Courses

World Language Courses

Course Number: 4401 Length: Year

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Course Number: 4402 Length: Year

 

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Course Number: 4110 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.


UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

1.00
Course Number: 4120 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

2.00
Course Number: 4130 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

3.00
Course Number: 4149 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09 Prerequisite(s): Advanced World Languages courses are available to students who have completed level 3 of that language with a grade of B or better or by approval of the instructor. No application is necessary. Honors and AP courses are weighted and will be given added credit by UC and CSU. Advanced Placement Language courses in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish emphasize the development of a high level of proficiency in understanding the spoken language in informal and formal situations, and in the use of vocabulary and grammar. In the Language courses students will: • Listen with understanding to reports and lectures of a non-literary content. • Read with comprehension newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction and non-technical writing. • Express ideas orally and in writing with fluency and accuracy. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

4.00
Course Number: 4151 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12

French Civilization and Culture H provides students with the opportunity to continue with their advanced studies of French through a 

thematic approach to French civilization and culture.  Students study the history, politics, and social issues of the French-speaking world 

through the use of literature, film, music, art, and mass media.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

5.00
Course Number: 4210 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

6.00
Course Number: 4220 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

7.00
Course Number: 4230 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

8.00
Course Number: 4249 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Advanced World Languages courses are available to students who have completed level 3 of that language with a grade of B or better or by approval of the instructor. No application is necessary. Honors and AP courses are weighted and will be given added credit by UC and CSU. Advanced Placement Language courses in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish emphasize the development of a high level of proficiency in understanding the spoken language in informal and formal situations, and in the use of vocabulary and grammar. In the Language courses students will: • Listen with understanding to reports and lectures of a non-literary content. • Read with comprehension newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction and non-technical writing. • Express ideas orally and in writing with fluency and accuracy. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

9.00
Course Number: 4270 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

10.00
Course Number: 4275 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

11.00
Course Number: 4277 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

12.00
Course Number: 4289 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

13.00
Course Number: 4299 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Advanced World Languages courses are available to students who have completed level 3 of that language with a grade of B or better or by approval of the instructor. No application is necessary. Honors and AP courses are weighted and will be given added credit by UC and CSU. Advanced Placement Language courses in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish emphasize the development of a high level of proficiency in understanding the spoken language in informal and formal situations, and in the use of vocabulary and grammar. In the Language courses students will: • Listen with understanding to reports and lectures of a non-literary content. • Read with comprehension newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction and non-technical writing. • Express ideas orally and in writing with fluency and accuracy. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

14.00
Course Number: 4010 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

15.00
Course Number: 4020 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

16.00
Course Number: 4030 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

16.00
Course Number: 4029 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Advanced World Languages courses are available to students who have completed level 3 of that language with a grade of B or better or by approval of the instructor. No application is necessary. Honors and AP courses are weighted and will be given added credit by UC and CSU. Advanced Placement Language courses in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish emphasize the development of a high level of proficiency in understanding the spoken language in informal and formal situations, and in the use of vocabulary and grammar. In the Language courses students will: • Listen with understanding to reports and lectures of a non-literary content. • Read with comprehension newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction and non-technical writing. • Express ideas orally and in writing with fluency and accuracy. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

16.00
Course Number: 4410 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

17.00
Course Number: 4420 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

18.00
Course Number: 4430 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The district offers six languages:  French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language*.  Availability of a beginning class is subject to sufficient enrollment; all six languages may not be taught at both high schools.  Once a Level 1 languagecourse is begun, the district does guarantee a sequence of three levels of that language.  Combined classes may occur in the advanced levels depending on enrollment.

*With sufficient student enrollment, ASL will be offered at Palo Alto High School.

Placement in the next level of the language is determined by the student’s current instructor.  A grade of C or higher is necessary to advance to the next level and a grade of B or higher is recommended to advance to an AP level unless the teacher gives prior approval.

Features of World Languages classes:

• Instruction is primarily in the target language  (the language the students are studying).

• The classroom environment is conducive to language use in the real world.

• The teachers and learners work together to better understand the structure of the target language in order to be able to compare 

and contrast it with their own languages.

• Oral and aural language acquisition is emphasized at the first levels and reading comprehension and writing skills are developed as the students progress.

• The target language is taught within the context of the cultural heritage of that language.

• Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration in lesson planning.

• Adaptations are made for learners with special learning needs.

• The aim of the classes is to enable students to develop communicative competence in the target language so that they may interact appropriately with speakers of the language.

Based on the World Languages’ state framework and content standards, all the ESLRs are addressed in the curriculum, with particular emphasis on: demonstrating knowledge; effective communication through listening, speaking, and writing; reading with understanding; and effective use of technology.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

19.00
Course Number: 4401 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

These courses are designed for students whose native language is Spanish or who have completed the Spanish Immersion program.  In addition to emphasis on the study of the Spanish language, they give students knowledge and appreciation of Spanish American culture. Students will learn to distinguish and value the difference between colloquial and academic language. Emphasis is placed on developing academic literacy in Spanish in order to support student success in English language core classes.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

20.00
Course Number: 4402 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

These courses are designed for students whose native language is Spanish or who have completed the Spanish Immersion program.  In addition to emphasis on the study of the Spanish language, they give students knowledge and appreciation of Spanish American culture. Students will learn to distinguish and value the difference between colloquial and academic language. Emphasis is placed on developing academic literacy in Spanish in order to support student success in English language core classes.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

21.00
Course Number: 4441 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

Spanish Civilization and Culture emphasizes the history, geography and current events of Spain and Spanish America. Spanish language usage is reviewed in the context of studying the art, music, architecture, literature, film, fashion, and gastronomy of the Spanish-speaking world.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

22.00
Course Number: 4449 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Advanced World Languages courses are available to students who have completed level 3 of that language with a grade of B or better or by approval of the instructor. No application is necessary. Honors and AP courses are weighted and will be given added credit by UC and CSU. Advanced Placement Language courses in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish emphasize the development of a high level of proficiency in understanding the spoken language in informal and formal situations, and in the use of vocabulary and grammar. In the Language courses students will: • Listen with understanding to reports and lectures of a non-literary content. • Read with comprehension newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction and non-technical writing. • Express ideas orally and in writing with fluency and accuracy. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

22.00
Course Number: 4459 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): AP Spanish Literature students will: • Listen with understanding to lectures of literary or cultural content. • Read with comprehension and at sight poetry, prose, and drama of moderate difficulty. • Analyze literature of the different literary periods orally and in writing. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

E

23.00

Instructional Supervisor

Email:
lmatchett@pausd.org