Foreign Language


High School German I:
Instructor: Gabi van Tassell
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $30 (German textbook and copy fee)
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Group size: 4-10 students
Materials provided: 
1. Deutsch Aktuell 1 (textbook, EMS/Paradigm Publishing, 5th edition, 2008) [Textbooks are provided for the students to use throughout the year and must be returned at the end of the course. No writing is permitted inside the textbook. A $25 textbook fee will be collected for unreturned books.]
2. Worksheets.
Required Materials for Class: Binder, notebook paper, pencils/pens, index cards. Internet access to online resources.
Course Description: We will be using the Deutsch Aktuell 1 textbook as a backbone to guide us through the typical topics of learning a foreign language, starting with greetings, home, activities, travel, foods, and other topics as time allows. The emphasis of this class will be to instruct the students in using basic “tools” of all kinds to get things done in a foreign language.  Reading, grammar, and writing will be emphasized, but this class will put special focus on pronunciation and conversation. The textbook topics will be supplemented with seasonal activities, covering topics that are of relevance to the German culture.  A brief summary of each class will be emailed after class to students and parents.
Course Makeup Policy: It is in the student’s interest to not fall behind with assignments. Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and turn it in upon their return. Parents may request exceptions.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, quizzes, and projects will determine the final grade recommendation.
Challenge: Advanced students who are thinking about studying abroad may consider working towards the official German Sprachdiplom certificate (offered through GTHS).

High School German II:

Instructor: Gabi van Tassell
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $30 (German textbook and copy fee)
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Group size: 4-10 students
Materials provided: 
1. Deutsch Aktuell 1 (textbook, EMS/Paradigm Publishing, 5th edition, 2008) [Textbooks are provided for the students to use throughout the year and must be returned at the end of the course. No writing is permitted inside the textbook. A $25 textbook fee will be collected for unreturned books.]
2. Worksheets.
Required Materials for Class: Binder, notebook paper, pencils/pens, index cards. Internet access to online resources.
Course Description: 
We will continue to use the Deutsch Aktuell 1 textbook as a backbone to learn more around everyday life situation and special occasions.  While practicing fluency in using the tools that we learned in German I, we will continue to add reading, grammar, and writing skills, increasing emphasis on writing.
The textbook topics will be supplemented with seasonal activities, covering topics that are of relevance to the German culture.

Course Makeup Policy: It is in the student’s interest to not fall behind with assignments. Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and turn it in upon their return. Parents may request exceptions.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, quizzes, and projects will determine the final grade recommendation.
Challenge: Advanced students who are thinking about studying abroad may consider working towards the official German Sprachdiplom certificate (offered through GTHS).

High School Japanese I(Beginning):
Instructor: Toru Nishikawa
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $30 (Japanese workbook copy fee)
Grade Level: 8 – 12
Group size: 3-6 students
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Adventures in Japanese 1; Hiromi Peterson & Naomi Hirano-Miso 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston
Materials provided: (Students will get the workbook on the first lesson)
Original workbook for Adventures in Japanese 1 by Toru Nishikawa 
Required Materials for Class: Binder, notebook paper, pencils/pens, index cards. Internet access to online resources.
Goal
This class is designed for American students who have never studied Japanese. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to read Japanese Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, to speak and read short texts with basic sentence structures and to use and understand basic Japanese. In addition, they will be able to communicate using simple phrases in different situations. The contents covered in this class go beyond the level of Beginner Japanese Level.
Performance Evaluation:
Attendance & Preparation 40%
Exams/Quizzes 30%
Homework 30%

High School Japanese II:
Instructor: Toru Nishikawa
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $30 (Japanese workbook copy fee)
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Group size: 3-6 student
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Adventures in Japanese 1; Hiromi Peterson & Naomi Hirano-Miso 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston
Materials provided: (Students will get the workbook on the first lesson)
Original workbook for Adventures in Japanese 1 by Toru Nishikawa 
Required Materials for Class: Binder, notebook paper, pencils/pens, index cards. Internet access to online resources.
Goal
This class will be offered to the students who have already studied Beginner Japanese Level. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to read Japanese Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji very well. Also, students will be able to speak and read complex texts and to use and understand vocabulary at the intermediate level.
Performance Evaluation:
Attendance & Preparation    25%
Exams/Quizzes                    50%
Homework                          25%

Japanese Language Lab: Open for Middle & High school students:
Instructor: Toru Nishikawa
Course Fee: $480 per year (or 8 payments of $60)
Supply Fee: $40 (Japanese workbook copy fee)
Grade Level: 8 – 12
Concurrent enrollment in Japanese 1 or 2 or special permission
Group size:
 3-8 students

Website Erin’s Challenge! (Website provided by the Japan Foundation) Erin.ne.jp/en
(Students must register in this organization on the first lesson)
Workbook: Original workbook for Erin’s Challenge! : Basic skit & Key phrases by Toru Nishikawa (Students will get the workbook on the first lesson)
Goal: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to speak like native Japanese. Also, students study casual and formal Japanese language.
Students will experience Japanese culture with a lot of fun.
The Japan Foundation: This organization was founded in 1972 as special public corporation under the administration of Ministry of Foreign Affair.
Erin’s Challenge!
  1. This website provides “many visual images” on it. These pictures and video help students with studying common Japanese expressions and learning about many aspects of Japanese culture.
  2. This website helps students to increase the number of “things you can do” in Japanese through learning Japanese. Students can learn Japanese step by step looking at the explanations in English. 
  3. This website will offer “Actually Used Real Japanese”. It is authentic Japanese.
  4. This website contains videos of the skits, various exercises to study Japanese, and many pictures, quizzes and games to understand Japanese culture.
High School Spanish I: 
Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $30.
Grade level: 9-12.
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper. Internet access. Other materials will be provided by the tutor.
Course description: A lively, personal, and academically serious class. From the first day, you'll understand and construct full sentences in Spanish. You'll quickly learn to describe things, to talk about your interests and reactions, and to talk about your life. You'll read stories from very early in the course. For homework, you'll study vocabulary with a digital flashcard program, practice grammar, read in Spanish, watch videos, and write about your own life and opinions.
The goal of this course is to give you a fundamental understanding of the way Spanish works. When you finish this class, you will be able to speak about a number of things; but my main goal is to develop your understanding of the particular ways that Spanish speakers talk about our world, so that you can continue studying and reach your own goals in the language.
Time commitment: Learning a language is a big job! Expect up to about 3 hours of homework per week.
Course makeup policy: Consistent attendance and home study is vital. Contact me if you anticipate an absence. Please complete assignments before returning to class.
Grading policy: Class participation, homework, projects, and quizzes and tests (both oral and written) will determine the grade recommendation.

High School Spanish II:
Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $30.
Grade level: 9-12.
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper. Internet access. Beginning Spanish Grammar workbook from Spanish I. Other materials will be provided by the tutor.
Course description: Building on last year's foundation, we will read, write, and speak about increasingly complex things. Our focus will remain on the core concepts of Spanish—especially on the ways we use verbs, pronouns, and word order to express our ideas in Spanish.
We will continue to spend most of our class time in Spanish—reading and discussing stories, talking about your interests and about topics of cultural relevance, and interacting in a variety of ways.
If you have studied Spanish elsewhere, please contact me before registering for Spanish II.
Time commitment: Learning a language is a big job! Expect up to about 3 hours of homework per week.
Course makeup policy: Consistent attendance and home study is vital. Contact me if you anticipate an absence. Please complete assignments before returning to class.
Grading policy: Class participation, homework, projects, and quizzes and tests (both oral and written) will determine the grade recommendation.
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