Modern Language

The primary goal of the Modern Language Department is authentic communication. Students will use the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to achieve proficiency in the language that they are studying. Students actively engage in meaningful conversations, gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, and learn the value of using a language beyond the classroom.

Course Offerings

List of 24 items.

  • French I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11

    This course is an introduction to French which includes the four basic language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Emphasis is on vocabulary and pronunciation, student participation, and an introduction to the culture of the French people.
  • French II

    2 semesters, 1 credit 
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course is a continuation of the four basic skills acquired in French I:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students must participate in class discussions. The course requires a deeper investigation of the culture of the French-speaking peoples.
  • French III

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    This course will emphasize advanced aspects of the French language through a variety of authentic materials.  Students will study advanced aspects of grammar, listen to native speakers, and read French texts.  They will be expected to communicate orally as well as to write compositions. This course is conducted in French. Students will be required to participate in the National French contest.
  • French IV

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This is an advanced course in the French language with emphasis on more individual expression in speaking and writing essays on various topics.  French history as well as current life and trends in France will be explored.  Reading will include short stories and articles on current affairs.  This course is conducted solely in French. Students will be required to participate in the National French contest.
  • German I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11

    This course is an introduction to the structure of the German language using the four basic language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing for the early mastery of grammar techniques and conversational patterns.
  • German II

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course is a continuation of the four basic skills acquired in German I.  This course includes a selection of cultural readings and selections in German which contribute to the student’s comprehensive understanding of the German-speaking countries.  Students are required to take the National German Exam.
  • German III

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    This course presents advanced components of grammatical structure and is devoted to increasing the student’s oral and written command of the language.  The reading of literary and cultural texts is used to introduce the student to textual analysis and exposition.  Students are required to take the National German Exam.  This course is conducted solely in German.
  • German IV

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This is an advanced course with emphasis on contemporary German issues reflected in critical articles and modern literary selections.  It also includes the study of advanced aspects of grammar.  Students are required to take the National German Exam.  This course is conducted solely in German.
  • German V

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 12

    This course is designed for the advanced German student.  The course will provide in-depth and intensive instruction of the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and comprehension.  Audio recordings of native speakers, videos, internet projects and weekly writing and speaking assignments will enrich the study.  Advanced texts will be used to study literary topics.  This course will be conducted solely in German.  Students will also be required to take the National German Exam.
  • Spanish I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11

    This course is an introduction to Spanish and the four basic language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Emphasis is on vocabulary and understanding grammar concepts.  Student participation is required through oral work in class, homework, and projects.  Students are introduced to the culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world.
  • Honors Spanish I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11

    This course is designed for the student who has the ability to move at a more rapid pace than Spanish I.  Students will also be introduced to the culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world.  Oral participation is required.  Students will be required to take the National Spanish Exam.
  • Spanish II

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course is a continuation of Spanish I with the same four basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students must participate in class discussions, projects, and a further investigation of the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples.
  • Honors Spanish II

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course is designed for the student who does exceptional work in Honors Spanish I.  The course will progress at a rapid pace and will cover additional grammar, vocabulary, and conversational skills.  The student will be required to do more independent study outside of class and take the National Spanish Exam.
  • Spanish III

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    This course will emphasize advanced aspects of the Spanish language and, therefore, the material will be more in-depth and also more creative.  Students will work on conversation, writing, and reading.  They will also learn more of the culture and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world.  This course is conducted in Spanish.
  • Honors Spanish III

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    This course is designed for students who have done exceptional work in Honors Spanish II and it is a preparatory course for Advanced Placement Spanish. The course will move at a more rapid pace and there will be an emphasis on vocabulary enrichment, advanced grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Authentic print, visual and audio materials are used to enhance learning. This course is conducted in Spanish.  Students will be required to take the National Spanish Exam.
  • Spanish IV

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This is an advanced course in the Spanish language with emphasis on more individual expression in speaking and writing, as well as the study of advanced aspects of grammar.  Readings include short stories, novels, and cultural selections.  This course is conducted in Spanish.
     
