World Languages Courses
Courses by Course Numbers - click title to see course description and prerequisites 
FRENCH

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)  
ESL services will be determined based on student eligibility
and need. Students are encouraged to register for regular
education courses through the registration process.  
 
FRENCH

Course # 7501 - French IA (9-12)
Course # 7502 - French IB (9-12)

Prerequisite: C- or better in French IA or instructor approval
In French I, students will communicate in an interactive setting about subjects of interest to American and French-speaking teens: music, sports, leisure activities, food, etc. They will begin to acquire proficiency in listening to, speaking, reading and writing French while developing cultural sensitivity to the everyday activities of French-speaking people throughout the world.

Please note: To be successful in French it is recommended that students have attained a solid foundation in the reading and writing of English since this is necessary to understanding the basic elements of a second language.
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Course # 7511 - French IIA (9-12) France
Prerequisite: C- or better in French IB or instructor approval
Course # 7512 - French IIB (9-12)

Prerequisite: C- or better in French IIA or instructor approval
In French II, students will continue to acquire proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French. Some of the themes explored include shopping, home, health, and travel to Paris. A balance of activities allows students with a variety of learning styles to be successful as they progress from structured practice to more creative expression.
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Course # 7521 - French IIIA (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in French IIB or instructor approval
Course # 7522 - French IIIB (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in French IIIA or instructor approval

French III students have acquired a solid foundation for communicating with others in French. They will expand upon those skills by investigating new themes such as sports, life in the French West Indies, traveling by train and dining out. Their ability to read and write French will improve as they learn how to analyze songs, poems, articles and stories in French.
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Course # 7531 - French IV A (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in French IIIB or instructor approval
Course # 7532 - French IV B (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in French IV A or instructor approval

Students in French IV will further develop their ability to interact with others in authentic French while enhancing all of their language skills. They will become acquainted with famous French people and their accomplishments, and will heighten their awareness of our French-speaking Canadian neighbors and the Francophone culture of North Africa.
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Course # 7553 - French V A (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in French IVB or instructor approval
Course # 7554 - French V B (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in French VA or instructor approval

Ranger U This is a University of Minnesota College in the Schools course with a focus on development of reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Course objectives are to complete a systematic review of French grammar at the intermediate level, to promote awareness and appreciation of Francophone culture, to develop reading skills through the study of authentic texts, and to continue the development of speaking, writing, and listening skills. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 5 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (Intermediate French 1003)
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SPANISH
 
Course # 7701 - Spanish IA (9-12)
Course # 7702 - Spanish IB (9-12)

Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IA or instructor approval
Spanish 1 is a beginning language course encompassing pronunciation, basic vocabulary, conversations, and basic reading and writing. Students learn to communicate in Spanish about real-life topics such as likes and dislikes, activities, family, school, friends, telling time, geography, etc. Students practice their Spanish skills through games, songs, skits, partner practice, small group interactions, and videos. Spanish as the mode of communication and instruction is stressed as much as possible. Students study Hispanic holiday customs, foods, family practices, and social customs. Cultural studies will be drawn from Hispanic United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Students will have the opportunity to continue their language study through level 5.
Please note: To be successful in Spanish it is recommended that students have attained a solid foundation in the reading and writing of English since this is necessary to understanding the basic elements of a second language.
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Course # 7711 - Spanish IIA (9-12)

Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IB or instructor approval
Course # 7712 - Spanish IIB (9-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IIA or instructor approval
In Spanish 2, students will increase their vocabulary and improve their level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills through a wide variety of class activities and interactions. Students will be able to communicate about real-life topics such as navigating within a city, making plans, discussing daily routines, household obligations, restaurant and shopping, and talking about the past. Cultural studies will be drawn from Spain, Mexico, and Ecuador. Students will have the opportunity to continue their language study through level 5. Spanish V is a College in the Schools course for which students simultaneously receive high school credit and five free semester college credits through Southwest State University.
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Course # 7718 - Immersion Spanish IIIA (9)
Course # 7719 - Immersion Spanish IIIB (9)

