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Language Courses Offered at Harmony Middle School:
 
COURSE TITLE: French I
PREREQUISITE: None
Students experience an introduction to the French language and to the culture of the French-speaking world. The basic objectives are to help each student attain an acceptable degree of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to present the language within the context of the contemporary French-speaking world and its culture.

COURSE TITLE: French II
PREREQUISITE: French I
The second level course continues the emphasis on the communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Written work emphasizes vocabulary development, semantics, syntax, and composition with special attention to use of primary verb tenses. Vocabulary is taught in context, practiced through multimedia, and reinforced with written exercises. Since the speech of people is so interwoven into their way of life, the student examines the customs and manners of the people.

COURSE TITLE: Latin I
PREREQUISITE: None
Exploration of the basic elements of Latin grammar, inclusive of the four conjugations and the five declensions, provides the necessary skills for translating the Latin texts. The linguistic nature of the course is supplemented by a general overview of Roman civilization and mythology. English derivatives are emphasized to show the influence of Latin upon our language.

COURSE TITLE: Latin II
PREREQUISITE: Latin I
Exploration of Latin grammar is continued, as is the study of the subjunctive and related grammatical constructions. The student acquires the essential tools for translating myths, fables, and selections from Livy’s From the Founding of the City, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Caesar’s De Gallico Bello. The study of Roman culture is pursued throughout the year in relevance to the literary text.

COURSE TITLE: Spanish I
PREREQUISITE: None
Students communicate in Spanish through the sequential development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A firm foundation in grammatical principles and structures is built simultaneously. In development of these areas, the student also gains information about daily life in the Spanish-speaking world.

COURSE TITLE: Spanish II
PREREQUISITE: Spanish I
Students review, strengthen, and amplify the basic principles of Level I. The course, which places an emphasis on the four skills, is designed to facilitate the use of Spanish in the classroom. Daily life and familiarization with geography and history form the basis for this year’s cultural study.