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World Languages

Before anything else, we want our students to develop a love of the language and culture they are studying. Right from the start students will speak their new language, using small phrases and simple conversation. This allows students to immediately see the beauty of communicating with one another in a foreign language. Depending on age level, classes incorporate music, food, crafts, games and activities to enable students to experience their language in an atmosphere of fun and meaningful experiences.
American Sign Language I 12+ T/TH Rm. 23
Teacher: Melissa Kelly
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class is available to 7th -12th grade students for high school foreign language credit.

American Sign Language is a beautiful visual language of the Deaf and is accepted as a foreign language credit. Successful students tend to be visual/tactile learners who enjoy communication that is not dependent on reading or writing. An online program will accompany the in class learning for vocabulary and receptive review and must be done weekly. Students will learn expressive, receptive, vocabulary, grammar and culture. Continual practice and memorization of vocabulary is necessary for ASL just as any other foreign language. Continued attendance is required as well as participation in all class activities, projects, and assessments.


American Sign Language II 13+ T/TH Rm. 23
Teacher: Melissa Kelly
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class will introduce some basic vocabulary and structure of American Sign Language through a variety of hands-on lessons designed to expose the student to a different means of communication. History of Deafness in America and cultural elements of this interesting population will round out the students’ understanding of this beautiful language. Students will produce poetry and stories using sign language.

Buono, Buonissimo! Italian Cooking and Language 14
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Come explore some of the most famous dishes from Italy! Each week students will prepare a traditional dish from a specific region in Italy. We will explore the linguistic and cultural aspects of the Italian gastronomic tradition through readings and conversations about these recipes. Alongside the recipes, students will learn about ingredients, characteristics, traditions and curiosities related to an ingredient or a cultural aspect of the recipe. We will discover the traditions and history behind each dish, and the local products used to make it. Students will learn cooking terms and ingredients in Italian, and some basic Italian phrases, too. At the end of each class, everyone will go home with delicious food to share with their families. Come have fun learning Italian while making some delicious traditional food!


French Club (12+) 11:00 Rm. 33
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students in the French Club will explore the art, music, cuisine, film, manners, holiday traditions, history, and geography of France and Québec. ... The club's goal is excite an appreciation and understanding of the culture, and people of those countries. Though many French terms, place-names and linguistic features of French will be explored, prior study of the French language is NOT required.


French I ( 14+) T/TH 2:15 Rm. 23
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
French I takes a task-based approach that emphasizes communication and the practical use of the language. We will focus primarily on vocabulary and conversation, and add a sprinkle of grammar. The learning will take place through students’ interaction and engagement while tackling fun, meaningful, age-appropriate topics and activities, and discovering French culture and history.
Students will use authentic Francophone sources to learn the language. We will listen to French songs and podcasts, watch and discuss videos and movies (with subtitles), read easy-to-read-stories, books and magazines, and translate and prepare food recipes--all in French, of course. The teacher will simply guide student-led discussions, by introducing and helping with vocabulary and grammar, demonstrating and encouraging speaking skills, and by facilitating other forms of student communication.
Special activities include a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where we will view and discuss the French artwork on display. During another field trip, we will taste freshly-made French croissants and other goodies, at The French Rendez-vous, or visit The Urban Stead Cheese company in East Walnut Hills, to eat fromage and see how this is made. Once a month, the class will meet in the LOL kitchen, where students will prepare French recipes-- bien sûr, en français!