Prerequisite: This course is open to 9th grade students who attended Lakes International Language Academy and successfully completed Extended Spanish and Cultures I and II at Southwest Junior High.
Immersion Spanish III is a course that will continue development of students’ proficiency and awareness of Spanish speaking cultures, with connections to their own. In this course, students will continue working on extending their knowledge of Spanish grammatical structure, vocabulary and fluency. Students will use their Spanish language communication skills to study various cultures and countries where Spanish is spoken.
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Course # 7721 - Spanish IIIA (10-12) Guatamala
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IIB or instructor approval
Course # 7722 - Spanish IIIB (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IIIA or instructor approval
Spanish III is an intermediate course in which students will continue to build on skills acquired in previous courses. Via personalized reading improvement plans, students will develop and implement advanced reading strategies that will allow them not only to understand a variety of current events in Spanish, but also to aid them with standardized tests in their first language. Students will also learn to become better writers via several pieces ranging from short autobiographical and fictional works. For oral comprehension students will not only practice and develop skills to help them speak with clearer pronunciation but also to add more detail and speak extemporaneously in a variety of social settings. For grammar, the main focus of the course is solidifying their understanding and usage of the Preterite and Imperfect verb tenses with a special focus on correct selection them. Other grammar topics will include the progressive tenses, verbs like "gustar", and an introduction to the Present Subjunctive with impersonal expressions. Thematic units of study include personal health, airport travel, childhood. family celebrations, and the news. Cultural topics will include Hispanic immigration, cultural norms, and holidays. Spanish III also helps students learn what local colleges and universities are seeking regarding world language requirements.
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 Course # 7725 - Immersion Spanish IV  (10-12) 
 Immersion students have unique language learning experiences and needs that are not met in the traditional Spanish IV classroom.  Therefore, Immersion Spanish IV is designed to meet the needs of students who have completed Immersion Spanish III or who are native speakers.  The instruction, discussion, and writing will be completely in Spanish.  The course is designed to review and reinforce grammatical structures with which immersion students typically struggle as well as to continue their study of literature.  The cultural focus is on peninsular Spain, with students reading a variety of Spanish literature including poetry, short stories, and a short novel.  Students will also view films with cultural content related to the literature and history of Spain.  Immersion Spanish IV will prepare students for CIS Spanish V, Popular Literature in Spanish, AP Spanish Literature, and/or further Spanish study in college.
 

Course # 7731 - Spanish IV A (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IIIB or instructor approval
Course # 7732 - Spanish IV B (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IVA or instructor approval
Ranger U Spanish IV students will continue to improve their conversational skills and their understanding of important grammatical structures such as past and future verb tenses and the subjunctive constructs. Writing skills will improve through compositions and proofreading activities. Students will begin to read at a more in-depth level with various types of native readings. In addition, students will examine the concept of culture and will compare the cultures of the U.S. with that of Spanish-speaking countries. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 3 semester credits from Pine Technical and Community College. (Intermediate Spanish 201)
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Course # 7753 - Spanish V A (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IVB or instructor approval
Course # 7754 - Spanish V B (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish VA or instructor approval
Southwest State requires students to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and seniors must be in the top 1/2 of their class and juniors in the top 1/3 of their graduating class.

