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    FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

    Foreign language teachers use a variety of methodologies, technologies, and assessments in student-centered classrooms. 
    Students will:
    • understand important cultural aspects of countries and communities where the target language is spoken and develop respect for diversity
    • develop proficiency in writing and speaking the target language, having mastered important grammatical structures
    • comprehend a variety of authentic and teacher-generated materials, both written and aural, within the scope of the grammar and vocabulary taught
    • demonstrate a deeper understanding of the English language through the study and practice of the foreign language
    • reach out to the local and global community as they learn
    The Foreign Language Department is committed to meeting Massachusetts and National standards of communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. Studying a foreign language, like other subject areas, prepares students for lifelong learning. The goal of all foreign language classes at Masconomet is to achieve at least 90% target language use per ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages) recommendation. As communicative proficiency is the goal of the course, the foreign language is the language of discussion and instruction, except where a concept must be clarified in English

    Students follow a sequential program in French, Spanish or Chinese from Grade 7 through Grade 12. The Foreign Language Department strongly encourages students to commit themselves to a full program, studying one language for six years between Grades 7 and 12, and to elect a second language when scheduling allows. Teacher recommendation or Department Head approval is required for honors programs.

    Foreign Language study for four years in the same language is recommended during high school maintaining at least a C average. To fulfill a Global Competency Diploma, students may choose to study a second Foreign Language as a cultural literacy option.
     
     Middle School Pathway
    High School 
    All student selections must be recommended by the teacher or the Department Head. Teacher approval will be based on prerequisites, achievement, and demonstration of the motivation and study skills necessary for success at the next level. The following prerequisites apply:
    1. If a student earns an "F" in the first semester of a foreign language course, he/she will be rescheduled to repeat the course for the following year. It is not recommended to move to the second semester.
    2. After fulfilling the graduation requirements, students are expected to maintain a grade of C- or better to be able to continue in the third, fourth and fifth year of foreign language study. Students who do not achieve a C- should do remedial work, i.e.: summer school, private tutoring during the summer, to be able to continue at the Honors or College-Prep levels.

     

    COLLEGE-PREP-2 LEVEL

    The following sequence of Spanish courses is designed for students who experience difficulty in language learning or who did not successfully complete the middle school program. The text and course content are compatible with those of the other Spanish courses, but the pace is slower. Students complete the usual two-year course in three years as these courses are geared to students who benefit from a longer foreign language learning experience. Teachers give individualized assistance to students who wish to progress at a faster pace or who may wish to transfer to a course that moves more quickly.
     
     Spanish I (CP-2)  Spanish II (CP-2) Spanish III (CP-2)  Spanish IV (CP-2)
     
    COLLEGE-PREP LEVEL 
     
    The following College-prep level courses are designed for students who have successfully completed the middle school course and are recommended by their teachers.  These courses are paced for average college-preparatory students.  Accurate use of grammar and acquisition of vocabulary are stressed. The target foreign language is used in class 90% of the time. Student usage of the language is an important part of student evaluation in these courses. 
     
    Spanish II (CP) Spanish III (CP) Spanish IV (CP)  Spanish V (CP)
    French II (CP) French III (CP) French IV (CP)  French V (CP)
     

    HONORS LEVEL  

    French and Spanish 
    These Honors courses are for students who have proven themselves to be motivated, successful language learners.  The sequence is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Test.  The pace is faster than in the College-prep level courses, and classroom work is more intense.  Active student participation is expected.  Only the foreign language is used in class, and student usage is an important part of student evaluation in these courses.  

     
     Spanish II (H) Spanish III (H) Spanish IV (H)  Spanish V (H)
    French II (H) French III (H) French IV (H)  French V (H)
     

    Chinese Honors


    Students will learn the fundamentals of the Chinese language with Pinyin, the Mandarin phonetics, and character compositions. Students will gain practical skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to communicate effectively on familiar topics. Students will also explore the culture of China through cultural projects. A field trip to Peabody Essex Museum for the freshman class and an immersion day in Chinatown Boston for the sophomore class are planned each year. The Chinese language is considered to be a challenging language due to its separate phonetic system and writing system. By ACTFL language difficulty rankings, Chinese is ranked at Level IV. Daily studying and transcribing of the Chinese characters is vital to gain success in the course. The use of the target language in class is expected to increase as students’ progress to higher levels.

