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World Languages

The World Languages Department provides sequential learning in the following:  Chinese, Hawaiian*, Japanese and Spanish.  Each of these courses develops students’ oral/aural understanding and reading skills with an emphasis on cultural appreciation.  Each course is one credit, one year.  While two years of a world language are required for high school graduation, students are strongly encouraged to complete three years of world language study.  With instructor approval, advanced scholars may avail of language studies through Level IV as well as the individualized Directed Study program.
 
*Hawaiian language courses are cross-listed under the Hawaiian Studies section of this catalog. 
 
The following outlines the tiered ranking for all World Language courses at Saint Louis: 
 
Level I       Introduction to basic speech patterns and vocabulary 
 
Level II     Increasingly complicated structural patterns.
Prerequisite: Level I with a C or better and/or teacher’s consent 
 
Level III     Emphasis on oral competency and fluency                     
Prerequisite: Level II with B or better and/or teacher’s consent 
 
Level IV     Higher degree of complexity in grammar, dialogue and cultural studies.    
Prerequisite: Level III with B or better and/or teacher’s consent 
 
Directed Study:   Individualized creative projects approved and monitored by Instructor.   Prerequisite: Level IV proficiency with teacher and department chair’s  approval 

Hawaiian I Grades 9-12 (year)
An introduction to basic speech patterns, vocabulary, and Hawaiian culture. Hawaiian I is designed to begin developing the skills of listening, comprehending, speaking, reading and writing the Hawaiian language. This course includes units on the history of the language, people, origins, society and values. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to hold a basic conversation in Hawaiian.
 
Hawaiian II** Grades 9-12 (year)
A continuation of Hawaiian I. Students will continue to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding the Hawaiian language. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to hold an intermediate level conversation in Hawaiian.
 
Hawaiian III Honors** Grades 10-12 (year)
This honors level course is designed to deepen a student’s understanding of the Hawaiian language and culture. Lessons will include Hawaiian readings and the development of creative writing skills. Students will also do translation work on reading materials for Hawaiian immersion students. Tutoring of beginning language learners will be expected.
 
Hawaiian IV** Grades 10-12 (year)
This honors level course is designed to deepen a student’s understanding of the Hawaiian language and culture. Lessons will include Hawaiian readings and the development of creative writing skills. Students will also do translation work on reading materials for Hawaiian immersion students. Tutoring of beginning language learners will be expected. 
 
Japanese I Grades 9-12 (year)
This is a year-long course which is designed to introduce students to basic Japanese vocabulary, grammatical structure, and cultural perspectives. It is directly tied to HCPS (Hawaii Content and Performance Standards) and equips students with skills needed to function in an international economy. At this level, students will learn formal verb forms, common expressions, hiragana (syllabic characters), and katakana (characters for foreign words and emphasis). In addition, up to twenty Chinese characters (or “kanji”) will be introduced.
 
Japanese II ** Grades 9-12 (year)
This is a year-long course which is designed to broaden student knowledge of Japanese vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural perspectives. It is directly tied to HCPS (Hawaii Content and Performance Standards) and equips students with skills needed to function in an international economy. At this level, students will learn informal verb forms and common expressions. In addition, up to twenty Chinese characters (or “kanji”) will be introduced.
 
Japanese III ** Grades 10-12 (year)
This is a year-long course which is designed to dovetail with the pursuit of foreign language study at the college level. It is directly tied to HCPS (Hawaii Content and Performance Standards) and equips students with skills needed to function in an international economy. At this level, students will begin learning how to express complex ideas using relative clauses, conditional clauses, hearsay patterns, and other advanced structures. In addition, up to twenty Chinese characters (or “kanji”) will be introduced.
 
Japanese IV ** Grades 10-12 (year)
This year-long course emphasizes the business and more formal forms of speech. Broader aspects of Japanese culture will be analyzed. Students apply growing proficiency in narration and description to an increased cultural and literature focus. Short stories, poetry, excerpts from selected literary sources, and authentic materials are included for reading and discussion.
 
Spanish I Grades 9-12 (year)
This is a Spanish course that focuses on the four key areas of grammar, vocabulary, conversation, and culture. In each unit, we will learn new grammar and vocabulary items while focusing on the culture of a particular Spanish-speaking country. Throughout the year, we will practice what we learn through conversing in class and preparing projects that demonstrate knowledge of the four key areas.
 
Spanish II ** Grades 9-12 (year)
This is the second level Spanish course that focuses more intensively on the four key areas of grammar, vocabulary, conversation, and culture. In each unit, we will learn new grammar and vocabulary items while focusing on the culture of a particular Spanish-speaking country.
Throughout the year, we will practice what we learn through conversing in class and preparing projects that demonstrate knowledge of the four key areas. 
 
Spanish III ** Grades 10-12 (year)
This is the third level Spanish course in which students apply previously developed content and skills to identify main ideas and significant details in oral and written presentations, read and interpret authentic materials, and narrate and describe in sentences or groups of related sentences. Students continue to refine their knowledge and understanding of the culture studies as well as their own by demonstrating behaviors appropriate to the culture. Grammar is integrated throughout this two-course sequence and is selected according to the language needs.

Spanish IV ** Grades 10-12 (year)
This is the fourth level Spanish course in which students apply previously developed content and skills to identify main ideas and significant details in oral and written presentations, read and interpret authentic materials, and narrate and describe in sentences or groups of related sentences. Students continue to refine their knowledge and understanding of the culture studies as well as their own by demonstrating behaviors appropriate to the culture. Grammar is integrated throughout this two-course sequence and is selected according to the language needs.