Learning a world language at Unity High School equips students to communicate in languages other than English while deepening knowledge and appreciation for different cultures. World language study facilitates present and future participation in local and global communities by enhancing career opportunities, enriching travel and leisure experiences, and preparing students to advance in academic coursework in many disciplines. Learning languages presents a lifelong opportunity to share the Catholic faith with others through successful communication.
Students at Unity High School acquire the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing with the help of interactive classroom presentations, written and oral practice activities, cultural simulations, and reading and viewing authentic materials. Currently, both Spanish and French are offered and taught by Unity teachers. Students also have the option of taking online independent study courses in other languages. Although not required, it is recommended that students commit two or more years to the study of a language. Classes are guided by ACTFL standards (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
● Use, understand, and respond to greetings, farewells, invitations, and introductions among family, friends, and at school
● Exchange information on how things are going, likes & dislikes, and daily activities including leisure time and the school day
● Provide and comprehend descriptions of people, places, and belongings
● Relay information on topics such as weather, time, dates, basic geographical
expressions, and ordering from a café
● Talk about future events and plans
● Ask informational questions and understand and respond to questions from others
● Gain meaningful cultural insights on francophone regions throughout the world
Subsequent levels of French will be added to the program as students progress.
Spanish I is a foundational course that provides students with the skills to speak, read, and write in Spanish. The course prepares students to speak in the present tense about several personal themes such as their family and community, their daily routines at school and at home, and their pastimes and hobbies. Other areas covered are the calendar and telling time, number operations, weather expressions, and introductions and greetings. The goal of the course is for students to build confidence and proficiency in these areas. Students also are introduced to festivals and features of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
Spanish II continues to build upon the work from the previous course. Students will be introduced to communicating in the past and future tenses while continuing to strengthen their ability to speak in the present tense. More practice in various grammatical structures such as Gustar-type verbs, negative and indefinite words, reflexive verbs, and comparative and superlative expressions will be covered. Units are built around thematic units such as clothing and shopping, city and community, food, celebrations and life cycles, the body and common health ailments, and technology. With each unit, students will increase their proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking. Celebrations and features of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world will be emphasized within the thematic units.