     

     Chinese I (H) Chinese II (H) Chinese III (H) Chinese IV (H)  Chinese V (H)
     
     
     
    Foreign Exchange 

    An integral part of the Foreign Language Program at Masconomet Regional High School is the three exchange programs that take place in alternating years. The exchange programs take place between Masconomet and high schools in France, Spain, and China. This is an opportunity for the student who has successfully completed two to three years of language study to further his or her proficiency in an authentic environment and to live within the daily culture that has been studied. Students are encouraged to include this as part of their junior or senior year language experience at Masconomet. During the freshman year, French students are encouraged to participate in the immersion trip to French-speaking Canada.  Juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in one of the interdisciplinary trips, service opportunities, or other global adventures through the Global Education Program. Exchanges with China and Spain are being planned for 2019 - 2020.

  • Program of Studies

    • 1.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish I (CP-2)
      • 4011
      • This course introduces students to the basic sounds and structure of the Spanish language. Simple verb tenses and vocabulary are presented within cultural contexts. English may be used to clarify instruction. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish as they learn basic conversation. Study skills, work habits, and class participation are stressed and weighed appropriately in the grading of the course.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP-2
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 2.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish II (CP-2)
      • 4021
      • This course continues the progress begun in Introduction to Spanish. Students continue to learn practical vocabulary and compound verb tenses as well as cultural exploration of the Spanish --- speaking world through reading selections, videos and hands --- on activities. They hear and speak Spanish more frequently as it becomes the language of the classroom. Listening comprehension and simple writing skills develop.
      • (THIS COURSE COMPLETES WHAT TRADITIONALLY HAS BEEN CALLED FIRST LEVEL OF HIGH SCHOOL FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY.)
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10
      • CP-2
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 3.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish III (CP-2)
      • 4031
      • This course continues to teach the essentials of Spanish grammar and structure. Students further increase their vocabulary, writing skills; develop reading comprehension and cultural understanding. Written and spoken Spanish are emphasized as Spanish is the language of the classroom. (AT THE END OF THIS COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL HAVE COMPLETED THE SECOND LEVEL OF SPANISH.) This course will be offered in conjunction with Spanish II CP.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11
      • CP-2
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 4.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish IV (CP-2)
      • 4041
      • (AT THE END OF THIS COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL HAVE COMPLETED THE THIRD LEVEL OF SPANISH.) This course will be offered in conjunction with Spanish III CP.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • CP-2
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 5.
      • Foreign Language
      • French I (CP)
      • 4101
      • The following courses are for those students who want or need to begin the study of a first or second foreign language in high school. These courses are the equivalent of the Grade 7/8 program. Students acquire practical vocabulary and begin to master the essentials of grammar and structure. They develop basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, while exploring the geography, history and culture of countries where the language is spoken.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP
      • Global
      • As Needed
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 6.
      • Foreign Language
      • French II (CP)
      • 4111
      • In these courses, students acquire practical vocabulary and begin to master the essentials of grammar and structure as they develop basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. They explore the geography, history and culture of countries where the language is spoken. French is the language of instruction and class discussion. Students will be expected to speak it within the range of their ability at all times.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 7.
      • Foreign Language
      • French III (CP)
      • 4121
      • In these courses, students complete their study of the basic elements of grammar and structure and continue to develop a rich, practical vocabulary. They further develop their communicative skills as the foreign language becomes the language of instruction and classroom discussion. Students are expected to use the foreign language. Cultural exploration continues through readings, videos and authentic sources.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 8.
      • Foreign Language
      • French IV (CP)
      • 4131
      • This course continues the development of communicative and interpretive proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Classes are conducted exclusively in French. Important grammatical topics are reviewed in detail and some advanced concepts are introduced. Course themes focus on using the language in real-world and contemporary situations. Student understanding of Francophone cultures develops through cultural and literary readings, films, and authentic language resources.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 9.
      • Foreign Language
      • French V (CP)
      • 4141
      • These courses provide students with opportunities to read, write and speak in the foreign language at an advanced level. Instruction and discussion take place exclusively in the foreign language. Students explore topics in the language through thematic units and projects. Classic and modern films are used to illustrate the social, intellectual, and historical influence of the language upon the global society.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 10.
      • Foreign Language
      • French II (H)
      • 4151
      • In Honors II courses students complete more work than the College Prep Language II course as well as a variety of projects. The pace is accelerated and more class time is devoted to discussion in the foreign language. Acquisition of vocabulary and accurate use of grammar are stressed. Magazines and newspapers written in the foreign language bring authentic culture into the classroom as students begin to explore countries where the language is spoken.
      • An emphasis is placed on oral expression through conversation, discussing films, current events, and thematic cultural topics.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 11.
      • Foreign Language
      • French III (H)
      • 4161
      • In these courses, students complete their study of the fundamental grammar of the language, particularly verb and tense usage. The pace is brisk and intense. Outside reading, classroom reports and compositions require students to use the language. Conversation is emphasized and cultural exploration continues.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, A4, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 12.
      • Foreign Language
      • French IV (H)
      • 4171
