Tappan Zee High School

World Languages

The World Languages Program at TZHS is a four-year program open to all students of any grade level. Students who are fluent and native to a world language may be placed into the course level most appropriate to their linguistic ability upon recommendation of the instructor. The languages offered at TZHS are French, Italian, and Spanish for Regents credit, and other languages as electives through Virtual High School.

The basic objectives of instruction in these languages are:

  • the acquisition of the language skills in the use of the world language as a tool in communication:
  • to understand the world language when spoken by a native at normal tempo and on a topic within
    the student’s range of experience;
  • to speak the world language on topics within the student’s range of experience with sufficient clarity to be understood by a native;
  • to read with direct comprehension material in the world language within the student’s range of experience;
  • to write in the language on topics within the student’s range of experience;
  • The understanding and appreciation of the culture in terms of geographical, historical, political, and cultural features, including the values, customs, and mores of the people living in the culture, their heritage and their unique contributions to western civilization; and
  • the development of positive attitudes toward the world language and culture while drawing comparisons with our own.

The prerequisite for all world language courses is successful completion of the previous level. Advanced, Advanced Placement, and college credit programs also require a teacher recommendation and completion of the Regents sequence through Level III.

First Year Language Course – Regents Sequence: Spanish I
Full Year, 1 credit
In the first year of language study, emphasis is placed on understanding and speaking through the development of communicative skills. The imitation of good pronunciation and intonation is stressed. In this early stage of language learning, structure is taught primarily in the framework of new vocabulary which is limited to the most essential words and phrases for effective communication of topics directly related to the student’s own environment. Attention is devoted to developing an awareness of some fundamental values, beliefs, and practices in the foreign culture, especially as they pertain to the home and family, cultural preferences and customs, the educational system, holidays and festivals, leisure time activities, and other aspects of daily life. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

Second Year Language Courses- Regents Sequence: French, Italian and Spanish
Full Year, 1 credit
Prerequisite: Level I or teacher recommendation
In the second year of language study, the communicative skills attained in the first level course are further developed while greater emphasis is placed on developing reading proficiency. New vocabulary will be introduced and reinforced by means of conversations and discussion, based on short readings. Emphasis is placed on building vocabulary, recognition of word families and the development of more efficient reading skills by means of inference through context, association and cognates. Writing skills are developed through guided composition, dialogue, letters, and free response on topics of personal interest and culture. The structural and cultural content of the course includes expansion and enrichment of the material introduced in the first level course. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

Third Year Language Courses – Regents Sequence: French, Italian and Spanish
Full Year, 1 credit
Prerequisite: Level 2 or teacher recommendation
The third year language course will continue to stress the goals and objectives of the first two levels. Listening comprehension and speaking skills will be developed further along with selected thematic readings. Speaking is practiced in a variety of situations directly related to student’s own environment and real-life situations. In addition, writing skills will be emphasized through letter writing as well as through directed and controlled composition. Structure and vocabulary are expanded to facilitate reading which will progress from relatively simple reading selections to un-edited texts of moderate difficulty. At the conclusion of this course, students will take the Regents Equivalency Exam. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
This course is for native or heritage speakers of Spanish with oral proficiency. Using the language base students already possess, this course is designed to help students expand their Spanish vocabulary, advance their reading and writing skills, and improve their grammar.
Pending approval and enrollment

French IV (Intermediate French I and II)
Full Year, 1 credit
OPTION: 6 college credits
Prerequisite: French III and Regents Equivalency Exam
This course is designed for those students who have completed the third year French course and would like to maintain and improve their foreign language skills. This course will focus on advanced conversation and composition, culture and civilization and an exposure to excerpts of selected literary works. Students may also take this course for college credit. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

French V (French Composition and Conversation)
Full Year, 1 credit
OPTION: 4 college credits
Prerequisite: French IV
This course is designed for those students who have successfully completed the fourth year course and would like to maintain and improve their foreign language skills. This course will focus on advanced conversation and composition, culture and civilization, and a survey of French literature, history and art. Students may also take this course for college credit. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of student’s grade.