Ranger U
College in the Schools Spanish V is offered in conjunction with Southwest State University’s College Now in Spanish. CIS Spanish V students will continue to develop proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The emphasis in CIS Spanish V is on activities and projects where students refine their grammar and communication in Spanish. Culture is a key component of CIS Spanish V. Through music, literature, writing, and in-class discussion, various aspects of Hispanic and American culture will be compared and contrasted. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 semester credits from the Southwest State Minnesota University. (College Now Intermediate Spanish 202)
Students wishing to take CIS Spanish 5 should complete Spanish 4 in their junior year.
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Course # 7771 - AP Spanish Literature A (11-12) International Cooking
Prerequisite: C- or better in Spanish IVB or instructor approval
Course # 7772 - AP Spanish Literature B (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in AP Spanish Literature A or instructor approval
Ranger U Students may take AP Spanish Literature and CIS Spanish V concurrently. The AP Spanish Literature course is a survey of works, which represent both Peninsular and Latin American literature in Spanish. The course is intended to teach college-bound students to read critically and become acquainted with the characteristics of major literary movements from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as to foster an appreciation of the Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture. As they read all the required selections included on the official reading list for AP Spanish Literature, students will demonstrate through various activities their comprehension of each piece of literature. Students will demonstrate their comprehension through composition of expository passages, classroom discussions and debates, and oral presentations. The goal is to push the students beyond factual recall and immerse them in the reflective questions, which can only be adequately addressed through deep analytical thinking. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
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CHINESE
 
Course # 7901 - Chinese IA (9-12)
Course # 7902 - Chinese IB (9-12)

Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IA or instructor approval
This is an introduction to Mandarin and Chinese culture. All four modalities-listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be taught with a major emphasis on speaking and listening. Students will learn the Pin Yin spelling system as well as various important Chinese characters. Much time will be devoted to pronunciation, radical and character recognition, basic vocabulary, and sentence-structure building. Students will learn to express themselves and understand others on topics closely related to their own experience and their daily life. Students will also learn about Chinese culture such as Chinese holiday celebrations, arts, and crafts. Cultural activities may include calligraphy, games and cooking.
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Course # 7911 - Chinese IIA (9-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IB or instructor approval
Course # 7912 - Chinese IIB (9-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IIA or instructor approval
This is a continuation course for students who have successfully completed Chinese Level 1. Students start by reviewing skills from level 1. Students will focus on the four language modalities: Listening, speaking, reading, writing will be covered, with speaking and listening still being the major emphasis. Students will learn to present more complex descriptions and basic ways to support arguments, become more familiar with different varieties of Mandarin discourse forms, and learn to read and write in Pin Yin and characters about the topics learned. Topics covered include shopping, talking about past and future events, daily and leisure activities, home and school.
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Course # 7921 - Chinese IIIA (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IIB or instructor approval
Course # 7922 - Chinese IIIB (10-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IIIA or instructor approval
Students will build on Level 1 and 2 vocabulary and expand on both vocabulary and language structures. With speaking and listening still being the main focus, students will continue to practice reading and writing. Students will improve their listening and speaking with the goal of understanding and producing language with longer and more complex structures. Students will expand their reading and writing skills in different discourse forms, such as letters, diary entries, commercials, menus, and idioms. Students will also develop a familiarity with authentic materials. Chinese Level 3 topics include weather, going to the doctor, visiting a restaurant and getting around town.
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Course # 7953 - Chinese IVA (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IIIB or instructor approval
Course # 7954 - Chinese IVB (11-12)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IVA or instructor approval
This course is conducted mostly in Mandarin and as such students are expected to use more target language in this class. Students will learn and practice with textbooks and more authentic materials. Students will be able to express themselves in a variety of topics (such as renting an apartment, travel, dating) with longer sentences, more complex sentence structures and fluency. Students will learn more Chinese characters and will develop reading and writing. Improvised speaking, independent reading and essay writing will be emphasized.
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Course # 7965 - Chinese VA (11-12) (Pending School Board Approval)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese IVB or instructor approval
Course # 7966 - Chinese VB (11-12) (Pending School Board Approval)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese VA or instructor approval
Ranger U Chinese Level 5 is a continuation of Chinese 4 and is taught mainly in Mandarin. The main focus will be on enhancing Chinese language proficiency and the cultural awareness. The course is designed to further develop students' four language modalities (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by concentrating upon their ability to output complex ideas orally and in written essays. The students will learn advanced grammar, complex language structures, ancient poems, and various pieces of Chinese literature.
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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

ESL services will be determined based on student eligibility and need. Students are encouraged to register for regular education courses through the registration process.
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