      • This course is conducted as a precursor to Advanced Placement and is designed for students with a strong command of the language and an interest in French. Students expand their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Course themes focus on contemporary issues, and there is an in-depth study of advanced grammatical concepts. Students expand their French vocabulary and understanding of Francophone cultures through literature, current events, film and authentic resources.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, A4, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 13.
      • Foreign Language
      • French V (AP)
      • 4181
      • These courses are based on the Advanced Placement Program as outlined by the College Entrance Examination Board and prepare students for the Language rather than the Literature Advanced Placement Examinations. The course is a college level language course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Students should be expected to do graded summer work prior to enrolling in this course. The grade will be reflected as an exam or a project grade in the first quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, A4, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 14.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish I (CP)
      • 4301
      • The following courses are for those students who want or need to begin the study of a first or second foreign language in high school. These courses are the equivalent of the Grade 7/8 program. Students acquire practical vocabulary and begin to master the essentials of grammar and structure. They develop basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, while exploring the geography, history and culture of countries where the language is spoken.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 15.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish II (CP)
      • 4311
      • In these courses, students acquire practical vocabulary and begin to master the essentials of grammar and structure as they develop basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. They explore the geography, history and culture of countries where the language is spoken. Spanish is the language of instruction and class discussion. Students will be expected to speak it within the range of their ability at all times.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 16.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish III (CP)
      • 4321
      • In these courses, students complete their study of the basic elements of grammar and structure and continue to develop a rich, practical vocabulary. They further develop their communicative skills as the foreign language becomes the language of instruction and classroom discussion. Students are expected to use the foreign language. Cultural exploration continues through readings, videos and authentic sources.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 17.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish IV (CP)
      • 4331
      • This course continues the development of communicative and interpretive proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Course themes focus on using the language in the real world and contemporary situations. Cultural understanding develops through the use of literature, film, and other authentic resources.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 18.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish V (CP)
      • 4341
      • These courses provide students with opportunities to read, write and speak in the foreign language at an advanced level. Instruction and discussion take place exclusively in the foreign language. Students explore topics in the language through thematic units and projects. Classic and modern films are used to illustrate the social, intellectual, and historical influence of the language upon the global society.
      • An emphasis is placed on oral expression through conversation, discussing films, current events, and thematic cultural topics.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • CP
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 19.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish II (H)
      • 4351
      • In Honors II courses students develop communicative skills in a cultural context. Language skills and cultural knowledge are enhanced by the use of online authentic resources. Evaluations involve classwork, language lab activities, projects, and performances.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 20.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish III (H)
      • 4361
      • In these courses, students complete their study of the fundamental grammar of the language, particularly verb and tense usage. The pace is brisk and intense. Outside reading, classroom reports and compositions require students to use the language. Conversation is emphasized and cultural exploration continues.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, A4, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 21.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish IV (H)
      • 4371
      • These courses constitute the first phase of Advanced Placement. They consist of a survey of excerpts from the literature of the language being studied, a thorough review of grammar, and an in- depth study of vocabulary. Increased emphasis is placed on grammar so that accuracy of usage improves. Outside readings, reports and projects further develop students' skills.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, A4, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 22.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish V (AP)
      • 4381
      • These courses are based on the Advanced Placement Program as outlined by the College Entrance Examination Board and prepare students for the Language and Culture Advanced Placement Examination. The course is a college level language course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. The course is based on thematic units and practice of all four language skills. Students should be expected to do graded summer work prior to enrolling in this course.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, A4, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 23.
      • Foreign Language
      • Spanish V (H)
      • 4391
      • This is an option for students who want an honors level course focused on conversation and comprehension. It is designed to further develop, strengthen and refine students' skills.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 24.
      • Foreign Language
      • Chinese Lang & Culture (H)
      • 4471
      • In this course, students will become acquainted with elements of Chinese history, civilization, geography, facts of everyday life. The focus will be on listening and speaking Chinese as an introduction to the language. It would be an elective offering and not factor into a sequence of study of Chinese. If enrollment is low the course may be combined with Chinese I Honors.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Global
      • All years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2
    • 25.
      • Foreign Language
      • Chinese II (CP)
      • 4520
      • At Chinese II CP, students will become further familiar with the Mandarin phonetic system and the tones as well as expanding vocabulary and mastering more complex sentences. By the end of this course, students can understand and communicate with others on familiar topics in greater details and appropriately express attitudes and emotions. Students will also understand traditional Chinese holidays, school life and the basic value systems of Chinese culture.
      • At CP level, writing and reading characters are deemphasized.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Global
      • All Years
      • A1, C1, C2, C3, S1, S2