this test.


FRENCH I 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

French I is the introductory course for students who want to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and vocabulary building in French. The fundamental principles of oral expression are central to the course. Progressively greater emphasis is placed on reading and writing skills. Aspects of French life, culture, geography, and career awareness are introduced through selected readings and class discussions.


FRENCH II 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits - Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of French I. 

French II is an intermediate course designed to expand the fundamentals principles acquired in French I. The course provides students with an active command of the basic spoken and written language. Listening comprehension, oral ability and independent use of structural principles are emphasized. Readings and classroom discussions of aspects of French life, culture, and geography and career awareness are integral parts of the program.


FRENCH III 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of French II. 

French III is an advanced course that provides students with an introduction to French literature. There is an emphasis on the appreciation of tone, style and literary merit. Structural principles are reviewed and reinforced through classroom discussions, oral presentations and written papers to improve in self-expression. Culture and career awareness are also emphasized.


FRENCH IV 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of French III. 

French IV is the most advanced course for students who wish to achieve greater fluency in the language. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s ability to understand and use idiomatic French orally and in writing. Readings are selected from various periods and genres to increase students’ awareness of literary trends, styles and culture. Career opportunities will be highlighted.


JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE I 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

Japanese Language and Culture I is the introductory course for students who want to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary building in Japanese. Progressively greater emphasis is placed on reading and writing skills. Aspects of Japanese life, culture, and geography and career awareness are introduced through selected readings and class discussion.


JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE II 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Japanese I. 

Japanese Language and Culture II is designed to expand the communications skills, of listening, speaking, reading and writing of Kanji characters. Aspects of Japanese life, society and culture and career development will continue to be discussed through reading and/or visual material. Students will learn Katakana letters and basic Kanji characters, as well as basic verb and adjective forms. Independent use of structural principles in various communication activities is central to the course.


JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE III 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Japanese II. 

Japanese Language and Culture III is an advanced course for students who wish to continue developing oral and written communication skills. In addition to building knowledge of vocabulary and Kanji characters, the course will focus on more complicated structural forms and patterns. Reading and writing practice in Japanese will also be discussed through readings and/or visual materials. Career opportunities will be emphasized.


JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IV 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Japanese III. 

Japanese Language and Culture IV is the most advanced course, designed to refine oral and written communication skills. The distinction between (1) formal and informal speech styles, (2) oral and written forms, and (3) male and female speech will be emphasized. Additional Kanji and vocabulary as well as complex sentence patterns will be learned. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on conversations in various contexts using appropriate speech levels, style, and vocabulary. They will also be able to read various texts using the dictionary and to write in functional settings such as providing descriptions, expressing opinions and feelings, making requests, and negotiating. Topics regarding people and culture in Japan and their relationship to American culture will be explored according to the students’ interest. Career opportunities will continue to be emphasized. Technology is included for instruction and assessment.

 

Faculty

Damour, Judith
 
Shields-Buono, Michele
 
Sugimura, Yoko
 
Medina, Julia
 
Orellana, Josmel
 
Quesada, Ximena
 
Golindano, Luisa