Thursday, March 13, 2014

Félicitations à Hara Blanas - 1st Place Winner in French Oratory Contest!

I am so excited to share the wonderful news that Hara Blanas won first place in last night's Club Richelieu French Language Oratory Contest! This is the first time that any student from Arlington High School has participated in the contest. A student in Véronique Lahey's AP French class, Hara has had excellent preparation throughout her French studies, and will now be moving on to the regional contest, to be held on March 22. Hara was awarded $400 for her win. 

Hara had to prepare a speech addressing the following topic: If you could live in a francophone country -- any one in the world, but not in France -- where would you live and why? What would your life be like in this country?

To quote Véronique, "Hara dominated" !!




Monday, March 10, 2014

AHS Program of Studies - World Languages

Arlington High School has just released the Program of Studies for the 2014-2015 school year. CLICK HERE to find just the World Language section.

We're excited to continue to offer five languages at the High School, and strongly encourage students to take advantage and use one of their electives to take a second second language! French, Latin, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish are important languages globally, and important languages to this community. We also offer five more languages online for students to choose from (these classes do not count towards the graduation requirement): American Sign Language, Arabic, Japanese, German, and Russian. Let's hear it for linguistic diversity!!

We are also excited to offer courses for all learners, even those who may struggle with the Curriculum A and Honors levels. Students can now choose from two courses designed with them in mind that will help them meet the graduation requirement:

Latin Language and Culture 1A &1B
CL1115Z Latin Language and Culture 1A 5 points
This course and Latin Language and Culture 1B will offer students the opportunity to explore cultural topics in depth while following the Latin 1 syllabus at a slower pace. A wide variety of activities will be used to teach and reinforce Latin grammar and vocabulary, as well as English prefixes and roots derived from Latin. Students use the knowledge of Latin vocabulary to broaden their English vocabulary base, and improve their literacy skills in English. Students will be encouraged to select both courses. Enrollment in this course requires the approval of the Director of World Languages.

CL1116Z Latin Language and Culture 1B 5 points
This course is a continuation of Latin Language and Culture 1A, and offers students the opportunity to explore cultural topics in depth while following the Latin 1 syllabus at a slower pace. A wide variety of activities will be used to teach and reinforce Latin grammar and vocabulary, as well as English prefixes and roots derived from Latin. Students use the knowledge of Latin vocabulary to broaden their English vocabulary base, and improve their literacy skills in English. Enrollment in this course requires the approval of the Director of World Languages. Upon successful completion of this course, students may enroll in Latin 2A or H, depending on teacher recommendation.

Spanish for Conversation
ML1111Z Spanish for Conversation (Novice) – Curriculum B 5 points
With an emphasis on practical applications of Spanish, students will develop basic conversational skills and be able to apply them to a variety of real-world situations. Students will develop an understanding of Hispanic culture in the United States and the importance of Spanish globally. This course is open to students enrolled in the Workplace program. Admission by students not enrolled in Workplace requires approval from the Principal and the Director of World Languages.