French I is an introduction to basic written and spoken French. We learn basic grammar structures and vocabulary so as to develop rudimentary conversational skills in French. Conversational skills are developed through role play, songs and games. Students develop basic written French, and learn about French culture as well. This is a year-long course.
Stratton Mountain School requires all students to complete three years of language study in either French of Spanish. Individual exceptions are made in special circumstances. We offer Honors level courses beginning with year three of each language, and years four and five are considered Honors level study for those students who choose to take them. Our language classes seek to encourage language acquisition through an immersive learning situation in which English is left at the door. Language courses also explore the social and geographic realities of locations where the language under study is spoken.
French II continues to build on skills acquired in Level I. Students deepen their knowledge of written and spoken French by learning additional grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students learn about French culture and read a book in French. Conversational skills are developed through role play, songs, games and class discussion. This is a year-long course.
French III reviews and applies the concepts covered in French I and II, and then develops proficiency with more advanced structures including the subjunctive. Students deepen their knowledge of Francophone culture and develop more advanced conversational skills through reading and film. This course emphasizes continued development of proficiency in conversational and written expression. This is a year-long course.
French IV focuses on French literature and culture as a window into French language and culture. For each work that we encounter, we discuss the historical time period, learn vocabulary, analyze the characters and the development of the storyline in class discussion and in essays, as well as read critics’ opinions and extracts. The emphasis is on correct oral and written expression. In addition, we will review vocabulary and grammar as needed. This is a year-long course.
French V focuses on expanding proficiency in spoken and written French. Students read various genres in French—drama, short stories, poetry, prose—and discuss and write about the readings. We use the readings to engage in a deeper study of grammar including literary tenses, and to learn vocabulary. In addition, students read news stories from a variety of French language sources. This is a year-long course.
The objectives for Spanish I are broken into three categories: grammar, conversation and culture. Throughout the course of the year students learn a variety of vocabulary, with a focus on conversational Spanish. This vocabulary enables students to express ideas, emotions and opinions in the Spanish language. Additionally, students gain an understanding of cultural traditions and current events through presentations, readings, projects and videos. Finally, students develop skills in reading and writing Spanish expressions and paragraphs in a variety of tenses.
Spanish II reviews and builds on the concepts of Spanish I. The course is designed to improve the skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing by introducing new verb tenses, vocabulary and grammar structures. Emphasis is placed on learning about the culture and traditions of the Spanish speaking world, through presentations, readings, projects and videos. Throughout the year, students develop skills in reading and writing Spanish expressions and paragraphs in a variety of tenses.
In this course we continue to develop, apply and build on the grammatical concepts of Spanish I and II. Students review previously-learned concepts and supplement their knowledge with new grammatical structures and vocabulary. By the end of this course, students have an understanding of all of the commonly-used grammatical forms in the Spanish language, as well as an introduction to some of the various modes (Indicative, Subjunctive, Imperative, Infinitive). Through oral and written expression students are expected to demonstrate their ability to express themselves creatively in Spanish, using the appropriate conventions.
In this course we continue to develop and to apply the grammatical concepts of Spanish I-III. Students review previously-learned concepts, and supplement their knowledge with new grammatical structures, vocabulary, and an introduction to Hispanic Literature. By the end of this course, students have a strong understanding of all of the commonly-used grammatical forms in the Spanish language, including the various modes (Indicative, Subjunctive, Imperative, Infinitive.) Additionally, students will be comfortable reading, understanding, and discussing authentic literature samples. Through oral and written expression, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to express multiple ways of conveying their thoughts in Spanish.
In this course we learn to apply our knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language and culture by introducing students to the canon of Hispanic literature. We focus on short works of fiction by authors such as Cisernos, Matute, Quiroga, Cortázar, Borges, and García Márquez. In addition to reading and practicing the Spanish language, we develop and hone our abilities to analyze literature, as well as compose critical essays on the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students enrolled in Spanish V are expected to have a strong understanding of the concepts addressed in Spanish I-IV and a strong will to converse in Spanish in group discussions.