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Foreign 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.
Amer. Sign Language II 13+ TH ONLY Rm 11
Teacher: Teresa Wickstrom
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Completion of an American Sign Language I class
Ages: 14 - 18
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students who demonstrate a basic knowledge of American Sign Language are encouraged to continue their education by learning more vocabulary and grammar in this session. We will take a deeper look into the people who use sign language, touch upon their unique culture and investigate the history of Deafness in America. There will be 2 major projects. Attendance at a “Deaf” event will be required.

American Sign Language 10-12 Fri. 2:15
Teacher: Sharon Cardona
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This interactive class will introduce some basic vocabulary and structure of American Sign Language through a variety of hands-on lessons. Elements of Deaf Culture and history will be introduced, including storytelling and methods of communication. This beautiful language is great for visual learners.

American Sign Language 6-9 1:00 Fri. Rm.
Teacher: Sharon Cardona
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 6 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This interactive class will introduce some basic vocabulary and structure of American Sign Language through a variety of hands-on lessons. Elements of Deaf Culture and history will be introduced, including storytelling and methods of communication. This beautiful language is great for visual learners.

American Sign Language I 13+ TH ONLY Rm # 11
Teacher: Teresa Wickstrom
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/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.


French I 13+ 1:00 Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Due to the immersion approach, some exposure to French is helpful but not essential.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, students will build a solid foundation of French vocabulary terms and fundamental dialogue skills, which will be reinforced with each advancing lesson. This is an immersion based class. In addition frequent, hands-on, in-class activities such as dioramas, building castles with wooden blocks, wearing and discussing (in French) a variety of funny hats, the French classes enjoy a month ’special activity,’ including sampling fine French cheeses party in a cheese party, three in-school French luncheons featuring cassoulet, choucroute and chicken Provençal, a school-wide treasure hunt and a field trip during school hours to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where Mr. Sowash serves as a tour guide, speaking partly in French, inspecting the French paintings and sculptures on display.


French II 11:00 T/TH 14+ Rm # 23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class is a continuation of the French I.The French language will be presented to students using French in Action, published by Yale University Press. This fully integrated course incorporates video, audio, and print. A large portion of each class period will be devoted to speaking the language. This approach helps students use real, unsimplified French in the dynamic context of actual communication.
In addition frequent, hands-on, in-class activities such as dioramas, building castles with wooden blocks, wearing and discussing (in French) a variety of funny hats, the French classes enjoy a month ’special activity,’ including sampling fine French cheeses party in a cheese party, three in-school French luncheons featuring cassoulet, choucroute and chicken Provençal, a school-wide treasure hunt and a field trip during school hours to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where Mr. Sowash serves as a tour guide, speaking partly in French, inspecting the French paintings and sculptures on display.





Fun with Spanish 6-8 Rm #B3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Through songs, games and activities, students will become familiar with the Spanish 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.


Intro. to Spanish 9-12 W Rm # B-3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 9 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Through a variety of activities, music and lessons, students will learn the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical skills necessary to be prepared for Spanish I. Students will also be introduced to the geography and culture of Latin America.

Introduction to French 10-13 Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Through games, and activities, students become familiar with the French language and culture. Students learn by associating actions with words as they act out commands. They learn basic vocabulary and are able to form simple sentences by the end of the class. In addition frequent, hands-on, in-class activities such as dioramas, building castles with wooden blocks, wearing and discussing (in French) a variety of funny hats, the French classes enjoy a month ’special activity,’ including sampling fine French cheeses party in a cheese party, an in-school French luncheon featuring chicken Provençal, a school-wide treasure hunt and a field trip during school hours to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where Mr. Sowash serves as a tour guide, speaking partly in French, inspecting the French paintings and sculptures on display.

Italian: The Unconventional Way 10-13 Rm.
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
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 make those into a language-learning opportunity.
At the end of the year, students will also have the opportunity to travel to Italy, where they will take in the beautiful sights and sounds, experience a different culture, and most importantly, interact with native Italians of similar ages. (My husband is Italian. Our family, and a great network of friends, some high school teachers like myself, are scattered throughout Italy. Some live in major Italian cities like Milano and Venezia, others have settled in beautifully scenic, bucolic places like Lecce, by the Adriatic Sea or Varese, near Lake Como. And they are all looking forward to meet, guide, and help our students feel welcome in their country!
This Italian course takes a task-based approach that emphasizes communication and the practical use of Italian. The primary purpose of a language is communication. We will focus primarily on vocabulary and conversation, and add just a sprinkle of grammar.

Grammar is important, as it tells us how to use our vocabulary, teaching us to combine words into sentences. Grammar, however, will not be the focus here. Foreign language students learn better when they struggle to communicate. This communicative approach will integrate speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing. 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)--ALL in Italian.


Lively Latin 10-12 W
Teacher: Kathy Hammond
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Using songs, games, projects, and interactive lessons students will explore the vast universe of Latin and the culture of the ancient world. Students will acquire basic skills in both Latin and English, focusing on drawing connections between the language that they speak today and Latin. Students will explore Roman culture, arts, and civilization through fun, hands-on, collaborative, and exploratory activities. Latin is not dead, it is immortal!

Lively Latin 13+ TH only Rm. #
Teacher: Kathy Hammond
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Largiloquent Latin (Latipennate)(Latitudinous)(Loquacious)

You would probably be surprised by how much Latin you already know - agenda, janitor, rumor, trivia, etc (et cetera!!!) all come into English from Latin completely unchanged. In this course students will explore the deeper connections between Latin, English, and the Romance languages (all of which derive from the language of ROME!), focusing on root words, derivatives, and vocabulary acquisition in both Latin and English. Latin vocabulary is the root of almost all modern sciences, including medicine, as well as mathematical and law terms. Much like math and science, Latin will help students gain the ability to organize information, recognize patterns, and form logical predictions. In addition, students will dig deeper into the ancient world, learning about the history, culture, and mythology of Ancient Rome and Greece, all while learning to read, write, and speak Latin confidently. No prior knowledge of Latin is required for this course.


Spanish I (meets W & F) 13+ Rm #B-3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
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 : $45.00
In this class, students will build a solid foundation of Spanish vocabulary terms and fundamental dialogue skills, which will be reinforced with each advancing lesson. TThis fully integrated course incorporates video, audio, and print. A large portion of each class period will be devoted to speaking the language. This approach helps students use real, unsimplified Spanish in the dynamic context of actual communication.

Spanish II 13+ W/F Rm # B3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Spanish I
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class starts students on the road to learning the fundamentals of Spanish. While the emphasis is on speaking Spanish, students will practice reading and writing and delve into the beauty of the Spanish culture through games, music, food and crafts.

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