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World Languages

The goal of the department of World Languages at Servite is to develop students' communication skills across linguistic, ethnic, cultural, ideological, and national boundaries. The World Languages faculty wants to help students to develop an understanding of other cultures within the target language. At Servite, we believe that faith-filled leaders have an awareness and appreciation for different ways of life. By studying Spanish, French, Latin, Greek, or Mandarin, students exercise different patterns of thought that grant them a wider understanding of the world beyond our campus. 

Courses

Academic

6101   CP Spanish 1
Year Course – Required for graduation
Spanish 1 is an introductory course. Elementary grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, and speaking the language. Hispanic culture will be explored and discussed.

6301   CP Spanish 2
Year Course - Required for graduation
Spanish 2 continues the basic principles and introduces more patterns that are grammatical. Emphasis will be on reading for comprehension and oral expression. Students continue their study of the Hispanic culture.

6401   CP Spanish 3
Year Course - Required for graduation
Spanish 3 continues the basic principles and introduces more grammatical patterns with emphasis on the written and spoken language. Hispanic history and literature comprise the basis of compositions and discussions.

6202   CP French 1
Year Course - Required for graduation
An introductory course in reading, writing and speaking French, emphasizes the rudiments of French pronunciation as well as elementary grammar and vocabulary. It includes an introduction into French culture.

6302   CP French 2
Year Course - Required for graduation
The course continues the principles of French 1. It introduces students to more complex grammatical patterns, including compound tenses, concordance of tenses, and uses of the subjunctive.

6402   CP French 3
Year Course - Required for graduation
French 3 is a complete review of all grammar for the intermediate to advanced French student. There is oral discussion of literary selections. Stress is given to French culture, history, and influence in the world.

6303   CP Latin 2
Year Course - Required for graduation
Prerequisite: C- or better in second semester of Latin 1

6403   CP Latin 3
Year Course - Required for graduation
Prerequisite: C- or better in second semester of Latin 2.
The third year of Latin for non-honor students gives the student a chance, after the rigorous work of Latin 1 and 2, to read some of the greatest passages of Latin Poetry and Prose.

6304 CP Mandarin 2
Year Course – All Grade Levels Elective
This course will continue to introduce students to the proper and effective study of the Mandarin language. The course will reinforce and expand upon the phonetics, morphology, grammar and syntax introduced during year one. This course emphasizes the five major areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and typing. By the end of the course, students will have mastered a variety of conversational topics in Mandarin, e.g. transportation, food and drink, weather and travel, shopping, health and sickness, and summer activities. The course will put most emphasis on students’ speaking and listening with a majority of time spent on conversational drills. There will also be a strong focus on recognizing individual ideograms, identifying their meaning while being able to read and pronounce them correctly.

6404 CP Mandarin 3
Year Course – All Grade Levels Elective
Mandarin 3 is a one-year course that is designed for the students who have already completed level 2 Mandarin Chinese at Servite High School, or who can demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge of the language to the required level. This course will develop students’ ability to clarify and ask for and comprehend clarification; express and understand opinions; narrate and understand narration in the present, past, and future; and understand the Chinese culture. Throughout the course, students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, and the five goal areas: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

 

Honors

6151   HP Spanish 1
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisite:  Honors Track or successfully pass a challenge test.
Spanish 1 is an introductory course. Elementary grammar and vocabulary will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, and speaking the language. Hispanic culture will be explored and discussed.

6351   HP Spanish 2
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisites: Superior grades in Spanish 1 and teacher recommendation.
Spanish 2 continues the basic principles and introduces more patterns that are grammatical. Emphasis will be on reading for comprehension and oral expression. Students continue their study of the Hispanic culture.

6451   HP Spanish 3
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisites: Superior grades in Spanish 2 and teacher recommendation.
Spanish 3 continues the basic principles and introduces more grammatical patterns with emphasis on the written and spoken language. Hispanic history and literature comprise the basis of compositions and discussions.

6461   HP Spanish 4
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisites: Superior grades in Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation.
HP Spanish 4 have more of an emphasis on the spoken language as well as composition and literature.

