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Foreign Language

Hebrew

Hebrew not only is the language of Medinat Yisrael, which is central to our religious and national identity, but also has increasingly become the common language of Jews throughout the world. The goal of the Hebrew Department is to foster the development of conversational Hebrew and literacy skills, including the study of grammar, syntax, and sophisticated literature. The history of Zionism, as well as Israeli current events, are also integral parts of the Hebrew program.

All students are required to take four years of Hebrew language. Multiple tracks in each grade allow students’ diverse needs to be met.  Seniors have the option of taking the Bechina Yerushalmit, the Jerusalem Exam of Biblical, medieval, and modern Hebrew literature, for which they can earn college credit.

French and Spanish

The goal of the French and Spanish courses is for students to build proficiency in all modes of communication – interpersonal (speaking or writing between each other), interpretive (reading and listening), and presentational (speaking and writing on a topic.) – and to have an appreciation for various aspects of the culture of those language communities. During the first two years, aural and oral skills are developed through the use of the text and authentic materials such as videos, articles, and other online resources, as well as activities such as games, songs, dialogues and student presentations.  Students will work to acquire vocabulary and learn basic grammatical structures that will help them develop their skills towards proficiency at the Novice level.  In the third- and fourth-year classes, advanced grammar and vocabulary are taught and writing becomes a focus.  Students read short stories and start discussing larger themes as presented in the AP courses.   Students will work to grow their language to an intermediate or advanced level.  

Frisch students are required to take two years of French or Spanish (with the exception of engineering students or students who are in the Frisch Arts Track). Electives for the advanced study of each language are available for eleventh and twelfth graders. Seniors have the option to take Advanced Placement Spanish or French.  Each year we publish Las Joyas/Les Bijoux, a magazine of original poetry and stories in Spanish, French and Hebrew.

 

Junior Year French and Spanish Electives

French I

For students who were enrolled in the Engineering track, but would like to embark on the study of a foreign language.  French I is an introduction to French language and culture.  Students will develop their abilities to listen to, read, write and speak the language through engaging activities and projects, as well as authentic music and videos.  Students will acquire functional vocabulary and learn basic grammatical structures that will help them develop their skills towards proficiency.  By the end of the year, students should be able to speak and write about themselves, their likes and dislikes, their school and daily schedule, their family and hobbies.  In addition students will develop an appreciation for the histories and cultures of the various Francophone countries.

French III

French III reviews concepts from French I and II and expands on them to continue to develop students’ abilities to listen to, read, write and speak the language.  In addition to the text, students will be exposed to short stories and novels, magazine and newspaper articles, videos, news programs and more.  Students will work to acquire advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures that will help them grow their language to an intermediate or pre-advanced level in the three modes of communication:

By the end of the year, students will be able to have meaningful conversations and write about a variety of topics.  They will be able to read articles, short stories and easy novels and be able to present their thoughts to the class in both written and oral form. Students will utilize the present and past tenses, the future and conditional, the perfect tenses and the subjunctive mood.  Students will be able to speak and write about a variety of cultural topics in the Francophone world.  

Spanish I

For students who were enrolled in the Engineering track, but would like to embark on the study of a foreign language.  Spanish I is an introduction to Spanish language and culture.  Students will develop their abilities to listen to, read, write and speak the language through engaging activities and projects, as well as authentic music and videos.  Students will acquire functional vocabulary and learn basic grammatical structures that will help them develop their skills towards proficiency.  By the end of the year, students should be able to speak and write about themselves, their likes and dislikes, their school and daily schedule, their family and hobbies.  In addition, students will develop an appreciation for the histories and cultures of the various Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish III

Spanish III reviews concepts from Spanish I and II and expands on them to continue to develop students’ abilities to listen to, read, write and speak the language.  In addition to the text, students will be exposed to short stories and novels, magazine and newspaper articles, videos, news programs and more.  Students will work to acquire advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures that will help them grow their language to an intermediate or pre-advanced level.

By the end of the year, students will be able to have meaningful conversations and write about a variety of topics.  They will be able to read articles, short stories and easy novels and be able to present their thoughts to the class in both written and oral form. Students will utilize the present and past tenses, the future and conditional, the perfect tenses and the subjunctive mood.  Students will be able to speak and write about a variety of cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world.

 

Senior Year French and Spanish Electives

Spanish IV

Global challenges, science and technology, beauty and aesthetics, families and communities: this class will delve into these themes and more, using Spanish as the language of communication. The course focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, visual and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles with the goal of providing a rich, diverse learning experience. Students communicate using advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication toward the pre-advanced to advanced levels.  Review of grammar is done within the contextual framework of each unit as needed.

By the end of the year, students should be able to have meaningful conversations, listen to interviews, read articles and write about various topics within the context of the larger themes. Students will be prepared to take the Spanish AP test.

Advanced French III

The emphasis in this course is on communication in French, coupled with gaining knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the francophone world.  Students will continue developing the following skills in the target language: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  In addition, students will gain insight and understanding into their own culture and language by examining various aspects of French culture and comparing and contrasting to our own culture and that of others.  Students will study various readings in the textbook and in other sources such as newspapers, magazines and readers that help develop use of everyday language.  They will also listen to music and watch videos. Students can prepare to take the AP French test.