World Language

Chinese I 
  • Covers pronunciation patterns, tones and basic grammatical structures  
  • Introduces writing of simplified Chinese characters  
  • Takes students through ⅔ of Level 1, volume 1 of the text series Integrated Chinese

Chinese 2/2 Honors
  • Covers most of the basic grammar structures in Chinese   
  • Emphasizes oral proficiency and short written works using structures learned   
  • Develops fluency through oral presentations and supports mastery of 700 characters

Chinese 3/3 Honors
  • Expands oral knowledge of Chinese to address more complex situations   
  • Stresses listening comprehension and speaking about Chinese culture in the target language   
  • Requires oral presentations to develop fluency

Chinese 4/4 Honors 
  • Covers a wide range of topics related to current events and Chinese culture   
  • Reinforces fluency through written work and oral presentations   
  • Supports mastery of 1500 characters

Chinese 5 Honors 
  • Solidifies knowledge of spoken and written Chinese   
  • Focuses on topics related to history, social sciences, and current events utilizing authentic resources   
  • Reinforces fluency through written work and oral presentation

French 1 
  • Develops listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in the target language   
  • Covers the basic grammar construction of present tense   
  • Utilizes the internet as a learning and research source  for cultural and informational activities

French 2/2 Honors 
  • Enhances understanding of French language and culture through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities   
  • Encourages students to learn about cultural traditions of French speaking countries

French 3/3 Honors 
  • Focuses on perfecting the foundation of the language while introducing more complex
  • grammatical structures   
  • Introduces students to French literature

French 4/4 Honors 
  • Surveys literary styles, film and music selections in a socio-historical context   
  • Develops an awareness of culture, practices and perspectives

AP French Language & Culture 
  • Promotes fluency and accuracy   
  • Engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts   
  • Develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices and perspectives   
  • Prepares students for AP exam

Latin 1
  • Focuses on the basic elements of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax  
  • Explores English derivatives when learning new Latin vocabulary  
  • Integrates topics of Roman culture, history, and literature
Latin 2/2H
  • Reviews grammar and vocabulary of Latin I   
  • Exposes students to more complex syntax and new vocabulary   
  • Explores first century Roman culture and history
Latin 3/3 Honors
  • Develops reading competence through the study of prose by Cicero, Pliny the Younger, and Caesar, and poetry by Catullus, Vergil, Ovid and Martial   
  • Explores entertainment in ancient Rome through Roman prose, poetry and inscriptions
Latin 4 Honors
  • Focuses on deeper understanding of ancient texts by various authors.   
  • Emphasizes reading comprehension, and the ability to identify grammatical constructions and literary and rhetorical figures in text   
  • Alternates years with AP Vergil
AP Latin
  • Includes selections from Books 1, 2, 4, 6,10 and 12 of Vergil’s Aeneid in Latin and the entire epic in English   
  • Explores the historical, social and political context of the Aeneid   
  • Emphasizes analysis, literal translations, and figures of speech   
Spanish 1
  • Develops listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in the target language   
  • Covers basic grammar construction of the present tense   
  • Utilizes the internet as a learning and research source for cultural and international activities
Spanish 2/2 Honors
  • Builds on listening, reading, speaking and writing skills   
  • Covers regular and irregular verbs in the preterite and imperfect tenses   
  • Expands vocabulary through meaningful cultural activities
Spanish 3/3 Honors
  • Moves students toward fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing   
  • Explores the traditions, literature, art, history and music of the Spanish speaking world   
  • Reinforces the proper use of grammatical and vocabulary structures
Spanish 4
  • Latin American or Hispanic Civilization & Culture Through Film (Spanish & Latin American alternate years)   
  • Examines the history, literature, religion, politics, arts and social customs of  Latin America or Spain through film, videos, music and literary selections
Spanish 4 Honors
  • Conversation & Composition   
  • Examines more complex language structures through reading and discussion of numerous Spanish texts
Language Immersion Trips
  • Opportunities for students to take immersion trips to strengthen linguistic ability and real life cultural experience   
  • Rotating annual immersion locales: 2013-14,  Rome and Nicaragua; 2014-15 Chile and Quebec; 2015-16, China; 2016-17, France and Nicaragua
AP Spanish Language
  • Emphasizes effective use of language for active communication   
  • Develops Spanish vocabulary and ability to comprehend, write and speak with some fluency   
  • Prepares students for AP exam
AP Spanish Literature
  • Presents great works of both Peninsular and American literature from the last 1200 years   
  • Develops skills in thematic and critical analysis across all genres   
  • Prepares students for AP exam
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Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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