Foreign Language Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Foreign Language Curriculum

Latin I

Course Texts:

  • Latin I Course Plan & Tests
  • Henle First Year Latin, Textbook
  • Henle First Year, Answer Key, Optional
  • Henle Latin Grammar

Course Description:

Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic’s heritage.  This course in Latin will give a comprehensive introduction to Latin grammar.  Students will complete the first twenty-eight lessons in Henle First Year Latin.

By diligent work in this course, the student will obtain:

  • a sound foundation of Latin vocabulary
  • an introductory grasp of Latin grammar & syntax
  • facility in Latin pronunciation,
  • an expanded English vocabulary, by understanding etymology of Latin derivatives
  • a reinforced grasp of English grammar through the study of Latin grammar

Topics covered include:

  • Verbs:
    • all four conjugations & sum
    • indicative, imperative, & subjunctive moods
    • present & perfect tenses
    • active & passive voices
  • Nouns:
    • nominative, genitive, accusative, ablative, & vocative cases
    • all five declensions
  • Pronouns:
    • demonstrative, personal, reflexive, & relative

Student assignments include daily vocabulary work throughout the year, composition work, and reading and speaking exercises.

Latin II

Course Texts:

  • Latin II Course Plan & Tests
  • Henle First Year Latin, Textbook
  • Henle First Year Latin, Answer Key, Optional
  • Henle Second Year Latin, Textbook
  • Henle Second Year Latin, Answer Key, Optional
  • Henle Latin Grammar

Course Description:

Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic’s heritage.  This course in Latin will give a comprehensive study of advanced Latin grammar, as well as an introduction to translation.  Students will complete the last fourteen lessons in Henle First Year Latin and complete Lessons 1-30 in Henle Second Year Latin.

By diligent work in this course, the student will obtain:

  • a sound foundation of Latin vocabulary (5 words memorized per day is ideal)
  • an in-depth grasp of Latin grammar and syntax
  • facility in Latin pronunciation
  • an expanded English vocabulary, by understanding the meaning of Latin derivatives
  • a reinforced grasp of English grammar through the study of Latin grammar

Topics covered include:

  • Verbs:
    • all four conjugations
    • all three moods
    • active & passive voices
    • sum, possum, & eo
    • -io verbs
    • deponent verbs
  • Participles
  • Nouns:
    • all six cases
    • all five declensions
  • Adjectives:
    • adjective forms
    • the comparison of adjectives
  • Pronouns:
    • demonstrative, personal, reflexive, & relative
  • Specific case uses & constructions (like the Ablative of Separation)
  • The gerund & gerundive
  • Purpose, result, & characteristic clauses

Student assignments include daily vocabulary work throughout the year, composition work, reading and speaking exercises, and longer translation assignments based upon the writings of Julius Caesar.

Latin III

Course Texts:

  • Latin III Course Plan & Tests
  • Henle Third Year Latin, Textbook
  • Henle Third Year Latin, Answer Key (Optional)
  • Henle Latin Grammar

Course Description:

Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic’s heritage.  This course in Latin stresses translation of source texts while reinforcing knowledge of Latin grammar.

By diligent work in this course, the student will obtain:

  • a sound foundation of Latin vocabulary (5 words memorized per day is ideal)
  • an in-depth grasp of Latin grammar & syntax
  • facility in Latin pronunciation
  • an expanded English vocabulary, by understanding etymology of Latin Related English & Latin words
  • an acquaintance with Roman oratory through the study of Cicero

Topics covered include review of the following:

  • Verbs:
    • all four conjugations
    • all three moods
    • active & passive voices
    • sum, possum, & eo
    • -io verbs
    • deponent verbs
  • Nouns:
    • all six cases
    • all five declensions
  • Adjectives:
    • adjective forms
    • the comparison of adjectives
  • Pronouns:
    • demonstrative, personal, reflexive, & relative
  • Specific case uses & constructions (like the Ablative of Separation)
  • The gerund & gerundive
  • Latin clauses & syntax, including:
    • direct & indirect questions
    • purpose, result, & characteristic clauses
  • Conditional sentences

Student assignments include daily vocabulary work throughout the year, composition work, reading and speaking exercises, study of Roman oratory with political & rhetorical context, reading and translation of Cicero, and reading and translation of excerpts of ecclesiastical Latin.

