World Language

  • Students are offered: six (6) years of Latin, French, and Spanish beginning in Grade 7. Ninth grade students who have successfully completed level IB of a language at the Middle School may elect the second year of that language or begin another language. Ninth grade students who have successfully completed level IB/II at the middle school may elect the third year of that language or begin another language.

    Honors students are expected to be highly and independently motivated in order to excel in all areas of learning the target language. The expectations for the College Prep level are similar, but include more explanation and practice in each area of language learning as needed. Both levels accommodate students’ various abilities and learning styles and encourage all students to reach their highest potential within each course of language study.

    Because the acquisition of world languages is a cumulative process, certain benchmarks must be attained in order to continue in a sequential course. In order to proceed to the next course in the sequence, students must obtain a final grade of C- or higher. Students receiving a grade in the D range at the end of the year will receive credit for the year. While still considered passing, a grade in the D range still requires serious remediation. Students in this situation may re-take the course for greater understanding. If the student receives a B- or higher the second time, the student will receive another year of credit toward graduation.

    Depending on student enrollments, levels may be combined and taught within the same class.

    As college entrance requirements vary, so may the number of years a student will elect to study a world language. However, most colleges require that a student successfully complete at least two years of any one language in high school. Students who demonstrate the ability and interest are encouraged to take four, five or six years of a language.

    All students in the Arabic, French, and Spanish programs at Norwell High School have the opportunity to enhance their oral and aural language skills using the language lab. The use of the language lab is an integral part of teaching and learning and supports the district’s educational goals.

    The table below outlines the pathways of world language study that students may pursue. While the chart represents the typical flow of language study for students, individual exceptions may apply. Students interested in moving from one pathway to another should discuss this option with their foreign language teacher.

    Grade

    Pathway 1

    Pathway 2

    6

    Introduction to World Language

    Introduction to World Language

    7

    Level I

    Level I

    8

    Level I (Mastery and Continuation)

    Level II

    9

    Level II

    Level III

    10

    Level III

    Level IV

    11

    Level IV

    Level V 

    or AP (Latin)/SUPA (French, Spanish)

    12

    Level V

    or AP (Latin)/SUPA (French, Spanish)

    Level VI 

    (French, Spanish, Latin Honors)

     Or 

    AP (French, Spanish)/SUPA (Latin)

  • Latin Courses

  • French Courses

  • Spanish Courses

  • Arabic Courses