Foreign Language

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

COURSE TITLE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 units.
PREREQUISITE: None. This course is only available through independent study.
DESCRIPTION: Learning a language other than English can open doors to business and personal interactions that might otherwise remain closed. As an exciting and vibrant means of communication with unique culture and heritage, ASL is recognized as its own language with its own syntax and presentation that may be taken beyond the classroom and applied to many areas of a student’s life, including the work world and personal activities. Designed to present American Sign Language (ASL) essential tools for clear communication and to encourage students to foster relationships with people who use ASL as their first language, this course is not meant to be an interpretation of word-for-word English (called Signed Exact English) but rather a language that is expressed through the hands, face, and body and that is then perceived through the eyes. A visual and gestural language, ASL carries as much information as an oral and aural language, just in a different manner. Each Unit explores a different aspect of American Sign Language, including fingerspelling, basic signs, syntax, and other related elements. The information presented in each Unit is meant to not only increase the language, reading, and content area skills of students but also to encourage students to develop and use their signing skills for communication within their own communities.

COURSE TITLE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
COURSE NUMBER:
PREREQUISITE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
DESCRIPTION: American Sign Language course for those students who have already completed American Sign Language A and B, or who have already had ASL instruction elsewhere. As explained in Year 1 of the course, ASL is a language expressed through the hands, face, and body. American Sign Language 2A is the standards-based first semester of Year 2, and students will review foundational skills from Year 1, including the manual alphabet, fingerspelling, basic signs, ASL syntax, etc. In each Unit, students learn about Deaf culture and community, build their ASL vocabularies about a variety of topics, and work toward improving their signing and interpreting fluency. Concepts presented reinforce information from Year 1 of American Sign Language, as well as to provide a strong foundation for moving into the second semester of this course where interpreting and their own basic proficiency in signing ASL will become a focus. (awaiting a-g approval)

COURSE: SPANISH I 
COURSE NUMBER: 53
A-G: 10 units.
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory level course that will help the students to develop the fundamentals of Spanish: grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and common expressions.

COURSE: SPANISH II 
COURSE NUMBER: 54
A-G: 10 units.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish I
DESCRIPTION: In this course, students learn a variety of grammar and vocabulary skills that go from irregular to reflexive verbs, and different expressions (such as giving directions or talking about yourself.) Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of the Spanish speaking world.

COURSE: SPANISH III 
COURSE NUMBER: 190
A-G: 10 units.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish II
DESCRIPTION: This is an intermediate level course that develops a thorough understanding of the Spanish grammar and complex sentence structure. Discussions of Hispanic culture through readings, conversations about modern topics, and evaluation of works from famous artists are included in this course.

COURSE: SPANISH IV HONORS 
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G COURSE: 10 units, 5.0 scale
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “B” or better in Spanish III
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers communication and culture within the Spanish language. Students communicate exclusively in Spanish.

COURSE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4797
A-G COURSE: 10 units
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learning a language other than English can open doors to business and personal interactions that might otherwise remain closed. As an exciting and vibrant means of communication with unique culture and heritage, ASL is recognized as its own language with its own syntax and presentation that may be taken beyond the classroom and applied to many areas of a student’s life, including the work world and personal activities. Designed to present American Sign Language (ASL) essential tools for clear communication and to encourage students to foster relationships with people who use ASL as their first language, this course is not meant to be an interpretation of word-for-word English (called Signed Exact English) but rather a language that is expressed through the hands, face, and body and that is then perceived through the eyes. A visual and gestural language, ASL carries as much information as an oral and aural language, just in a different manner. Each Unit explores a different aspect of American Sign Language, including fingerspelling, basic signs, syntax, and other related elements. The information presented in each Unit is meant to not only increase the language, reading, and content area skills of students but also to encourage students to develop and use their signing skills for communication within their own communities.

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.