2019-20High School Course Selection Guide SPANISH 2 (9, 10, 11, 12)
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Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and explore certain aspects of the culture of the Spanish speaking world. The course consists of dialogues, readings, the expansion of grammatical structures, cultural materials and role playing. The use of Spanish in class is stressed.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1. SPANISH 3 HONORS (9, 10, 11, 12)
A rigorous and in-depth study, this course is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students are challenged by a higher level of expectation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Vocabulary is developed in context through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Grammatical structures are expanded and enhanced through literature. Spanish is used almost exclusively in the classroom.
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 2. SPANISH 4 HONORS (10, 11, 12)
A continuation of a rigorous and in-depth study of the Spanish language, this course is intended for serious and highly motivated students who were successful in Spanish 3 Honors and is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students continue to expand and refine their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in authentic context, as well as thoroughly explore culture and literature. Spanish is used almost exclusively in class, and students are evaluated on their ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
1 CREDIT Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 3 Honors and teacher recommendation. SPANISH 5 ACCELERATED HONORS (11, 12) 1 CREDIT
Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning Students refine the skills which they have previously mastered in order to develop advanced level competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course is intended for very serious and highly motivated students who were successful in Spanish 4 Honors and is designed as a prerequisite to the Advanced Placement course the following year. Activities are fashioned to strengthen cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. Literature, structure, vocabulary, and application of the language in varied situations are the featured elements of the course. Spanish is used exclusively in class. Students are evaluated on their ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 4 Honors and teacher recommendation.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE (12) 1 CREDIT
Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning Rigorous and demanding, this thematic course is intended for highly motivated students who wish to develop an advanced level of proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. AP Spanish Language will emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop (1) the ability to understand spoken Spanish in various contexts, (2) vocabulary sufficient for reading newspapers, magazines, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary, and (3) the ability to express themselves with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Spanish. Students should have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking people and should have already attained a reasonable proficiency in all four skills. A minimum of thirty to forty minutes of daily homework and preparation plus independent work will be required. The course provides the diligent
student the opportunity to prepare for success on the AP exam.
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 5 Accelerated Honors and a strong teacher recommendation.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CAPSTONE YEAR 1: AP SEMINAR (10, 11) 1 CREDIT
AP Seminar is a year-long course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from different sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research- based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Students will be assessed on a group presentation, individual paper, and written exam.
YEAR 2: AP RESEARCH (11, 12) NOT OFFERED UNTIL 2019-20
AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000- 5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.
Students will be assigned a lead advisor for their Research year, but will also have the ability to seek out experts in the specific field of their research to serve on their 3-person advisory panel. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Seminar
WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY DUAL ENROLLMENT PARTNERSHIP
Fall and Spring semester classes are located at the West Chester University Graduate Center and are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:05 pm -1:55 pm. Students will be scheduled to depart from their high school at the conclusion of 6th period and travel by way of their own transportation to the Graduate Center located off of Greenhill Road. Students successfully completing a semester college level course will receive three college credits from West Chester University and 1 credit from WCASD.
FALL SEMESTER COURSES
ELEMENTARY JAPENESE I (11, 12) Introduction to elementary Japanese with focuses on hearing, speaking, reading and writing to develop basic competence. Emphasis is on integration of all language skills.
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY AND
ANALYTICS (11, 12) Tis course develops critical thinking skills through the exploration of the fundamental components of data analytics in terms of spatial data and geospatial technologies. Tis includes the basic concepts and skills related to the 3 core areas of analytics, 1) data, 2) analysis, and 3) visualization. Data structures and skills are examined within the context of Geographic Information Systems
(GIS). Spreadsheets, database
tools, GIS software, and geospatial technology are used to capture, manage, and store spatial data. Analysis tools, such as spreadsheet
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