World Language Department

The Foreign Language Department believes the study of foreign languages has educational, cultural and vocational value.  By offering classical and modern languages, the department strives to foster respect for foreign cultures, past and present, and to broaden academic skills.

Department Chairperson: Mr. Mike Kowalczyk | 732 549 1108 x670

Spanish I (S600)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th

Spanish I is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. This is a foundation course concentrating on the alphabet, correct pronunciation, basic thematic vocabulary, essential grammatical concepts and simple sentence structure. Hispanic traditions and customs and their infusion into American society are discussed.

Spanish I Honors (S602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th
Prerequisites: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test and grammar school transcript

Spanish I Honors introduces the fundamentals of Spanish. Emphasis is on the recognition of sentence structures, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension. Students are encouraged to use the target language in class discussions to develop improvisation and free communication. Compositions and readings are required. Culture units include Hispanic and Spanish traditions and customs.

Spanish II (S610)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Spanish II is a continuation course that reviews the main grammatical points of Spanish I. Listening, comprehension and speaking are stressed. Assignments include supplemental reading material, as appropriate, and individual or group projects on Spanish and Hispanic culture.

Spanish II Honors (S612)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Spanish I Honors; teacher recommendation

Spanish II Honors is a continuation of the fundamental grammar of Spanish I Honors. Emphasis is on the elaboration of sentence  structure, vocabulary,reading and listening comprehension. Students are encouraged to use the target language in class discussions to develop improvisation and free communication. Students are expected to work on independent readings and on special projects concerning Hispanic culture.

Spanish III (S620)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "C+" average in Spanish II; teacher recommendation 

Spanish III is a continuation of the fundamental grammar of Spanish II. Emphasis is on the elaboration of sentence structure, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension. Students are instructed in the target language in class discussions in order to develop improvisation  and free communication. Students are expected to work on independent readings and on special projects.

Spanish III Honors (S622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Spanish II Honors; teacher recommendation

Spanish III Honors stresses four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course emphasizes grammar and introduces advanced grammatical structures. Additional cultural readings on Spain and the Hispanic world are presented.

Spanish IV (S630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "C+" average in Spanish III; teacher recommendation

Spanish IV is the practical application of all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course introduces advanced grammar. The reading and discussion of contemporary articles will facilitate the ultimate goal of speaking with fluency. Oral presentations and written compositions are required. Spanish literature is introduced through selected short stories.

Spanish IV Honors (S630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Spanish III Honors; teacher recommendation

Spanish IV Honors reviews grammar already learned and introduces more advanced grammatical structures. Selected works of literature and several films will offer a glimpse into the history and culture of Latin America. Students will be required to prepare oral presentations on a literary or cultural theme. The main focus of this advanced course is to foster the use of critical thinking and to further promote the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Spanish: Contemporary Literature and Writing Honors (635)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "A" average in Spanish IV; "B+" average in Spanish IV Honors and "A" average in Spanish III Honors; teacher and/or department chairperson recommendation

This course consists of reading, class discussions and assigned compositions based on contemporary literary selections by authors from Latin America and Spain. Task-based activities via Spanish Web sites will complement the textbook. A comprehensive review of grammar and vocabulary will be infused throughout the semester. Middlesex County College credit may be earned for this course for an additional fee. See chairperson for details.

Italian I (I600)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th
Prerequisites: Placement determined by High School Placement Test

Italian I is an introductory course, with emphasis on the practice of basic skills. Listening, comprehension and speaking are stressed. The study of Italy and its culture is integrated into the course.

Italian I Honors (I602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th
Prerequisites: Placement determined by High School Placement Test

This is an introduction to the fundamentals of Italian. Listening, reading comprehension and speaking are stressed. Also included are lessons in grammar as well as short readings/compositions, audio exercises and film analysis. Assessments are frequent and challenging with homework daily.

Italian II (I610)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Italian I

Italian II is a continuation of fundamental structures and development of Italian language skills. Listening comprehension and speaking are stressed. Assignments include individual and group projects on Italian culture. The culture and its influence on the Western world are emphasized.

Italian II Honors (I612)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Italian I Honors; teacher recommendation

Students will develop and further strengthen vocabulary, grammatical structures and communication skills. In addition to the textbook, a lively Italian reader will be introduced. The reader plus selected films will provide authentic immersion into contemporary Italian life. More challenging readings, compositions, audio exercises and daily homework assignments will be integral elements of this intermediate course.  

Italian III (I620)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Italian II; teacher recommendation

Italian III concentrates on strengthening the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. More advanced grammar, the study of Italian literature and cultural selections are covered. Classes are conducted in the target language. Italian culture and its influence on the Western world are further explored.

