World Language Department

Chair: Mrs. Heidi Hanks: French

Mrs. Amy Corwell: Spanish
Mrs. Karin Kraeling: Spanish & German
Mr. Roger Rosen '67: French and Latin
Mrs. Luisa Wynn: Spanish

Course Offerings:
Latin I French I Spanish I German I
Latin II French II Spanish II German II
Latin III French III Spanish III Gerrman III
Latin IV French IV Spanish IV German IV

All world language courses are electives. Three years of a world language are recommended for students intending to go to college, but two years are required for entrance into most college programs. When a student enters college, he is given a placement exam, through which his solid high-school language background can help him "test out" of some or all of what is often a four semester college course language requirement. Students who have taken three or four years of language at Elder traditionally have experienced a great deal of success in "testing out" of much of this requirement.

World Language Program Philosophy

The study of a modern world language is an integral part of a complete education. Being related to the total development of the individual, it contributes to the maturing process of the adolescent. World language study provides an insight into how other nations think. There is a need, more now than at any other time, for people to understand the uniqueness and individuality of other cultures. The study of a world language is truly one way of building a world community – a community free from prejudice and bigotry. Not to be overlooked, of course, are the needs of American businesses. Presently, they are seeking individuals who are trained in world language. One who possesses a world language as a dual major has a highly marketable skill.

World Language Program Goals

The goal of world language study is the development of a well-rounded individual. World language is an integral part of a complete education, and it contributes to the maturing process of adolescents and leads to an understanding of the uniqueness and individuality of other cultures. Through the study of grammatical structure, the students learn to think more clearly and come to a better appreciation of their own language.

World Language Program Objectives:

  1. The World Language program at Elder High School provides the student ample opportunity to develop his skills in:
  2. Speaking the world language, so as to be understandable to native people of that language, in structured and non-structured conversation;
  3. Deciphering the world language-as spoken at native rapidity and intonation;
  4. Reading the world language as it is written formally and informally, today and in past literature;
  5. Writing complete thoughts in concise style, constructing a well-worked composition in the world language;
  6. Interpreting the world language and its culture.

World Language Sequence Of Courses

Elder High School offers four-year programs in four world languages: French, German, Latin, and Spanish. The languages share a common sequence pattern.

First Year:

  1. To familiarize the student with some of the major elements basic to the target language without over-complication of verb tenses, grammatical structure or vocabulary.
  2. To develop in the student an elementary ability to understand, speak, read, and write in simplified language.
  3. To introduce the student to some of the interesting comparative and contrasting points of the culture and civilization of the countries in which the target language is the official language; this will increase his interest in and awareness of his own language as well as the target language by showing how the English vocabulary and American customs have been enriched.

Second Year:

  1. To complete the basic elements of the target language: fundamental verbal and grammatical structures and a well-cultivated vocabulary.
  2. To develop a greater self-confidence in the performance of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as evidenced through a greater ability in self-expression.
  3. To deepen the student's interest in and knowledge of the culture and civilization pertinent to the target language of the countries in which it is the accepted official language.

Third and Fourth Years:

  1. To attain a level of facility of expression in the target language.
  2. To achieve more refinement of writing skills.
  3. To develop the student's ability to read literature in the target language.