  • Honors Spanish IV

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed for the advanced Spanish student and will move at a rapid pace. The course will provide intensive instruction in advanced Spanish grammar as well as communication through speaking and writing. Interpretive activities will include authentic audio, video and print materials. The culture of Spanish speakers will be used to enhance the content of the course. The is course is conducted solely in Spanish. Students will be required to take the National Spanish Exam.
  • AP Spanish

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed for the advanced Spanish student and will provide intensive instruction in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) through practice in speaking, writing, and interpretive activities.  Interpretive activities include authentic audio, visual, and print materials. Six vocabulary and culture themes and an advance grammar curriculum provide a structure through which the students develop their skills in the three communication modes.

    Proficiency in Spanish is also an objective for the Advanced Placement Examination. Students will participate in class discussions, projects and readings and a variety of exercises involving authentic audio and visual materials to explore contemporary culture. Due to the influence of current events in a contemporary culture, this course explores and develops 21st century skills and relies on internet use for student research and collaboration.  This course is conducted solely in Spanish.  Students will be required to take the National Spanish Exam.
  • American Sign Language I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
    Taught at Brother Rice

    The course covers ASL skills, both comprehension (receptive) and expressive (signing.)  Basic conversation skills will be developed, emphasizing vocabulary building as well as the structure and syntax of ASL. Studies will include an introduction to deafness, deaf culture, and history and literature. 
     
  • American Sign Language II

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12
    Taught at Brother Rice

    The course covers advanced ASL I skills, but with more advanced conversation skills and more information on deafness, deaf culture, its history and literature.
  • Honors Latin I

    2 semesters,1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11
    Taught at Brother Rice

    This course, taught at Brother Rice, is an introductory Latin course in which the student will develop Latin reading skills and translation skills.  Elements of Roman culture and history, as well as classical mythology are included.  In this course, the student will enhance his/her language skills and broaden his/her knowledge of English vocabulary which is, in large part, derived from Latin.
  • Honors Latin II

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12
    Taught at Brother Rice

    Similar in scope and goals to Latin I, this course allows the student to continue the program begun in Latin I.  The student is expected to do the reading of more difficult selections in Latin.  The study of advanced grammatical structures as well as some Latin composition work is included.  The goals of this course include the development of the student’s intellect through organized study, logical thought, and the critical evaluation of written Latin.
  • Honors Latin III

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12
    Taught at Brother Rice

    The student learns Latin prose and Latin poetry in alternating years.  In the Latin prose year, works of Cicero, Caesar and other selected Roman writers are studied.  Some excerpts from the New Testament are read in Latin as well.  In the Latin poetry year, selected works of Virgil, Martial, Horace, Ovid and Catullus are read.  In this two-year sequence, the study of advanced grammar, advanced vocabulary, and English words derived from Latin continues.  The course is intended to prepare the student for literary studies on the university level and to challenge and develop the student’s critical and logical skills.
  • Honors Latin IV

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 12
    Taught at Brother Rice

     
    BR-597        HONORS LATIN IV, 2 semesters, 1 credit, open to 12
    BR-598        Prerequisite:  Teacher approval,
                           Marian and Brother Rice Students
     
    The student learns Latin prose and Latin poetry in alternating years.  In the Latin prose year, works of Cicero, Caesar and other selected Roman writers are studied. Some excerpts from the New Testament are read in Latin as well. In the Latine poetry year, selected works of Virgil, Martial, Horace, Ovid and Catullus are read. In this two year sequence, the study of advanced grammar, advanced vocabulary, and English words derived from Latin continues. The course is intended to prepare the student for literary studies on the university level and to challenge and develop the student’s critical and logical skills.
     
     
     
     

List of 6 members.

  • Michelle Copp 

    Department Chair
    BA - Oakland University
    MA - Wayne State University
  • Stacey Cushman 

    Department Chair
    BS - Central Michigan University
    MA - Madonna University
  • Renee Dalton 

    BA - Michigan State University
  • Angelica Rodriguez 

    BA - Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
    MS - Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
  • Brendan Sharp 

    BA - Oakland University
  • Jill Shopinski 

    BA - Oakland University

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