World Languages

  • EHS students are required to complete one year of a World Language in order to graduate. Currently most colleges and universities require or highly recommend a multi-year, same-language sequence of study for admission. Consequently many EHS students take multiple years of one or more languages.  The languages offered at EHS are French, Spanish, and Japanese. EHS World Languages courses focus on interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive communication through literature, music, film, media, and the study of cultures related to the target languages. Students are encouraged to participate in linguistic and cultural exchanges.  Students with pre-existing language skills may contact the World Languages office to schedule an appointment with a teacher of that language to discuss proper level of placement for the student. 


    FRENCH


    FRENCH I
    Course Number: G201       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12  

    This course is an introduction to the French language and the cultures of francophone countries and regions. The course emphasizes practical speaking and listening skills, while introducing basic reading comprehension and writing skills.


    FRENCH II
    Course Number: G204       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12  

    This course is the foundation for the intermediate and advanced levels of French at Essex High School. Students continue to develop speaking and listening skills, but also develop reading and writing skills. Students continue to study French-speaking cultures through literature, art, music and geography. This course is designed for students who have taken French I in middle school or high school. 
    Prerequisites:   French I


    FRENCH III
    Course Number: G206       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12

    In this course, the student will maintain and develop listening and speaking skills with increased emphasis on reading and writing. The teaching of more advanced grammar and vocabulary will equip students with the tools to express themselves at a more sophisticated level. Students will continue to study French-speaking cultures through text, media, music and film. This course will be conducted at least 75% of the time in French. 
    Prerequisites:   French II


    FRENCH IV
    Course Number: G207       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12   

    Students will develop French interpersonal, presentational and interpretive language skills through the study of more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students will navigate a variety of resources, including authentic oral and written materials, including correspondence with sister schools abroad, to gain a broader perspective of the French language and French-speaking cultures. This course will be conducted 90% of the time in French. 
    Prerequisites:   French III


    ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION AND CULTURE
    Course Number: G108       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12    

    This course is designed for students interested in developing a high level of linguistic and cultural competency. Students will work toward ease of communication and greater cultural knowledge through the study of film, literature, media, and correspondence with VIA Collaborative schools in France, Belgium, and Spain. This course will also focus on professional communication skills and cultural competency as preparation for working in an international environment. Advanced French Conversation and Culture takes a practical approach for students desiring to apply the French language in everyday life, within and outside of the school setting. This course will be conducted entirely in French.
    Prerequisites:   French IV


    AP FRENCH LANGUAGE
    Course Number: G111       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12      

    This course develops a high level of proficiency across the interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication in French. Through authentic sources, including film, television, literature, journalistic excerpts, media, and correspondence with our VIA Collaborative schools in Belgium and France, students will focus on more sophisticated oral and written expression, linguistic accuracy fluency, and cultural competency. This course, conducted entirely in French, is comparable to fourth semester (or the equivalent) college/university courses in French, and will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. 
    Prerequisites:   Recommendation of previous French teacher


    JAPANESE LANGUAGE


    JAPANESE I
    Course Number: G229       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12 

    This course emphasizes conversation and cultural information necessary to communicate in this non-Western language. Students master two new alphabets: Hiragana and Katakana. Students are encouraged to take two years of Japanese at the high school. 


    JAPANESE II
    Course Number: G230       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12     

    This course continues language development in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Japanese. There is expanded cultural study and use of language in the classroom. Students master up to 200 Kanji. 
    Prerequisites:   Japanese I


    SPANISH LANGUAGE


    SPANISH I
    Course Number: G217       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12      

    This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. The course emphasizes speaking and listening comprehension, basic reading comprehension, and basic writing skills. Spanish I is a proficiency-based course. Students have the opportunity to move at their own pace by demonstrating understanding and skills required to reach each of the eight milestones of the course. Credit is granted based on the number of milestones successfully completed throughout the year. Students may also have the option to continue to Spanish II material at any point during the course after demonstrating understanding of all Spanish I milestones.  


    SPANISH II
    Course Number: G219       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12  

    In this course, students create the foundation for the intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish at Essex High School. Students will continue to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students will study Spanish-speaking cultures through readings, art, music and geography. Spanish II is a proficiency-based course. Students have the opportunity to move at their own pace by demonstrating understanding and skills required to reach each of the eight milestones of the course. Credit is granted based on the number of milestones successfully completed throughout the year. Students may also have the option to continue to Spanish III material at any point during the course after demonstrating understanding of all Spanish II milestones. By the end of the year, students are expected to use Spanish 75% of the time.
    Prerequisites:   Spanish I


    SPANISH III
    Course Number: G221       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12 

    In this course, the student will maintain and develop listening and speaking skills, with increased emphasis on reading and writing. The introduction of more advanced grammar and vocabulary will equip students with the tools to express themselves at a more sophisticated level. Students will continue to study Spanish-speaking cultures through readings, media, music and film. This course will be conducted at least 75% of the time in Spanish. 
    Prerequisites:   Spanish II


    SPANISH IV
    Course Number: G222       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12      

    In this course, students will maintain and develop listening and speaking skills, and will develop more advanced reading and writing skills through the study of more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students will focus on the reading of selected literary works. The study of cultures will give students a broad perspective of Hispanic peoples throughout the world. This course will be conducted 90% of the time in Spanish.
    Prerequisites:   Spanish III


    SPANISH V
    Course Number: G104       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12   

    In this advanced language course, students will review grammar and be introduced to new, more complex grammatical structures. Conversation will be expanded to incorporate the three communicative modes: interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive. Students will explore Hispanic and Spanish literature and culture, both present and past, through literature and film. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. 
    Prerequisites:   Spanish IV


    AP SPANISH LANGUAGE VI
    Course Number: G105       1 World Language Credit      Grades: 9-12      

    This course will help students continue to develop more advanced proficiency across the three communicative modes: interpersonal, presentational and interpretive. Language skills will become more refined and will emphasize more sophisticated oral and written expression, as well as linguistic accuracy and fluency. Authentic sources, including literature representing Hispanic and Spanish authors, printed text, and audio material, will serve as the basis for the course and will incorporate historical, political and contemporary perspectives. The course is compatible with a fifth or sixth semester college course and will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. 
    Prerequisites:   Recommendation of previous Spanish teacher