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Spanish I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and assumes no previous knowledge or limited knowledge. The class will use Spanish in speaking, writing, reading and listening skills. The students will be given opportunities to use the language through games, drama, celebrations, and special projects.  

Spanish II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Spanish I or permission from the teacher.
This course is a continuation of Spanish I. The students will continue to use the language in speaking, writing, reading and listening skills – with a deeper exploration into the written language. The students will be given opportunities to use the language in holiday projects, role-plays, games, videos, and stories.

Spanish III - Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Spanish II or permission from the teacher.
This course is a continuation of Spanish II. The students will delve deeper into the spoken language, literature and writing skills. The students will also study cultural similarities and differences as well as geography and history of Spanish speaking nations. The students will be given opportunities to display their skills using videos, audio materials, and student-centered projects to share with lower level students. 

Spanish IV - Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Spanish III and Selection criteria.
Spanish IV is designed as a continuation of Spanish III. In-depth study of the language and grammar will be emphasized along with literature, history, customs, traditions and current events.  

AP® Spanish
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Spanish III, Spanish IV, or by teacher recommendation and Selection criteria.
This advanced course focuses on Spanish for active communication — concentration is specifically on using and fine tuning verbal skills as well as writing expository compositions. Major emphasis is placed on reading, writing, and speaking using ‘real-life’ texts, interviews, and short stories. The varied accents, vocabulary  and idiom usage from different Latin countries are discussed and used as well. The last weeks of the course are dedicated toward the final preparation and practice for the AP® Spanish Language examination. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board. 

Mandarin Chinese I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course is an introduction to the Chinese language and culture in this course. The basic objectives are to help each student attain an acceptable degree of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and to present the language within the context of the contemporary Chinese culture. Chinese characters will be introduced systematically as they are related to the listening/speaking activities conducted throughout the course.

Mandarin Chinese II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Mandarin Chinese I
Mandarin II is a continuation course of Mandarin I. This course will help students further develop proficiency in Mandarin and expand knowledge of Chinese culture across the five standards: communication, culture, connection, comparisons, and community. Students will refine their tones and pronunciation, increase their vocabulary, and produce sentences with various grammatical structures. Emphasis will be placed upon practical use of Chinese through exposure to authentic texts such as short narratives, signage, tickets, and brochures. Students are expected to be more expressive in daily conversation about broader topics, such as school life, daily schedule, shopping, likes and dislikes of various items, transportation, and be able to read short essays. Cultural activities including legend-related crafts and ethnic food origins will be introduced to enhance students’ cultural awareness.

Other Foreign Languages
For enrichment purposes students may pursue other Foreign Language options through the online schools that partner with Northland. Other languages include: French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish Culture and 20th Century Hispanic Literature

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