Hoover H.S. World Language Department
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: Five or more elective credits required for graduation.
COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT: At least two credits of the same language. Private and out-of-state colleges/universities may require three or more credits.
The World Language courses are electives open to students of all grade levels. Language study is encouraged for all college-bound students since two years or more may be required for college admission, and to earn an Ohio Honors Diploma. Five years of foreign language will prepare students for the Advanced Placement test.
Students are required to purchase a workbook for most language courses. Students who decide not to continue the study of their first world language are encouraged to enroll in another language class. Students may not be recommended for the next level of a world language if they have a D or lower in the preceding level. Teacher recommendation for enrollment will be distributed prior to course sign-ups to aid in placement. Students whose grades by the end of the year do not merit promotion to the next level could be automatically scheduled to repeat.
0511 American Sign Language I - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: None Grades 10- 12 ASL I is an introduction to the language and culture used by Deaf people in the United States and parts of Canada. Students will learn vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure that is unique to ASL. Some topics learned are family, transportation, calendar, school life, food, deafness, holidays, idioms, humor, songs, famous Deaf, stories and conversations. Students will learn to sign (expressive skill) and understand someone signing (receptive skill).
0512 American Sign Language II - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: ASL I Grades 11-12 ASL II is a yearlong course that allows the students to use the strong basic skills they acquired in ASL I. As students increase their vocabulary level, they will develop a better understanding of ASL’s unique sentence structure. Deaf Culture will continue to be an everyday occurrence, as students meet members of the Deaf Community and broaden their awareness of Idioms, ASL grammar, and Deaf History.
0513 Honors American Sign Language III - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: ASL II Grade: 12 ASL III students become more personally involved within the Deaf Community as they expand both their expressive and receptive signing skills. Personal interaction with members of the Deaf Community, Deaf literature, ASL linguistics, ASL idioms, and continued understanding and acceptance of Deaf Culture are all fascinating aspects of Honors ASL III. Students in ASL III are eligible for the ASL National Honors Society. Students who complete this level successfully meet the foreign language requirement for the Honor’s Diploma.
0521 German I - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: None Grades 8-12 This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of modern German. First-year German enables the students to understand, speak, and write simple statements and questions in German. The students will learn greetings, weather, food, calendar, time, and common everyday activities.
0522 German II - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: German I Grades 9-12 German II builds on the skills learned in German I and enables the student to give commands, read short narratives, write simple letters, carry on a conversation about everyday topics, and give a simple description of what he/she sees or does. This course focuses intensely on grammar proficiency.
0523 Honors German III - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: German II Grades 10-12 The first semester of German III combines the completion of basic grammar study with reading of anecdotes and short selections of fiction and non-fiction. Also included is the written and spoken re-telling of the reading selections. Second semester focuses on applying the skills learned in the preceding five semesters in a variety of activities. The class uses newspapers, magazines, advertisements, modern short stories, and poetry (all entirely in German) for oral and written presentation of opinions, and factual subject matter. Students who complete this level successfully meet the foreign language requirement for the Honor’s Diploma.
0524 Honors German IV - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: German III Grades 11-12 Course offering will be dependent upon sufficient enrollment. The first semester of German IV combines some review of grammar with an overview of the geography of German speaking countries and an introduction to some modern German authors. Several short written reports are required as well as some brief written expressions of opinions about the literary selections. Some of the activities of the second semester include reading a short mystery novel, newspaper and magazine articles, oral reports, and translation of selected materials.
0525 Advanced Placement German Language - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: German IV Grade 12 Fee: Approximately $93.00 for the required AP Exam Course offering will be dependent upon sufficient enrollment. The overall goal of the course is to prepare students to perform at a high level of proficiency in the six language skills: interpersonal speaking, interpersonal writing, interpretive reading, interpretive listening, presentational speaking, and presentational writing. Advance literature and grammar books, plus AP materials supplement classroom instruction.
0531 Spanish I - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: None Grades 9-12 Spanish I is an introduction to the basic concepts of the Spanish language. Students learn greetings, time, weather expressions, food, the calendar and other daily vocabulary as well as basic grammar. Students will also learn strategies to help them acquire the language. All aspects of language will be addressed: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The Hispanic culture will be explored through classroom activities.