Italian IV (Intermediate Italian I and II)
Full Year, 1 credit
OPTION: 6 college credits
Prerequisite: Italian III and Regents Equivalency Exam
This course is designed for those students who have successfully completed the third year Italian course and would like to maintain and improve their foreign language skills. This course will focus on advanced conversation and composition, culture and civilization and an exposure to Italian cinema, television and literature. Students may also take this course for college credit. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

Italian V (Italian Composition and Conversation)
Full Year, 1 credit
Option: 4 college credits as well as AP exam
Prerequisite: Italian IV
This course is designed for those students who have successfully completed the fourth year course and would like to maintain and improve their foreign language skills. This course will focus on advanced conversation and composition, culture and civilization, and a survey of Italian literature, history and art. Students may also take this course for college credit. Students may sit for the AP Italian exam at the end of the course, if they choose to register for the exam. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of student’s grade.

Spanish IV
Full Year, 1 credit
Option: 6 College Credits
Prerequisite: Spanish III and Regents Equivalency Exam
This is a course designed for those students who have successfully completed the third year Spanish course and would like to maintain and improve their Spanish language skills without entering the Advanced Placement program. This course will focus on advanced conversation and composition, culture and civilization and exposure to cultural readings. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

Spanish V (Intermediate Spanish II)
Full Year, 1 credit
Option: 4 College credits and AP Spanish Language and Culture
Prerequisite: Spanish IV or teacher recommendation
This course is for students who have successfully completed Spanish IV, and who would like to improve their Spanish skills and cultural awareness of the Spanish speaking world. This course focuses on advanced conversation and composition, culture and civilization, political and social trends in the Spanish-speaking world, and exposure to excerpts of selected literary works by authors such as Lorca, Marquez and Matute. Practical and contemporary language situations, and readings are used in a variety of contexts. Students may also take this course for college credit. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade.

Survey of Spanish Literature-Medieval Era through 20th Century
Full Year, 1 credit
Option: 4 College credits
Prerequisite: Passing Spanish III Regents Equivalency Exam and teacher recommendation or Spanish IV.
This is the first year in a two-year sequence. In this course students will be engaged in the reading of universally accepted works of literature. This course is comparable in content to a college level survey course in literature. Literary works of representative authors will be selected from the required reading list and read for aesthetic value. Students will be guided toward the attainment of a high degree of proficiency in the basic language skills and literary analysis and criticism through extensive discussion of reading selections, oral reports, essays and compositions. Attention will also be given to cultural themes as reflected in the literary works under study. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade for Survey of Spanish Literature.

Advanced Placement Spanish Literature
Full Year, 1 credit
Prerequisite: Survey of Spanish Literature
This course is a college level course designed for students who have successfully completed Survey of Spanish Literature. Students will be admitted to the course by recommendation of the instructor. The course content will consist of reading representative works of literature from the various genres with an emphasis on literary interpretation. Class discussion will focus on style, imagery, symbolism, literary techniques and other aesthetic qualities in the appreciation of literary works. Students will also consider the historical background and the moral, philosophical, and social ideas and issues involved in those works, which are selected for study. Attention will also be given to cultural themes as reflected in the literary works under study. At the conclusion of the course, students are expected to take the AP Spanish Literature and Culture examination. Class participation and homework are at least 20% of the student’s grade for AP Spanish.

Italian Culture and History through Film, Art and Food
Full year, 1 elective credit, grades 9-12
This course will introduce and expand students’ understanding of Italian Culture and History using films, art and food, thus broadening students’ cross cultural competence. Using films and art that reflect the life and society of Italy, as well as by studying and experiencing the food of Italy, which reflects the influence of the various historical dominations, students will experience the Italian life and society of the various periods of Italy’s long and complicated history. A museum field trip, as well as field trips to Eataly and the Italian American Museum are planned.

The following semester courses are also available through Virtual High School (VHS):
AP French Language
Basic Mandarin: Chinese Language and Culture
Chinese I
Latin 1
Portuguese 1
Russian I
Russian Language and Culture

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