Departmental Information

Departmental Information and Course Offerings  

 

All students gain essential academic benefits from foreign language study.  Among these are improved communication skills, expanded knowledge of other cultures, greater ability to connect language content to other subject areas, increased awareness of their own language and culture, and heightened ability to enrich their personal and professional lives.  Research indicates that foreign language study has been linked with improvement in student creativity, memory, self-concept, critical thinking abilities, listening skills, and performance on standardized tests.  (Alabama Course of Study, World Languages)

The members of the Bob Jones World Language Department strive to create learners who are proficient in the 4 areas of language study- listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Our goal is also to create life long learners who have a passion for continuing their studies of the language in college and throughout life, allowing them to become productive contributes to our rapidly growing global society.  Many of our students go on to study languages at the college level and have chosen careers in which their language study will make them a more valuable employee.

Below is a listing of the departmental course offerings at BJHS:

WORLD LANGUAGES

Latin Level 1 (18 weeks/1 credit / prerequisite: English 9)

In this course students will begin the study of the Latin language and Roman culture and its influence on the cultures of the Western world.  This course will focus on the skills of reading, grammar, and writing using basic vocabulary expressions and beginning grammar concepts.  The course will allow students to communicate, both written and verbal, at a novice level, while exploring the target culture.  Students will also gain a better understanding of their own language and culture in order to participate in the global community. 

 

French, German,Spanish Level 1 (18 weeks/1 credit/ prerequisite: English 9)

In this course students will progressively acquire the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing using basic vocabulary expressions and beginning grammar concepts.  The course will allow students to communicate at a novice level, while exploring the target culture.  Students will also gain a better understanding of their own language and culture in order to participate in the global community. 

 

 Latin Level II  (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: level 1 Latin)

 

In this course students will increase their competencies in reading, grammar, and writing.  The second year course enhances skills acquired in level one, allowing students to handle more complex elements of the language.  Students will continue to learn about cultural aspects through geography, history, and literature selections in order to participate in the global community.  Coursework will involve the translation of works of authentic Roman authors. 

 

 French, German, Spanish Level 2 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: level 1)

In this course students will increase their communicative competencies in the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  The second year course enhances skills acquired in level one, allowing students to handle more complex elements of the language.  Students will continue to learn about cultural aspects through geography, history, and literature selections in order to participate in the global community.

 

 Latin Level 3 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: Latin 2/recommended 80 or above in level 2/ weighted Honors credit will be awarded)

In this course students will continue to develop and enhance acquired skills from levels I & II.  Students will focus on reading primary prose sources that illuminate the history and culture of Rome during the period of the golden age of Latin literature, the fall of the Republic, and the formation of the Roman Empire.  A greater emphasis will be placed on self-expression and attaining an acceptable degree of written proficiency for communication in Latin. Fee required.

 

 French, German, Spanish Level 3 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: Level 2/ recommended 80 or above in level 2/ weighted Honors credit will be awarded)

In this course students will continue to develop and enhance acquired skills from levels I & II.  The focus will be on self-expression and attaining an acceptable degree of proficiency in communication.  Speech, advanced grammar and composition, literary selections, and in-depth cultural studies will be used to increase knowledge in the target language.   A greater cultural understanding will allow students to fully participate in the global community. Fee required.

 

 French, German, Spanish Level 4 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: Level 3/ recommended 80 or above in level 3/weighted Honors credit will be awarded)

In this course students will increase oral and written fluency in the target language through a more intense study of grammar, literature, culture, and history.  The class will be conducted in the language and many of the grammatical concepts studied will be tested on the AP exam. Students will participate in frequent conversation groups, write compositions, read literary works, and be able to discuss and/ or summarize in the language.  Fee required.

 

 AP Latin-Vergil Level 4 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: Latin 3/ recommended 80 or above average in level 3)

In this course students will prepare for the Vergil AP Latin Exam.  The basis of the course will be Vergil's epic poem, the Aeneid.  Parts of books, I, II, IV, VI, X, and XII will be translated from the Latin, and the remainder of the epic will be read in English.  The students will also become familiar with pertinent Roman culture, social, and political history, as well as literary figures of speech, such as chiasmus and rising tricolon, and poetic scansion. College credit may be obtained by taking and scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exam.  This exam is recommended but not required.  Fee required.

 

 AP French Language, AP Spanish Language Level 5 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: Level 4/ recommended 80 or above average in level 4)

This course is designed as a third year college level writing and conversation course which will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the language and literature.  The course will be conducted in the target language.  Students will continue their study of culture and advanced grammar concepts.  They will write compositions, participate in debates, and lead discussion groups.  College credit may be obtained by taking and scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exam.  This exam is recommended but not required.  Fee required.

 

 AP Spanish Literature Level 6 (18 weeks/1 credit/prerequisite: Level 5/ recommended 80 or above average in level 5)

This course is comparable to a third-year college introduction to Hispanic literature course. It is based on a required reading list. The works on the list are of literary significance and represent various historical periods, literary movements, genres, geographic areas, and population groups within the Spanish-speaking world. The objective of the course is to help you interpret and analyze literature in Spanish.  The course will be taught in the target language.  Some works will contain mature content matter.  Students will also study culture, grammatical concepts, write compositions, analyze works, and lead literary discussion groups.  College credit may be obtained by taking and scoring a 3 or higher on the AP Exam.  The exam is recommended but not required.  Fee required.