Italian III Honors (I622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Italian II Honors; teacher recommendation

Italian III Honors further develops all basic skills learned: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course emphasizes grammar and introduces advanced grammatical structures. Classes are conducted in the target language. Additional cultural topics are covered, such as readings from various literary selections, operas and art history.

Italian IV (I630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Italian III; teacher recommendation

Italian IV continues to concentrate on strengthening the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. More advanced grammatical structures and more challenging selections from Italian history, literature and cinema are studied.

Italian IV Honors (I632)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Italian III; teacher recommendation

Italian IV Honors reviews grammar already learned and introduces more advanced grammatical structures.  The main focus of the advanced course is to foster the use of critical thinking and to further promote the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Students will study classical works by Italian masters such as Dante.

Latin I Honors* (L602) - 5 Credits - Grade Levels Offered (9)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test; offered only to students enrolled in the Honors program (classical track)

Latin I Honors is an important part of the Honors program. Latin provides a foundation in both vocabulary and grammar for the study of other languages and aids in strengthening the knowledge of English. The study of Latin supports the development of analytic thinking and is helpful in liberal arts, the medical, paramedical and legal fields. Latin I emphasizes the basics of grammar, the study of vocabulary and the rules needed for correct translation. Roman culture is interspersed throughout the course.

Latin II Honors (L612) - 5 Credits - Grade Levels Offered (10)

Prerequisites: "B" average in Latin I Honors; teacher recommendation

Latin II Honors begins with a review of Latin I concepts. Students then develop their vocabulary and complete the study of basic grammar. Roman culture is integrated into the course.

Latin III Honors (L622)*

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th
Prerequisites: "B" or better in Latin II Honors; teacher recommendation

The first semester includes a review of basic grammar and acquisition of some finer points through examples of personal writing styles in brief prose texts that highlight Roman history from the fall of the Republic to the rise of the Empire. This is followed in the second semester by close analysis of major Roman authors, most significantly Caesar, Cicero and Virgil.

Latin IV Honors (L632)*

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Latin III Honors; teacher recommendation

Latin IV covers various texts by classical Latin authors such as Horace, Ovid, Catullus, Cicero, Livy and Plautus. Poetic forms, grammatical structures, figures of speech and metrics are introduced as needed before studying selected readings from Virgil, Ovid and Catullus. Additional units may be added covering Medieval and Renaissance texts to explore Latin beyond the classical period and introductory linguistics, to understand the theoretical foundations of language.

*All Latin courses are offered online providing all the traditional class elements of instruction, interaction and testing. Students are in contact with the teacher via Internet application and video conferencing.

Chinese I (C600)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th

According to the Modern Language Association, Mandarin Chinese has the greatest number of native speakers in the world--a fact that explains the explosive introduction of Chinese language courses at the college level. Chinese I introduces the student to the national language of China, utilizes the “pinyin” system of romanization, in addition to developing the ability to read and write 180 characters. Chinese culture, cuisine and calligraphy are explored.

Chinese I Honors (C602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th, 10th
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test. 

Chinese I Honors introduces the student to the national language of China, utilizes the “pinyin” system of romanization, in addition to developing the ability to read and write characters. The Chinese culture, cuisine and calligraphy are explored in depth.

Chinese II (C610)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th

Chinese II is a continuation course that begins with a comprehensive review of Level I concepts and phrases. The focus is still to strengthen the students’ listening and speaking of Mandarin Chinese. However, in this course, more time will be devoted to preparing the students to write characters and form more complex sentences. About 150 more phrases will be introduced.

Chinese II Honors (C612) - 5 Credits - Grade Levels Offered (10,11)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Chinese I Honors; teacher recommendation

Chinese II Honors is a continuation course that begins with a comprehensive review of Level I concepts and phrases. The focus is still to strengthen the students’ listening and speaking of Mandarin Chinese. However, in this course, more time will be devoted to preparing the students to write characters and form more complex sentences. About 200 more phrases will be introduced.

Chinese III Honors (C622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Chinese II Honors; teacher recommendation

Chinese III Honors will further strengthen the students’ communication skills, especially in the recognition and writing of Chinese characters. Students are instructed in the target language. In addition, culture-related materials (literature selections, movies, documentaries) are presented to help the students better understand elements that influence the development of Chinese society. More advanced grammatical structures and about 200 new phrases are introduced.

Chinese IV Honors (C632)

Credits: 5
Grade Levels: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Chinese III Honors; teacher recommendation

Chinese IV Honors reviews grammar already learned and introduces more advanced grammatical structures. Selected works of literature will offer a glimpse into the history and culture of China. The main focus of this course will be to further promote the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Chinese Contemporary Literature and Writing (C630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Chinese III Honors, "B+" average in Chinese IV Honors and recommendation of teacher/department chairperson

This course consists of reading, class discussions and assigned compositions based on contemporary literary selections by authors from China.