0532 Spanish II - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: Spanish I Grades 9-12 Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I. The same series of texts, tapes, videos, workbooks and all other materials is used. The student is introduced to two new tenses. Vocabulary is expanded extensively. Classroom accent is Latin American; however, audiotapes utilize native speakers from all Spanish-speaking countries. This course addresses all aspects of language learning, including speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and culture.
0533 Honors Spanish III - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: Spanish II Grades 10-12 This course develops the students' communicative competency in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It also increases their knowledge and awareness of other cultures. Several new verb tenses are introduced. Vocabulary building continues and grammar concepts are reinforced. Activities are student-centered and communication-oriented. Students who complete this level successfully meet the foreign language requirement for the Honor’s Diploma.
0534 Honors Spanish IV - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: Spanish III Grades 11-12 Course offering is dependent upon sufficient enrollment. Spanish IV will include a study of the culture of Spanish speaking countries, as well as a study of the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. In addition, students will complete their acquisition of verb tenses and will develop an extensive verb vocabulary. Students will also improve their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing as they bridge to the Spanish V AP Language course.
0535 Advanced Placement Spanish Language - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: Spanish IV Grade 12 Fee: Approximately $93.00 for the required AP exam Summer work is required. Course offering is dependent upon sufficient enrollment. The overall goal of the course is to prepare students to perform at a high level of proficiency in the six basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Advanced literature and grammar books, listening selections, and AP materials supplement classroom instruction. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be successful in the university placement tests. Students are expected to take the AP exam in May and pay the fees involved with the test. Upon earning a 3 or above on the AP test, students would be exempt from the language requirement at the university level, or could continue their studies starting at a higher level.
0541 French I - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: None Grades 9-12 French I is an introduction to the basic concepts of modern French. Students learn greetings, weather activities, food, the calendar, time, other daily vocabulary, and basic grammar. Most work in class is oral with written homework reinforcing the classroom presentation. Students learn about France and other francophone countries through classroom activities and outside projects. A basic understanding of language structure is highly recommended.
0542 French II - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: French I Grades 9-12 French II is a continuation of French I program. The spoken language is stressed in classroom activities, outside projects, and audio and video selections. Students expand their knowledge of French through learning more verb tenses, developing their vocabulary, and practicing grammar exercises. Students will have opportunities to read, write, speak, and hear the language.
0543 Honors French III - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: French II Grades 10-12 Students continue to develop skills in oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing by classroom presentations, cultural and literary readings, short compositions, language lab activities, and grammar study. Students who complete this level successfully meet the foreign language requirement for the Honors Diploma.
0544 Honors French IV - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: French III Grades 11-12 Course offering will be dependent upon sufficient enrollment Literary readings and French history are introduced along with further grammar study. Listening comprehension, speaking, and writing are practiced through class presentations, discussions, and frequent compositions.
0545 Advanced Placement French Language - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: French IV Grade 12 Fee: Approximately $93.00 for the required AP exam Summer work is required. Course offering will be dependent upon sufficient enrollment. This course prepares students for the French Language & Culture AP Test. Using online resources, AP materials, periodicals, and literary selections, students further develop speaking skills, listening comprehension, reading ability, and grammar proficiency, as well as more in-depth study of a broad range of cultural topics pertinent to the modern Francophone World. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be successful in the university placement tests.
DL0551 Chinese I (distance learning) - Elective 1 credit Prerequisite: None: Grades 9-10 Fee: Class fee required: To be determined Course offering will be dependent upon sufficient enrollment. This course is intended to provide basic conversational skills in Mandarin Chinese. Students will be exposed to the oral, spoken and written language, with both simplified characters and pinyin (Romanized) characters. In addition, this course will engage students in an exploration of both historical and contemporary Chinese culture. This is a distance learning course. Students scheduled in this course will be taught at Hoover High School through streaming video and supporting digital technologies in realtime by a teacher at another high school.