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New York State Seal of Biliteracy

Students enrolled in AP Latin, AP Spanish or French 5H can earn the New York State Seal of Bilteracy during their senior year and completing certain course requirements as well as a project in both their English and Foreign Language class. Find out more at http://www.nysed.gov/bilingual-ed/schools/new-york-state-seal-biliteracy-nyssb

 

French 1 Regents

This course emphasizes the development of functional conversational skills in every day topical situations. In addition, a study of the important grammatical structures as well as enrichment materials are incorporated into the course. 
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
NYS Proficiency

 French 2 Regents

Students learn to understand and speak French in the kind of situation that they would meet if they were traveling or studying in a French speaking country. Students read selections that present a variety of French cultural experiences. Students use vocabulary in communicative activities, projects, note writing and master the use of present, past and simple future tenses.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: French 1R or teacher recommendation with summer packet.

French 3 Regents

French 3R synthesizes the elements of the language taught previously and expands to include new structures and vocabulary components. French 3R focuses on developing greater competency in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the language.  Students will meet Checkpoint B (traditionally the “Competency” Regents exam) of Modern Language Standards.  This course is a step towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, which may be earned upon completing French 5 Honors.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: French 2R

French 4 Honors
SUNY Erie - French 112

This advanced studies course, in partnership with SUNY-Erie, allows students to earn 3 credits for a college level course, French 112. The objectives of this course are to develop extensive French vocabulary and conversational skills, while reinforcing the fundamentals of French grammar. There is great emphasis on studying the cultures of the French-speaking world through exploration of literature and language studies. Students actively learn through projects and presentations in various cultural units. This course is a step towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, which may be earned upon completing French 5 Honors. Students are required to register for the course through SUNY Erie. Teachers will assist in the registration process. Financial assistance is not available for this course.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of CHS credit. Students earn 3 credits that are transferable to any SUNY school. SUNY-ECC tuition approximate cost $300.00. Financial assistance not available for this course.
School exam
Prerequisite: French 3R & teacher recommendation

French 5 Honors
SUNY Erie - French 205

This advanced studies course, in partnership with SUNY-Erie, allows students to earn 3 credits for a college level course, French 205. The objectives of this course are to strengthen the four key skills in language usage: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This senior-level course prepares enthusiastic students for future opportunities in French or allows individuals pursing other career fields to save both time and money by working toward college graduation requirements while still in high school. Projects, readings and class discussions involving both classic literature and current topics will allow students to further communication abilities and French language and cultural knowledge. Students who complete this course and the other requirements may earn the New York State Seal of BiliteracyStudents are required to register for the course through SUNY Erie. Teachers will assist in the registration process. Financial assistance is not available for this course.
Grades 12
Full year subject
1 unit of CHS credit. Students earn 3 credits that are transferable to any SUNY school. SUNY-ECC tuition approximate cost $300.00. Financial assistance not available for this course.
School exam
Prerequisite: French 4H & teacher recommendation

 Latin 1 Regents

This course exposes students to the language, culture and history of the Romans. An introduction to the language emphasizes comprehension of the Latin language by reading it and thus understanding the social and political history of the Romans.  A primary focus is the improvement of students’ English vocabulary, as 60% of English words are derived from Latin.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
NYS Proficiency

Latin 2 Regents

Emphasis in this course is placed on learning additional language elements and increasing skills. A primary focus is the improvement of students’ English vocabulary, as 60% of English words are derived from Latin.  Comprehension of grammar functions, reading comprehension, and expansion of vocabulary are vital goals for reading and understanding Latin and their connections to our modern world.  Selections from Roman mythology and history provide a closer view of our Latin heritage.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: Latin 1R or teacher recommendation with summer packet.

