World Language Program

2024-2025

The World Language Program at Cary Academy is designed to help students build communication skills in a new language (French, German, Mandarin or Spanish), while at the same time developing an understanding of and appreciation for the cultures surrounding that language.

World Language Program 24-25

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1 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC800-S1 Chinese: Business Communication & Chinese Corporate Culture The goal of this course is to improve students’ overall language proficiency using Chinese for business purposes. Students will learn etiquette tips and cultural and logistical hurdles to overcome for doing business in China, the art of subtle communications, and the Chinese banquette – what to expect. Class time will provide opportunities to learn how to build trust and make deals. Students develop enhanced skills of using the language for business communication in written and spoken forms. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
2 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLF613-S1 French: Sports in France S1 Are sports more important in France or in United States? What role does athletics play in France for young people? How does someone become a professional athlete in France? What sports and sporting events are most important? Who are the most famous coaches? In this class we will study the cultural differences between the US and France concerning sports and the value we, Americans and the French, place on youth, recreational, college and professional sports. We will learn about cycling, professional soccer and rugby leagues, and Olympic sports and athletes. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
3 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLG711-S1 German: The Green Wave S1 This course will take a closer look at environmental policy in the German-speaking countries of Europe. In order to better do this, a survey of German political parties and their environmental platforms will serve as examples. We will delve into the parliamentary system and the differences between this political system and our system in the U.S, and we will also monitor elections in the states in the East of Germany and in the European Union. What are the challenges to advancing climate protections, even in countries such as Germany, who have committed to climate goals but are still struggling to meet them? All 0.50 Fall 11,12
4 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS600-S2 Spanish: Global Warming & Vanishing Ecosystems S2 In this course, students will learn about how Global Warming contributes to environmental deterioration and health hazards. They will also study many animal species that are becoming endangered because of anthropogenic influence. Students will continue honing their language skills by engaging in active participation and discussions about these topics. They will also enhance their knowledge of the Spanish language by acquiring technical vocabulary from the biological and medical fields, and by working on perfecting the use of all the forms of the Subjunctive. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
5 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS604-S1 Spanish: The Unsettling & Unusual in Hispanic Literature S1 This course centers on contemporary Latin American media (literature, films, podcasts, etc.) about the weird and strange. Students will examine, among other things, how cultural context informs notions of what is (or is not) “unusual,” as well as how the fantastic and horror genres provide spaces for cultural examination and commentary. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
6 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC610-S2 Chinese: Silk Road Then and Now The Silk Road is the world's oldest, and most historically important overland trade route. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies, religions, and philosophies. This course intends to explore the old Silk Road and take a new look at China’s current “The Belt and Road Initiative” to gain a better understanding of how the power center shifts along the lines of the new silk roads.  All 0.50 Spring 11,12
7 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLF612-S2 French: France Today S2 In this semester course students will discover various aspects of contemporary French culture and society. Through different mediums such as music, film, literature and current events, students will gain a better understanding of the French culture while continuing to hone their language skills. Topics will include but not be limited to cars and driving, texting slang and the in-depth study of a region. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
8 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLG801-S2 German: Modernism S2 This course revolves around Modernist art movements in German-speaking Europe at the turn of the last century. We will begin with the Jugendstil art nouveau movement of Vienna, which included visual art, music, and architecture threads. Then we will explore German Expressionism, centering on the art movements “Die Brücke” and “Der blaue Reiter”. We will conclude by exploring the Bauhaus art school in Weimar and its contributions to architecture and design. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
9 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS607-S1 Spanish: Costa Rican Literature S1 This course will focus on Costa Rican Literature and the historical, cultural, and ecological events that brought it to life. It will also deal with the influence of the coffee and the banana industry in shaping up the culture, language, and identity of the country in relation to Central America. Most of the readings will be about social realism from a variety of genres. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
10 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS820-S2 Spanish: Science & Fiction in Latin America S2 This course focuses on Latin American media (short stories, films, podcasts, etc.) that speculates about the future and the possibilities that science may (or may not) unlock. Students will examine, among other things, how cultural context informs the roles and importance of science, as well as how the science fiction genre provides spaces for cultural examination and commentary. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
11 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLF400-SY Intermediate High French In this course students continue to develop their language skills through a series of discussions and projects related to excerpts of literary texts, as well as to current events in the French-speaking world. Students will also have the opportunity to build their vocabulary and perfect their pronunciation. Prerequisite: FLF300: Intermediate Mid French. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
12 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLG400-SY Intermediate High German In this course students continue to develop their language skills through a series of discussions and projects related to literary texts, cultural topics, and current events in the German-speaking world. Students at this level are narrating and describing at length when speaking and writing in German, and are working toward time frame accuracy. Prerequisite: FLG300: Intermediate Mid German. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
13 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS400-SY Intermediate High Spanish In this course students continue to develop their language skills while expanding their knowledge of more complex sentence structures. Students work on extended discourse in multiple time frames. Students will also have the opportunity to build their vocabulary and perfect their pronunciation. Prerequisite: FLS300: Intermediate Mid Spanish. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
14 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLF200-SY Intermediate Low French The goal of Intermediate Low French is to progress from Novice French to the Intermediate Low level, as specified by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines. The classroom experience is grounded in the four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The three modes of communication - interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational - provide the organizing principle for the course content. At the Intermediate Low proficiency level, students can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. They can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions. In the interpretive mode, students can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar. They can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences. The class is conducted in the target language, and the students produce more unrehearsed language chunks and sentences in class. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
