• Foreign Languages

    Dept. Chairperson: Carolyn Zayas

    Languages Other Than English (LOTE)    

    Graduation Requirement: NYS requires all students to fulfill a two-year seat requirement and earn one unit of high school credit in a language other than English in order to graduate.

     

    NYS has released new Pathways to Graduation: Students now have a 4+1 option instead of the traditional 5 Regents Exams requirement.  Students can now complete the 4 Core exams and one additional Regents exam in a different course in mathematics or science or a Department-approved alternative (STEM Pathway); or (among other choices): A pathway assessment in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) approved by the Commissioner (which could include a Biliteracy Pathway

     

    Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation LOTE Requirement:  Students must earn three units of credit in a language other than English and pass the local Regents examination in that language. 

    [Students completing a five-unit sequence in career and technical education or the arts (visual arts, music, dance, and theatre) are not required to complete the additional two units of the language other than English requirement for the Regents diploma with advanced designation but must still meet the Regents requirements for the total number of units of credit.]

     

    NOTE: College-bound students should have at least 2-3 foreign language credits on their high school transcripts, depending on the college and the program of study.

     

    Foreign language department offerings are named in terms of the state-required checkpoints. Vocabulary for all courses are described based on the fifteen topics outlined by the NYS Standards. 

     Level A1 will complete the Checkpoint A in one year and take a local final. 

     Level A2 will complete the second half of Checkpoint A in one year and take a local final. 

    Level A an accelerated course that will complete all of  Checkpoint A one year.

     Level B1 will complete the first half of Checkpoint B in one year and take a local final.                         

     Level B2 will complete the second half of Checkpoint B in one year and take the local Regents. 

    Level C1 will complete the first half of Checkpoint C in one year and take a local final. College credit is available. 

     Level C2 will complete the second half of Checkpoint C in one year and take a local final.  College credit is available. 

     

    FRENCH

    FRENCH LEVEL A

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This is an accelerated course. Students will complete the vocabulary and grammar in all 15 NYS Checkpoint A topics for LOTE. Successful completion of this course will meet the NYS graduation requirement. Students with a 75 average or better and a strong homework ethic can expect a teacher recommendation to French B1 level. 

    FRENCH LEVEL B1

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is the first half of a two-year track leading to the local Comprehensive Regents examination. Language instruction will provide further and more in-depth study in the areas of personal identification, house & home, family life, community & neighborhood, meal-taking, health & welfare, education, earning a living, sports & leisure, public & private services, shopping, travel & transportation, physical environment, culture and current events. Proper usage of the language is stressed, with a growing emphasis on grammar, writing and speaking. Students with a 75 average or better and a strong homework ethic can expect a teacher recommendation to French B2.

    FRENCH LEVEL B2

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is the second half of a two-year track and culminates in the local Comprehensive Regents examination. Language instruction will polish the student’s proficiency in the areas of personal identification, education, earning a living, sports & leisure, health & welfare, meal-taking, family life, community & neighborhood, physical environment, public & private services, shipping, culture and current events. There will be a greater emphasis on the written and spoken language, with more focus on correct grammar and pronunciation. Students must pass both the course and the local Comprehensive Regents examination to receive Regents credit.

     

    SPANISH

    SPANISH LEVEL A1

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Language instruction will focus on personal identification, education, community & neighborhood, types of jobs, family & home, shopping for food & clothing, sports & leisure, health & welfare, physical environment, culture and current events. Students will practice expressing likes and dislikes, socializing, asking for and offering information. Vocabulary is stressed at this level. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the student’s graduation requirement.

    SPANISH LEVEL A2

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Language instruction will focus on personal identification, community & neighborhood, family events, health & welfare, meal-taking, shopping for clothing & party needs, holidays, public & private services, sports & leisure, physical environment, travel, culture & current events. Students will continue to practice expressing likes and dislikes, socializing, asking for and offering information, and giving opinions. There is an increasing emphasis on grammar at this level. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the student’s graduation requirement. It will not fulfill the NYS LOTE requirement for an Advanced Diploma and most colleges’ requirement of 2-3 years of foreign language study. Students with a 75 average or better and a strong homework ethic can expect a teacher recommendation to continue on to Spanish B1.

    SPANISH LEVEL B1

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is the first half of a two-year track leading to the local Comprehensive Regents examination. Language instruction will focus on personal identification, community & neighborhood, sports & leisure, education, health & welfare, meal-taking, family life, travel & transportation, shopping, physical environment, culture & current events. Proper usage of the language is stressed, with a growing emphasis on grammar, writing and speaking. Students with a 75 average or better and a strong homework ethic can expect a teacher recommendation to Spanish B2.

    SPANISH LEVEL B2

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is the second half of a two-year track and culminates in the local Comprehensive Regents examination. Language instruction will polish the student’s proficiency in the areas of personal identification, family life, physical environment, meal-taking, health & welfare, education, earning a living, sports & leisure, public & private services, travel, culture & current events. There will be a greater emphasis on the written and spoken language, with more focus on correct grammar and pronunciation. Students must pass both the course and the local Comprehensive Regents examination to receive Regents credit. Highly motivated students who have passed the local Regents and have an 80 average or better and a strong homework ethic can expect a teacher recommendation to Spanish C1.

    SPANISH LEVEL C1

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Language instruction at this level will fine tune students proficiency in all NYS topic areas. In addition to review and enhancement of vocabulary, students will be expected to master all forms of the present, past, future, conditional simple and compound verb tenses in the indicative mood, and will be introduced to the present and past subjunctive. Students with paid tuition and a final, unweighted average of “C” or better may receive college credit for this course through SUNY Albany. Highly motivated students with an 80 unweighted average or better and a strong homework ethic can expect a teacher recommendation to Spanish C2.

    SPANISH LEVEL C2

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Language instruction at this level will allow for further, detailed study in all NYS topic areas along with an in-depth review and refinement of grammar and intense practice in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Though not specifically geared towards the Advanced Placement examination, students may opt to pay for and take this examination in May. Students with paid tuition and a final, unweighted average of “C” or better may receive college credit for this course through SUNY Albany.

    ITALIAN

    ITALIAN

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    High school elective course is geared toward 3rd and 4th language learners. Purpose of the course is to acquire listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Italian. These skills will enable the student to order at a restaurant, talk about food, communicate with friends and relatives about personal interests and daily life, shop, express opinion, give and understand directions to get around town, travel, and talk about the house and home. This course will also focus on the Italian culture, current events, and have a strong emphasis on communication. .

    It is understood that this course is an elective and cannot, currently, be used as a NYS LOTE requirement for achieving an Advanced Regents Diploma.