Latin IV

Course Texts:

  • Latin IV Course Plan & Tests
  • Henle Fourth Year Latin, Textbook
  • Henle Fourth Year Latin, Answer Key, Optional
  • Henle Latin Grammar

Course Description:

Latin is the language of he Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic’s heritage.  This course in Latin will give an introduction to translation of source texts will reinforcing knowledge of Latin grammar.

By diligent work in this course, the student will obtain:

  • a sound foundation of Latin vocabulary (5 words memorized per day is ideal)
  • an in-depth grasp of Latin grammar & syntax
  • facility in Latin pronunciation
  • an expanded English vocabulary, by understanding etymology of Latin Related English & Latin words
  • an acquaintance with Roman oratory & poetry through the study of Cicero & Virgil
  • familiarity with Christian poems, documents and Sacred Scripture

Topics covered include review of the following:

  • Verbs:
    • all four conjugations
    • all three moods
    • active & passive voices
    • sum, possum, & eo
    • -io verbs
    • deponent verbs
  • Nouns:
    • all six cases
    • all five declensions
  • Adjectives:
    • adjective forms
    • the comparison of adjectives
  • Pronouns:
    • demonstrative, personal, reflexive, & relative
  • Specific case uses & constructions (like the Ablative of Separation)
  • The gerund & gerundive
  • Latin clauses & syntax, including:
    • direct & indirect questions
    • purpose, result, & characteristic clauses
  • Conditional sentences

Student assignments include daily vocabulary work throughout the year, composition work, reading and speaking exercises, study of Roman oratory with political and rhetorical context, reading and translation of Cicero, reading, scansion, and translation of Virgil’s Aeneid, and reading and translation of excerpts of ecclesiastical Latin.

Italian I

Course Texts:

  • Italian I Course Plan & Tests

Not carried by Kolbe:

  • Prego! An Invitation to Italian, Textbook
  • Prego!, Online Workbook
  • Prego!, Online Laboratory Manual
  • Prego!, Online Learning Center*

Course Description:

Studying a modern language like Italian helps to reinforce the student’s grasp of English grammar while learning the language of another culture.  This course will aim to help the student have a sound foundation of Italian vocabulary, grammar, and syntax as well as having facility in pronouncing the Italian language.  Students will complete the first half of the textbook for high school Italian I credit.

Topics covered include:

  • Preliminary Chapter: Italian alphabet, pronunciation, numbers, calendar
  • Chapter 1: nouns (gender & number), articolo indeterminativo, buono, present tense of avere (to have)
  • Chapter 2: adjectives, present tense of essere (to be), articolo determinative, bello
  • Chapter 3: present tense of -are verbs, dare, stare, andare, & fare, possessive adjectives, questo & quello
  • Chapter 4: present tense of -ere & -ire verbs, dovere, potere, & volere, dire, uscire & venire, direct object pronouns, time
  • Chapter 5: preposizioni articolate, passato prossimo with avere & essere, consocere & sapere
  • Chapter 6: indirect object pronouns, using the past participle for the passato prossimo tense, piacere, interoggative
  • Chapter 7: reflexive verbs, reciprocal constructions, adverbs, numbers over 100
  • Chapter 8: imperfetto tense, trapassato tense, suffixes

Student assignments include grammar and translation assignments from the textbook, grammar exercises from the online workbook, conversation, dictation, comprehension, and pronunciation assignments from the online language laboratory, and additional writing assignments.

