The World Language Department at Abraham Lincoln High School currently offers the following languages: Chinese, Chinese Honors, Spanish, Spanish Honors, Spanish AP, Japanese, Japanese Honors, French, French Honors, and Primary Language Arts in Chinese.

TEACHERS & COURSES TAUGHT:

Ms. Nancy Yu / Chinese
Ms. Emma Lee / Chinese
Ms. Teresa Lui / Chinese & Primary Language Arts in Chinese
Ms. Yu Chi Frances Liu / Japanese & Chinese
Mr. Koichi Charles Sano (Department Chair) / Japanese
Ms. Anne Shirvani / Spanish
Ms. Suzann Baldwin / Spanish
Mr. Julio Chavarri / Spanish
Ms. Monica Silberberg / Spanish
Mr. John Frediani / French
Mr. Fan Fang / Primary Language Arts in Chinese

COURSES OFFERED 2008-09:

The following courses are currently offered:
Chinese 1-8, Chinese 3-6 Honors, Spanish 1-6, Spanish 3-6 Honors, Spanish AP, Japanese 1-8,
Japanese 5-8 Honors, French 1-8, French 3-6 Honors, Chinese Primary Language Arts 1-6,
Chinese Primary Language Arts 3-6 Honors.

GOALS: (National Standards for World Language Learning, 5 C’s)

1. Communicate in languages other than English. (Communication)
2. Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures. (Culture)
3. Connect with other disciplines and acquire information. (Connection)
4. Develop insight into own language and culture. (Comparison)
5. Participate in multilingual communities and global societies. (Community)

OBJECTIVES: (National Standards for World Language learning, 5 C’s)

1. Communication
• You will be able to communicate by providing and obtaining information and expressing feelings and emotions.
• You will be able to comprehend the main ideas of oral and written narratives in the target language.
• You will be able to present information to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

2. Culture
• You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the products, practices and underlying perspectives of the target language culture.

3. Connections
• You will be able to reinforce your knowledge of other disciplines through the use of target language ( i.e., art, geography, etc.).

4. Comparison
• You will be able to identify and describe the similarities and differences between the target language and your native language.

5. Community
• You will be able to demonstrate evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the target language both in and out of class for personal enrichment (i.e., cooking/eating food of the target language culture, participating in the cultural events, etc.).

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

World Language 1/2 (1st year Chinese/French/Japanese/Spanish) Grade 9-12
This is a beginning course that emphasizes the development of communication skills and awareness of the target language cultures through activities and materials designed to develop language skills. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the language to be used naturally and spontaneously in real life situations.

World Language 3/4 (2nd Year Chinese/French/Japanese/Spanish) Grade 9-12
This is a continuation and expansion of skills mastered in the first year with continued emphasis on all language skills. Students are encouraged to create with the language using everyday routines, common events, and narrations of past and future actions.
Prerequisites: World Language 1-2 with grade of D or higher, or recommendation by teacher.

World Language 5/6 (3rd Year Chinese/French/Japanese/Spanish) Grade 10-12
This course reviews previously learned materials and introduces more complex vocabulary and grammatical structures to further develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students comprehend and produce oral and written sentences and paragraphs dealing with topics related to self, the immediate environment, survival and courtesy in some informal and transactional settings.
Prerequisites: World Language 3-4 with grade of D or higher, or recommendation by teacher.

World Language 7/8 (4th year Chinese/French/Japanese) Grade 10-12
This course reviews previously learned materials and introduces more complex vocabulary and grammatical structures to further develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students comprehend and produce oral and written paragraphs dealing with concrete and factual topics of public interest as well as practical, social and professional topics in most informal and some formal settings.
Prerequisites: World Language 5-6 with grade of D or higher, or recommendation by teacher.

Chinese Primary Language Arts (First, second, & third year) Grade 9-12
These courses permit students to enhance their already existing language skills. The Primary Language Arts courses focus on all areas of language development with emphasis on reading and writing skills and feature a significant study of culture and literature.
Prerequisites: Placement test and recommendation by teacher.

Honors Courses (Second, third, fourth years) Grade 10-12 These courses provide students with extended content and additional workload. Students engage in more challenging communicative activities and develop critical reading skills. There is a comprehensive oral and written final examination.
Prerequisites: Previous level course with grade of A or B, and recommendation by teacher. For Chinese Primary Language Arts Honors, District placement test and recommendation by teacher.

AP Spanish Language Grade 10-12
This course follows the College Entrance Examination Board course description for advanced placement work in languages. It prepares students to take the AP examination in May.
Prerequisites: 1) Spanish 5/6 or 5/6 Honors, 3/4 E, or 5/6 E with grade of A or B, and teacher recommendation, or 2) without previous Spanish courses completed, passage of placement test.