Latin 3 Regents

Latin 3R synthesizes the elements of the language taught previously and expands to include new structures and vocabulary components. Since a comprehension of written Latin material is a primary objective, Latin 3R focuses on developing greater competency in reading the language. Emphasis is placed on increasing awareness of word derivatives, Latin phrases and abbreviations in daily use. Students should expect to learn Latin roots and increase their English vocabulary.  SAT-style vocabulary will be an emphasis of Latin 3.  The major personalities and achievements of the Romans are presented in readings from various authors. This course is a step towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, which may be earned upon completing Advanced Placement Latin.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: Latin 2R

 Latin 4 Honors

This course emphasizes advanced language skills in direct preparation for the Latin Advanced Placement Vergil course. Students are expected to master vocabulary and grammar learned in the previous three years of language study. The Roman epic, The Aeneid of Vergil, will be introduced with emphasis on its literary position in the genre of world literature, figures of speech, and grammatical structures as found in selected passages. Students gain additional insight into English world derivation and SAT preparation. This course is recommended for those students who wish to pursue A.P. credit the following year. This course is a step towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, which may be earned upon completing Advanced Placement Latin.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: Latin 3R & teacher recommendation

Advanced Placement Latin

In preparation for the Advanced Placement examination, students read parts of the original Latin books I, II, IV, and VI of Vergil’s Aeneid and books I, II, V and VI of Caesar's De Bello Gallico. Students read selections in English from the remaining parts of these literary works. Students will spend time mastering vocabulary, grammar, and morphology of the Latin language. Themes to be studied include war and empire, leadership, Roman values, history and poetry. Students who complete this course and the other requirements may earn the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. All students are required to sit for the exam in May. Students must pay the exam fee by the November due date. Waivers can be arranged for students enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00)and School exam or project
Prerequisite: Latin 4H recommended

Spanish 1 Regents

This course emphasizes the development of functional conversational skills in every day topical situations. In addition, a study of the important grammatical structures as well as enrichment materials are incorporated into the course. 
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
NYS Proficiency

Spanish 2 Regents

Students learn to understand and speak Spanish in the kind of real life situation that they would meet if they were traveling or studying in some Spanish speaking country, seeking information or exchanging opinions on concrete topics. Students read selections that show the diversity of the countries in the Spanish speaking world. Students use vocabulary in communicative activities, projects, note writing and master the use of present, past and future tenses.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: Spanish 1R or teacher recommendation with summer packet.

Spanish 3 Regents

Spanish 3R synthesizes the elements of the language taught previously and expands to include new structures and vocabulary components. Spanish 3R focuses on developing greater competency in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the language. Students will meet Checkpoint B (traditionally the “Competency” Regents exam) of Modern Language Standards.  This course is a step towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, which may be earned upon completing Advanced Placement Spanish Language.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: Spanish 2R

Spanish 4 Regents

This course is for students who want to continue their Spanish language studies and have passed the Checkpoint B Assessment in level three. The objectives of this course are to develop extensive Spanish vocabulary and conversational skills, while reinforcing the fundamentals of Spanish grammar acquired in the first three years of Spanish study. There is great emphasis on studying the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world using the communicative goals of speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students actively learn through reading literature and authentic materials while completing projects and presentations in various cultural units. This course is strongly encouraged for students planning on attending college to keep their language skills strong and up to date.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Final Project
Prerequisite: Spanish 3R

Spanish 4 Honors

This course emphasizes advanced language skills in direct preparation for the Spanish Advanced Placement course. Students are expected to master vocabulary and grammar learned in the previous three years of language study. This course is recommended for those students who wish to pursue AP credit the following year by taking the AP Spanish Language and Culture course or for those students who want a challenging college-like course experience in Spanish. This course is a step towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, which may be earned upon completing Advanced Placement Spanish Language.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Local exam
Prerequisite: Spanish 3R & teacher recommendation

Advanced Placement Spanish

AP Spanish Language and Culture emphasizes advanced language skills across the three modes of communication with the goal of mastering speaking, reading, listening, writing and vocabulary recall in preparation for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam in May. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish by both instructor and student.  Oral communication will be conducted on a daily basis to strengthen listening comprehension, pronunciation and conversation skills.  Overall, the AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes the use of language for active communication. Since it is a college credit course (equivalent to junior year) it will be conducted as such and students will be exposed to college level experiences, requirements, procedures, etc.  Students who complete this course and the other requirements may earn the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. All students are required to sit for the exam in May. Students must pay the exam fee by the November due date. Waivers can be arranged for students enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Final project
Prerequisite: Spanish 4H
recommended

Classical Mythology and Literature

This course will examine the heroes, legends and divinities of classical mythology. We will read the myths that are the foundation of Western Civilization, and we will examine how they relate to the world today. The Olympian divinities, the Trojan War, Hercules, Jason, Odysseus, Oedipus, Perseus and Theseus will be some of the stories and characters read and discussed in this class. 
Grades 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
1/2 unit of credit