Italian II

Course Texts:

  • Italian II Course Plan & Tests

Not carried by Kolbe:

  • Prego! An Invitation to Italian, Textbook
  • Prego!, Online Workbook
  • Prego!, Online Laboratory Manual
  • Prego!, Online Learning Center

Course Description:

Studying a modern language like Italian helps to reinforce the student’s grasp of English grammar while learning the language of another culture.  This course will aim to help the student have a sound foundation of Italian vocabulary, grammar, and syntax as well as having facility in pronouncing the Italian language.  Students will complete the second half of the textbook for high school Italian II credit.

Topics covered include:

  • Disjunctive pronouns, comparatives, relative superlative
  • Future (simple) tense, impersonal pronoun (si)
  • Use of ne & ci (more impersonal pronouns), double pronouns (direct-indirect objects), imperative
  • Indefinite adjectives, indefinite pronouns, negatives, formal imperative
  • Present conditional, past conditional, possessive pronouns
  • Relative pronouns, infinitive verb constructions, nouns & adjectives ending in -a
  • Passato remoto verb tense, ordinal numbers, volerci & metterci
  • Present subjunctive & its uses, past subjunctive
  • Conjunctions that use the subjunctive form & other uses of the subjunctive
  • Imperfect subjunctive, trapassato subjunctive, proper choice of subjunctive tense

Student assignments include grammar and translation assignments from the textbook, grammar exercises from the online workbook, conversation, dictation, comprehension, and pronunciation assignments from the online language laboratory, and additional writing assignments.

German I

Course Texts:

  • German I Course Plan & Tests
  • Deutsch: Na Klar!, Textbook  (Not carried by Kolbe)

**Textbook Audio is located at the Online Learning Center at www.mhhe.com/dnk6
**Other Online Resources are located at dict.leo.org

Course Description:

This course in German will give a comprehensive introduction to German grammar.  By diligent work in this course, the student will obtain:

  • A sound foundation of German vocabulary (10 words memorized per day is ideal)
  • An introductory grasp of German grammar & syntax
  • Facility in German pronunciation
  • A reinforced grasp of English grammar through the study of German grammar

Skills to be developed include:

  • Confidence in the use of the German language
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in written & spoken German at a basic level
  • Knowledge of the rules of German grammar & composition
  • Confidence & ability to read, write, & speak the German language at a basic level

German II

Course Texts:

  • German II Course Plan & Tests
  • Deutsch: Na Klar!, Textbook  (Not carried by Kolbe)

**Textbook Audio is located at the Online Learning Center at www.mhhe.com/dnk6
**Other Online Resources are located at dict.leo.org

Course Description:

This course in German will give a comprehensive introduction to German grammar.  By diligent work in this course, the student will obtain:

  • A sound foundation of German vocabulary (10 words memorized per day is ideal)
  • An introductory grasp of German grammar & syntax
  • Facility in German pronunciation
  • A reinforced grasp of English grammar through the study of German grammar

Skills to be developed include:

  • Confidence in the use of the German language
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in written & spoken German at a basic level
  • Knowledge of the rules of German grammar & composition
  • Confidence & ability to read, write, & speak the German language at a basic level

French I

Course Texts:

  • French 1 Course Plan & Tests
  • Bien dit! French Level I, Textbook (online access included)
  • Larousse’s French/English Dictionary

Course Description:

Bien dit!—a program with real-world photos, on-location video, animated grammar, and solid pedagogy—is an exciting, motivational, and effective French series that will appeal to all types of learners and keep them coming back for more. Based on the “five C’s” (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, Communities), this program has an easy-to-use format that allows students to achieve success.

Skills to be Developed:

  • Confidence in the use of the French language 
  • Knowledge of the rules of French grammar and composition 
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand the French language at the Novice High to Intermediate Low proficiency level on a variety of topics in discrete sentences and strings of sentences 
  • Ability to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics

French II

Course Texts:

  • French 2 Course Plan & Tests
  • Bien dit! French Level II, Textbook (online access included)
  • Larousse’s French/English Dictionary

Course Description:

Bien dit!—a program with real-world photos, on-location video, animated grammar, and solid pedagogy—is an exciting, motivational, and effective French series that will appeal to all types of learners and keep them coming back for more. Based on the “five C’s” (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, Communities), this program has an easy-to-use format that allows students to achieve success.