6252   HP French 1
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisite:  Honors Track or successfully pass a challenge test.
An introductory course in reading, writing and speaking French, emphasizes the rudiments of French pronunciation as well as elementary grammar and vocabulary. It includes an introduction into French culture.

6352   HP French 2
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisites: Superior grades in French 1 and teacher recommendation
The course continues the principles of French 1. It introduces students to more complex grammatical patterns, including compound tenses, concordance of tenses, and uses of the subjunctive.

6452   HP French 3
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisites: Superior grades in French 2 and teacher recommendation
French 3 is a complete review of all grammar for the intermediate to advanced French student. There is oral discussion of literary selections. Stress is given to French culture, history, and influence in the world.

6462   HP French 4
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisites: Superior grades in French 3 and teacher recommendation
Continuation of French 3, with an emphasis on French Literature, oral discussion, and writing.

6253   HP Latin 1
Year Course - Required for graduation
Latin 1 is an introductory language course. Elementary instruction of classical Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax allow students to begin to read simple and compound sentences, as well as write them. This progression also allows students to read longer prose and poetry passages. Chapters 1-20 of Wheelock’s Latin Grammar are covered within the first year. Students are also introduced to Roman culture.

6353   HP Latin 2
Year Course
Prerequisites: Superior grades in Latin I and teacher approval

6455   HP Latin 4
Year Course
Prerequisite: C- or better in second semester of Latin 3
The fourth year of Latin for honor students gives the student a chance, after the rigorous work of Latin 1, 2, and 3, to read some of the greatest passages of Latin Poetry and Prose.

6254 HP Mandarin 1
Year Course – All Grade Levels Elective
Prerequisite:  This introductory course is considered a very rigorous course and is open to students who were accepted Full Honors or Liberal Arts Honors.  Only students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher will be eligible to take this course.  Counselor and teacher approval must be obtained.
Mandarin 1 us an introductory course for non-Chinese speaking who until now have had little in-depth exposure to the intricacies of Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture. The main objective of Mandarin 1 is to develop a strong foundation in the Mandarin Chinese language in four aspects: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus will be given in the students speaking and listening skills, pronunciation, and proper grammar usage in high-frequency common communicative settings, such as introductory greetings, family descriptions, time, hobbies, and home etiquette. Students will also be able to accurately write and depict Chinese characters (Hanzi), effectively develop their phonetic understanding of Hanyu pinyin and begin to associate the tonal qualities of Mandarin Chinese into their pronunciation.

6354 HP Mandarin 2
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisite:  Grades and teacher recommendation
This course will continue to introduce students to the proper and effective study of the Mandarin language. The course will reinforce and expand upon the phonetics, morphology, grammar and syntax introduced during year one. This course emphasizes the five major areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and typing. By the end of the course, students will have mastered a variety of conversational topics in Mandarin, e.g. transportation, food and drink, weather and travel, shopping, health and sickness, and summer activities. The course will put most emphasis on students’ speaking and listening with a majority of time spent on conversational drills. There will also be a strong focus on recognizing individual ideograms, identifying their meaning while being able to read and pronounce them correctly.

6454 HP Mandarin 3
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisite:  Grades and teacher recommendation
Mandarin 3 is a one-year course that is designed for the students who have already completed level 2 Mandarin Chinese at Servite High School, or who can demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge of the language to the required level. This course will develop students’ ability to clarify and ask for and comprehend clarification; express and understand opinions; narrate and understand narration in the present, past, and future; and understand the Chinese culture. Throughout the course, students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, and the five goal areas: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

6464 HP Mandarin 4
Year Course - HP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisite:  Grades and teacher recommendation
HP Mandarin 4 is a one-year course that is designed for the students who have already completed level 3 Mandarin Chinese at Servite High School, or who can demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge of the language to the required level. This course will develop students’ ability to clarify and ask for and comprehend clarification; express and understand opinions; narrate and understand narration in the present, past, and future; and understand the Chinese culture. Throughout the course, students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, and the five goal areas: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.    

AP

6481   AP Spanish Language
Year Course
Prerequisite: Approval by the instructor based on grades and aptitude in writing, reading, and speaking Spanish
This is an intensive course in Spanish with an emphasis on the study of Spanish structure. There is additional work in composition and Hispanic culture. Class work includes preparation for the AP Examination in May.