French II/III 14+ T/TH 1:00 Rm. 23
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: French II or permission of instructor
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, students will further develop their French vocabulary and conversation, and continue to grow their grammar, writing, reading and listening skills. Learning will take place through students’ interaction and engagement while tackling fun, informative, age-appropriate topics and activities, and through the discovery of French culture and history. This task-based approach to French will emphasize communication and the practical use of the language.
Students will use authentic Francophone sources to learn the language. We will listen to French songs and podcasts, watch and discuss videos and movies (with subtitles), read easy-to-read-stories, books and magazines, and translate and even prepare food recipes--all in French, of course. The teacher will simply guide student-led discussions, by introducing and helping with vocabulary and grammar, demonstrating and encouraging speaking skills, and by facilitating other forms of student communication.
Special activities include a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where we will view and discuss the French artwork on display. During another field trip, we will taste freshly-made French croissants and other goodies, at The French Rendez-vous, or visit The Urban Stead Cheese company in East Walnut Hills, to eat fromage and see how this is made. Once a month, the class will meet in the LOL kitchen, where students will prepare French recipes-- bien sûr, en français!


Fun with French (9-12) Rm. 33
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Through songs, games and activities, students will become familiar with the French language and culture. Students will learn by associating actions with words as they act out commands. They will learn some basic vocabulary and be able to form some simple sentences by the end of the class.

Fun with Spanish (6-8) Fri. 2:30 Rm. B3
Teacher: Laurel Fiorelli
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Learn Spanish through hands-on play, songs, games, and engaging media. In addition to basic vocabulary and simple conversational sentences, students will deep dive into Latin American culture and traditions. Through food, crafts, music, and comprehensible read-alouds, we will explore the Spanish language and all it has to offer. Open to ages 6-8, regardless to previous language exposure.



Intro. To Italian (10-13) Wed. 2:15 Rm. 23
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
This is not your typical foreign language class. This approach to learning Italian de-emphasizes the focus on the language itself. Instead, it will center around fun things and topics students want to do and learn about anyway, and turn those into a language-learning opportunity. Students will learn Italian by doing things they enjoy and by talking about what’s on their minds: Music, movies, latest trends, food, art, friendship, empowerment and change, respect, bullying and sibling rivalry, to name a few topics.

This task-based approach emphasizes communication and the practical use of Italian. We will focus primarily on vocabulary and conversation, and add just a sprinkle of grammar. We will read in Italian easy-to-read-books and magazines, food recipes, even tweets! We will play cards and board games-- in Italian, of course. We will listen to songs and Podcasts, and watch TED talks and movies (with subtitles). And we will cook and bake--ALL in Italian.

At the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to travel to Italy, to experience the culture and interact with native Italians of similar ages. We will visit and stay with my family, and a great network of friends, who live in major Italian cities like Milano and Venezia, and other smaller, more bucolic places like Lecce, by the Adriatic Sea or Varese, near Lake Como


Intro. to Spanish (9-12) F 9:30 Rm. B-3
Teacher: Laurel Fiorelli
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 9 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Learn Spanish through hands-on play, songs, games, and engaging media. In addition to basic vocabulary and simple conversational sentences, students will deep dive into Latin American culture, geography, and traditions. Through food, crafts, music, and comprehensible read-alouds, we will explore the Spanish language and all it has to offer. Open to ages 9-12, regardless to previous language exposure.


Spanish I 13+ W/F 1:00 Rm. B-3
Teacher: Laurel Fiorelli
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Due to the immersion approach, some exposure to Spanish is extremely helpful but not essential.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Build a solid working foundation of Spanish vocabulary, conversational sentences, and basic language structures. Using comprehension-based teaching methods and an orientation toward proficiency, students will become immersed in language and culture simultaneously. With heavy use of pop culture and music, games, film, and current events, students connect with the language hands-on, and at a depth far beyond a text book.
Pre-req: No previous experience is needed.
Outside work: minimal to moderate


Spanish II/III 15+ W/F W/F 11:00 Rm. B-3
Teacher: Laurel Fiorelli
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Build upon a solid working foundation of Spanish vocabulary, conversational sentences, and basic language structures. Using comprehension-based teaching methods and an orientation toward proficiency, students will become immersed in language and culture simultaneously. With heavy use of pop culture and music, games, film, and current events, students connect with the language hands-on, and at a depth far beyond a text book.
Pre-req: Spanish 2, or passing level 3 entry test
Outside work: minimal to moderate


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