15 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLG200-SY Intermediate Low German The goal of Intermediate Low German is to progress from Novice German to the Intermediate Low level, as specified by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines. The classroom experience is grounded in the four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The three modes of communication - interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational - provide the organizing principle for the course content. At the Intermediate Low proficiency level, students can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. They can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions. In the interpretive mode, students can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar. They can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences. The class is conducted in the target language, and the students produce more unrehearsed language chunks and sentences in class. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
16 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS200-SY Intermediate Low Spanish In this course students continue to develop vocabulary while expanding their knowledge of Spanish sentence structure. They also begin reading simple texts and further practice their composition and conversation skills. Prerequisite: FLS100: Novice Spanish. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
17 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLF300-SY Intermediate Mid French In this course students develop their language skills using a variety of authentic materials from French language texts and multimedia sources. The more complex grammatical structures of the language and idiomatic expressions are studied and utilized in regular composition and conversational activities. Prerequisite: FLF200: Intermediate Low French. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
18 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLG300-SY Intermediate Mid German In this course students develop their language skills using a variety of authentic materials. Intermediate-level grammar structures are studied in depth so that students have a strong foundation for higher-level courses. Students begin to speak and write in paragraph-level discourse in the appropriate time frame and become comfortable speaking on everyday topics. Prerequisites: FLG200: Intermediate Low German. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
19 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS300-SY Intermediate Mid Spanish In this course students develop their language skills using a variety of authentic materials from Spanish language texts and multimedia sources. The more complex grammatical structures of the language and idiomatic expressions are studied and utilized in regular composition and conversational activities. Prerequisite: FLS200: Intermediate Low Spanish. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
20 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC400-SY Intermediate-High Chinese Intermediate High Chinese builds upon the skills learned in Intermediate Mid Chinese, and continues to focus on strengthening and refining the four skills. More complex grammatical forms, texts, and dialogues, as well as increased character writing will be taught at this level. The text book and other authentic listening, reading, and multi-media materials from various sources are used to further develop the students' interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive language skills. Prerequisite: FLC300: Intermediate Mid Chinese. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
21 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC200-SY Intermediate-Low Chinese The goal of Intermediate Low Chinese is to progress from Novice Chinese to the Intermediate Low level, as specified by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines. The classroom experience is grounded in the four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The three modes of communication - interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational - provide the organizing principle for the course content. At the Intermediate Low proficiency level, students can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. They can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions. In the interpretive mode, students can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar. They can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences. The class is conducted increasingly in Chinese, and the students produce more unrehearsed language chunks and sentences in class. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
22 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC300-SY Intermediate-Mid Chinese In this course, students develop the four communication skills-listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Character writing is also introduced and practiced. With form-focused instruction within the context of the communicative approach, this course aims at developing both fluency and accuracy. Prerequisite: FLC200: Intermediate Low Chinese. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
23 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC100-SY Novice Chinese Novice Chinese is an introduction course to the study of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. The classroom experience is grounded in the four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The three modes of communication - interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational - provide the organizing principle for the course content. Students become acquainted with the sound of the language, its radical and character components. Students learn elements of Chinese culture including family structure, society, food, music, and major festivals as they are building up their vocabulary. Students learn how to talk about themselves and their community and to request and provide information by asking and answering practiced and original questions. This foundation course is taught using Simplified characters. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
24 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLF100-SY Novice French Novice French is an introduction course to the study of French language and culture. The classroom experience is grounded in the four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The three modes of communication-- interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational--provide the organizing principle for the course content. Students learn elements of the target language culture while building up their vocabulary. They will learn how to talk about themselves and their community and to request and provide information by asking and answering practiced and original questions. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
25 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLG100-SY Novice German Novice German is an introduction course to the study of German language and culture. The classroom experience is grounded in the four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The three modes of communication-- interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational--provide the organizing principle for the course content. Students learn elements of the target language culture while building up their vocabulary. They will learn how to talk about themselves and their community and to request and provide information by asking and answering practiced and original questions. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
26 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLS100-SY Novice Spanish Emphasis in this course is on the acquisition of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students develop a base vocabulary and learn simple grammatical constructions needed for essential communication. They are also introduced to important aspects of the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
27 emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM emi_charboneau 26/02/2024 07:15 PM World Languages FLC540-SY Studies in Chinese Language and Culture In this course students will increase their proficiency in each of the four basic language skills. This course starts with a thorough review of vocabulary and sentence structures. Then, the course moves on to a gradual development of a familiarity with different types of discourse such as stating opinions, commenting, and making requests. Prerequisite: FLC400: Intermediate High Chinese. All 1.00 Year 9,10,11,12
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