Skills to be Developed:

  • Increased confidence in the use of the French language  
  • Knowledge of the rules of French grammar and composition 
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand the French language at the Intermediate Low to Intermediate High proficiency level on topics listed in Scope and Sequence in discrete sentences and strings of sentences 
  • Ability to ask and answer questions on topics listed in Scope and Sequence

French III

Course Texts:

TBD

Course Description:

Bien dit!—a program with real-world photos, on-location video, animated grammar, and solid pedagogy—is an exciting, motivational, and effective French series that will appeal to all types of learners and keep them coming back for more. Based on the “five C’s” (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, Communities), this program has an easy-to-use format that allows students to achieve success.

Skills to be Developed:

  • Increased confidence in the use of the French language  
  • Knowledge of the rules of French grammar and composition 
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand the French language at the Intermediate Low to Intermediate High proficiency level on topics listed in Scope and Sequence in discrete sentences and strings of sentences 
  • Ability to ask and answer questions on topics listed in Scope and Sequence 

Spanish I

Course Texts:

  • Spanish 1 Course Plan & Tests
  • Avancemos! 1Textbook
  • Avancemos! 1, Online Access
  • Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary, Optional
  • Spanish Laminated Grammar Card, Optional

Course Description:

This course presents materials in manageable lessons with frequent checkpoints, differentiated activities, and engaging practice options.  The perfect blend of culture, instruction, and interaction enables and motivates students to succeed in learning Spanish.  Engaging digital features, and differentiated instruction provide the keys to Spanish language proficiency.  Supports 21st century skills with items like News and Networking online which includes high-interest cultural articles and videos.  Interactive Readers provide a variety of readings at various levels of difficulty and interactive textbook pages that allow students to submit oral, multiple choice, and written responses to every activity in the book.  There are also online activities and animations for additional interactive practice on the vocabulary and grammar.

Spanish II

Course Texts:

  • Spanish 2 Course Plan & Tests
  • ¡Avancemos! 2, Textbook
  • ¡Avencemos! 2, Online Access
  • Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary, Optional
  • Spanish Laminated Grammar Card, Optional

Course Description:

This course presents materials in manageable lessons with frequent checkpoints, differentiated activities, and engaging practice options.  The perfect blend of culture, instruction, and interaction enables and motivates students to succeed in learning Spanish.  Engaging digital features, and differentiated instruction provide the keys to Spanish language proficiency.  Supports 21st century skills with items like News and Networking online which includes high-interest cultural articles and videos.  Interactive Readers provide a variety of readings at various levels of difficulty and interactive textbook pages that allow students to submit oral, multiple choice, and written responses to every activity in the book.  There are also online activities and animations for additional interactive practice on the vocabulary and grammar.

Spanish III

Course Texts:

  • Spanish 3 Course Plan & Tests
  • ¡Avancemos! 3, Textbook
  • ¡Avancemos! 3, Online Access
  • Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary, Optional
  • Spanish Laminated Grammar Card, Optional

Course Description:

This course transports students beyond the classroom on an exciting journey through the diverse Spanish-speaking world.  The perfect blend of culture, instruction and interaction enables and motivates students to succeed.

Skills to be Developed:

  • Confidence in the use of the Spanish language 
  • Knowledge of the rules of Spanish grammar and composition
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand the Spanish language at the Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High proficiency level on topics listed in Scope and Sequence in paragraph-length discourse
  • Use of circumlocution to negotiate meaning in interpersonal communication
  • Emerging ability to express opinions, hopes and wishes for the future, hypothesize, narrate and describe events in past present and future time frame, and give polite and familiar commands

 

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