6485   AP French
Year Course
Prerequisites: Superior grades in French 3 and teacher recommendation
The AP French Language and Culture course is designed to prepare students to communicate with proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.  While communicating in French, students will gain knowledge and understanding of the French and Francophone cultures, make connections with other disciplines, and compare and contrast their own language and culture with the ones from the francophone world. Students will be exposed to a wide range of authentic documents designed for native French speakers. Students will read texts from magazines, newspapers, and literary works from Francophone writers, on paper and from digital sources. Essays and other writing activities will enhance students' writing skills, and students will participate in diverse oral activities to refine oral communication skills. 

6483   AP Latin Vergil
Year Course
Prerequisite: Superior grades in Latin courses and teacher approval
The Advance Placement of Latin 3 course in Vergil consists primarily in reading and studying in Latin major portions of Books I, II, IV, VI, X, and XII of the Aeneid. This course is designed to promote in the student the ability to translate accurately, to interpret critically, and to scan Latin hexameter verse.

6486 AP Chinese Language
Year Course - AP emphasizes practical application of the language, through a greater intensity of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
Prerequisite:  Grades and teacher recommendation
This AP Chinese Language and Culture course is designed to refine students’ proficiency skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while expanding the range of vocabulary and grammar points within six important and challenging units: China’s Holidays, A Trip to Yunnan, Gender Equality, Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation, China’s History, and The World is Getting Smaller. The study of these units will provide students with opportunities to practice interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills within practical, interesting, and authentic contexts. Both the teacher and students use Chinese exclusively in class.
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Electives

6501 Ancient Greek 1
Year Course – All Grade Levels Elective
Ancient Greek is a course designed to expose and immerse a student to Homeric Greek at a moderate rate. The student will experience vocabulary, grammar, and syntax that will allow him to read and write simple sentences, as well as compound and some complex sentences in Homer (Iliad and Odyssey); students will memorize passages of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in the target language and be prepared for recitation (Book 1 Iliad); students will learn to compose English sentences into Homeric Greek. Each student will be exposed to the concepts of Homeric culture, epic poetry, Hellenic warfare and their influence(s) in the Western World through the reading of selections of the Iliad and Odyssey in translation. This class is designed to supplement student’s interests in the ancient world (Latin, History of Warfare: Ancient) by focusing on the Greek language and English’s indebtedness to Hellenic cultural and linguistic models. All students are expected to take the National Greek Exam and the Medusa National Mythology Exam (offered in the spring semester).  This course is not UC/CSU approved.

6502 Ancient Greek 2 (Honors)
Year Course – All Grade Levels Elective
Ancient Greek 2 is a continuation of Ancient Greek 1; it is designed to further expose and immerse a student to Homeric Greek at a moderate rate. And the student will experience even more vocabulary, grammar, and syntax that will allow him to read and write complex sentences, as well as complex-compound sentences in Homer (Iliad and Odyssey); students will memorize passages of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in the target language and be prepared for recitation (Bk 22); students will learn to compose English sentences into Homeric Greek. Again, each student will be exposed to the concepts of Homeric culture, epic poetry, Hellenic warfare and their influence(s) in the Western World through reading of selections of the Iliad and Odyssey in translation. Since students in Greek 2 will have been exposed to Greek 1, Homeric Greek 2 students will be asked to prepare mini-lectures on Homeric subjects for presentation to class, furthering the depth and understanding of Homer’s significance to Western Poetry and martial prowess. All students are expected to take the National Greek Exam and the Medusa National Mythology Exam (offered in the spring semester).  This course is not UC/CSU approved.

World Languages Department

Padraic Emparan

Padraic Emparan

Latin Teacher
Dennis Flanagan

Dennis Flanagan

Assistant Director of Formation, Spanish Teacher
Kirk Garrett

Kirk Garrett

Spanish Teacher
Junying Lau

Junying Lau

Mandarin Teacher
Matthew Northgrave

Matthew Northgrave

Spanish Teacher, Hockey Club Moderator
Esperanza Rafael

Esperanza Rafael

Spanish Teacher
Jessica Trinidad

Jessica Trinidad

Spanish and History Teacher, Key Club Moderator