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World Language Courses

Graduation Requirement:  Students must pass one year or 10 credits in either language or fine arts courses for graduation. 

College Requirement:  Students must pass two years or 20 credits of language other than English (LOTE) courses with grades of "C" or higher.  
For highly competitive colleges, 3 or 4 years of LOTE coursework is recommended.

Language Other than English (LOTE) courses receive credit in the E area for the University of California (UC)  and California State University (CSU)  systems.

P - Spanish 1
Grades 9 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: None
The first level of the Spanish language class is the beginning of the traditional college preparatory sequence and gives students the opportunity to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish. Instruction emphasizes accurate pronunciation and fluency and seeks to develop basic survival skills through the study of grammar and vocabulary necessary for elementary communication. An integral component is the cultural introduction to the traditions and customs of the Spanish-speaking people.

P - Spanish 2
Grades 9 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1 course (C- or better) or teacher recommendation
The second level of the Spanish language is the second year of the traditional college preparatory sequence. This course begins with a systematic review of the materials presented in Level 1. Subsequent units present new material to provide greater depth in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with an emphasis on grammar and the understanding and appreciation of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

P - Spanish 3
Grades 9 - 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 2 course (C- or better) or teacher recommendation
Spanish 3 is the third year of the traditional college preparatory sequence. Its goal is intermediate proficiency in all four areas of communication expanding knowledge of grammar and vocabulary as well as idiomatic speech and expressions. Activities include conversations, role-plays, presentations and writings, which emphasize the ability to express oneself, as well as literary readings.

P - Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Grades 9 - 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Native speaker or near native fluency
The primary focus of the course is to enhance and refine the Spanish language skills of Spanish-speaking students. This is a two-semester, college prep course for native Spanish speakers. It provides an intensive involvement in the development of the following skills in Spanish: 1) reading, 2) writing, 3) speaking/listening, 4) correct usage of grammar and 5) critical thinking. The main goal of this course is proficiency in all of the above areas.

P - Spanish Language and Culture AP
Grades 10 - 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish for Heritage Speakers or Spanish 3 with a C- or better or teacher recommendation
This is an advanced class. The primary focus of the course is to enhance and refine the Spanish language skills of students in preparation for the Spanish Language Advanced Placement Test. Activities in the course are designed to enhance all skills, including writing, listening, speaking and grammar study. Students will also read and analyze Spanish and Latin American literature and write compositions in Spanish. Students will be prepared to take the advanced placement test in Spanish language in May.

P - Spanish Literature AP
Grades 10 - 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation or passing Spanish Language (Advanced Placement) with a C- or better
This is the most advanced Spanish class offered at Silver Creek. The primary focus of the course is to enhance and refine the Spanish language/literature skills of students in preparation for the Spanish Literature Advanced Placement Test. Activities in the course will include reading a survey of Spanish and Latin American literature as mandated by the College Board. Students will engage in classroom discussions, analysis of literary works and compose essays reflecting upon those works. Students will be prepared to take the advanced placement test in Spanish literature in May.


P - French 1
Grades 9 – 12

Prerequisites: None
The first level of the French language class introduces and teaches students to listen, speak, read and write in French. Instruction emphasizes pronunciation and elementary communication. Students will develop basic survival skills through the study of grammar and vocabulary necessary. An integral component is the cultural introduction to the traditions and customs of French-speaking people.

P - French 2
Grades 10 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 1 course (C- or better)
The second level of the French language continues the traditional college preparatory sequence. The course begins with a systematic review of the materials presented in Level 1. Subsequent units present new material to provide greater depth in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on grammar.

P - French 3
Grades 11, 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 2 course (C- or better)
This is an advanced course in French. Its goal is intermediate proficiency in all four of the skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This includes grammar review, idiomatic speech and expressions and some literature. Ability to express oneself both orally and in writing is the primary goal of French 3.

P - French Language and Culture AP
Grade 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous French courses
This advanced course is for fourth-year French language students. It will provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a third-year college course in French language. The course will develop students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Instructional materials will include a variety of audio and/or video recordings that develop students’ listening abilities. The course provides instruction and frequent opportunities to write a variety of compositions in French. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement French Language exam in May.

P - Chinese for Heritage Speakers 1
Prerequisite: Speak Chinese at home or have some Chinese background (Students with Simplified or Traditional learning background are welcome). Recommendations: None (Placement Test will be given for new students.) The course work concentrates on refining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as introducing students to the culture of the Chinese speaking world. Chinese 1 students will be able to understand and produce signs, words, and phrases in the four skill areas.

P - Chinese for Heritage Speakers 2

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Heritage Chinese 1 or proficiency equal to that level The course work concentrates on refining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as introducing students to the culture of the Chinese speaking world. Chinese 2 students will be able to understand and produce sentences and strings of sentences in the four skill areas.

P - Chinese for Heritage Speakers 3
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Heritage Chinese 2 or proficiency equal to that level The course work concentrates on refining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as introducing students to the culture of the Chinese speaking world. Chinese 3 students will be able to understand and produce paragraphs and strings of paragraphs in the four skill areas.

P - Chinese Language and Culture AP
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Heritage Chinese 3 or proficiency equal to that level The course work concentrates on refining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as introducing students to the culture of the Chinese speaking world. Students will be able to understand and produce coherent and cohesive multi-paragraph texts in the four skill areas. The course satisfies the AP Chinese requirements set by the College Board.

P - Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers 1
Grades 9 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: At least one parent who speaks Vietnamese
The first level of the Vietnamese language class gives students the opportunity to listen, speak, read and write in Vietnamese. Instruction emphasizes accurate pronunciation and fluency and seeks to develop basic survival skills through the study of grammatical structures, usage forms and vocabulary necessary for elementary communication. An added component is the cultural introduction to the traditions and customs of the people who speak Vietnamese.

P - Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers 2
Grades 9 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of Vietnamese 1 (C- or better) or teacher recommendation
The second level of the Vietnamese language is the second year of the traditional college preparatory sequence. The course begins with a systematic review of the materials presented in Level 1. Subsequent units present new material to provide greater depth in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and in the understanding and appreciation of the cultural content of Vietnam.

P - Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers 3
Grades 9 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Successful completion of Vietnamese 2 (C- or better) or teacher recommendation
This is an advanced two-semester college prep course for native Vietnamese speakers. The main goal of this course is the continuing proficiency development of various skill areas. The study and analysis of Vietnamese literature is emphasized. Students at this level write compositions, poems and book reports. They also make presentations and write research papers.

P - Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers 4
Grades 9 – 12 (year): G, CSU, UC (e)Prerequisites: Students should have Vietnamese as their primary language
This is an advanced two-semester college prep course for native Vietnamese speakers. The main goal of this course is the analytical study of Vietnamese literature. The students who enroll in this course should already have competence in the analysis of grammar and have superior competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing.