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World Languages

The World Languages department at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School emphasizes the importance of language both as a medium of communication and as a means of gaining understanding of the customs, thoughts, and beliefs of the people who speak it. Opening the window of fluency permits us to appreciate the ideas and culture of other people. Proficiency in a foreign language is a valuable practical tool in this era of facile global telecommunications. Fluency in the written and spoken word is a powerful survival tool and our goal is to provide this tool to our students. 

The methodology of teaching in the department is audio-lingual, and the teachers attempt to communicate with the students almost exclusively in the target language. We encourage the creative use of the language. A “no-fault” approach is utilized in the early curriculum. Students converse without worrying about their conversations being micro-dissected for errors. In this way, they become comfortable in the initial stages of mastery in oral recitation.

Each of our courses places emphasis on the acquisition of appropriate levels of excellence in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. We offer a diversity of experience in the literature of the target languages. Readings are drawn from literary (stories, essays and novels) and non-literary texts (articles).

We encourage our students to become proficient in all aspects of communication of the specific language studied. The goal of the faculty is to accomplish this purpose with a curriculum that is progressively more challenging with each additional year of study.

 
101 French I
Students in French I begin to develop proficiency in listening and speaking the French language. Proper pronunciation is emphasized and students engage in simple conversations. There is extensive emphasis on vocabulary acquisition. Basic grammatical structures are learned and gradually, with the use of authentic materials, they develop the necessary skills for effective and accurate written communication. The culture and civilization of the French-speaking world is explored.
 
101 Spanish I
Students in Spanish I begin to develop proficiency in listening and speaking the Spanish language. Proper pronunciation is emphasized and students engage in simple conversations. There is extensive emphasis on vocabulary acquisition. Basic grammatical structures are learned and gradually, with the use of authentic materials, they develop the necessary skills for effective and accurate written communication. The culture and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world is explored.
 
201 French II
All students who have successfully completed French 1 are eligible to take this course which is designed to reflect the main thrust of foreign language instruction: communication. This is effectuated by the continued concentration on the four areas of French language mastery: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The teaching of French II is thematic: vocabulary is introduced in manageable amounts and in meaningful contexts. In addition, one of the foremost goals of students enrolled in this course is to be able to function effectively with the spoken language and to hone their listening comprehension skills. The students further develop their knowledge of the culture and civilization of the French-speaking world.
 
201 Spanish II
All students who have successfully completed Spanish I are eligible to take this course which is designed to reflect the main thrust of foreign language instruction: communication. This is effectuated by the continued concentration on the four areas of Spanish language mastery: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The teaching of Spanish II is thematic: vocabulary is introduced in manageable amounts and in meaningful contexts. In addition, one of the foremost goals of students enrolled in this course is to be able to function effectively with the spoken language and to hone their listening comprehension skills. The students further develop their knowledge of the culture and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world.
 
301 French III
The students continue to develop the four basic language proficiencies in a communicative setting. Emphasis continues to be on the acquisition of an extensive active vocabulary that will enable them to communicate in a wide variety of real-life situations. French language skills are enhanced by written application and reading and writing abilities are polished. Maximum communicative practice is afforded the student with additional concentration on listening skills. French newspapers, short stories and films are presented to stimulate discussion and reading comprehension. 
 
301 Spanish III
The students continue to develop the four basic language proficiencies in a communicative setting. Emphasis continues to be on the acquisition of an extensive active vocabulary that will enable them to communicate in a wide variety of real-life situations. Spanish language skills are enhanced by written application and reading and writing abilities are polished. Maximum communicative practice is afforded the student with additional concentration on listening skills. Spanish newspapers, short stories and films are presented to stimulate discussion and reading comprehension. Those students wishing to enroll can take this course for college credit from Adelphi University. Three college credits may be earned. (Adelphi Spanish 121)
 
401 French IV
The students enrolled in this course master topical vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and practical expressions on an advanced level. They discuss a variety of contemporary themes gathered from authentic materials, including novels, films, short stories, articles and newspapers. Literary vocabulary is acquired.This course emphasizes aural comprehension and oral proficiency.
 
401 Spanish IV
The students enrolled in this course master topical vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and practical expressions on an advanced level. They discuss a variety of contemporary themes gathered from authentic materials, including novels, films, short stories, articles and newspapers. Literary vocabulary is acquired.This course emphasizes aural comprehension and oral proficiency. Those students wishing to enroll can take this course for college credit from Adelphi University. Three college credits may be earned. (Adelphi Spanish 122)
 
601 Spanish V

A communicative approach of Spanish language mastery will be continued including in-depth literary analysis and essay and paragraph writing. The students will acquire more advanced communicative skills in multiple tenses with an extensive vocabulary base with increased synonym and antonym acquisition. Cultural information will be accessed and discussed, Spanish newspaper will be read read weekly and novels, essays and poetry will be studied. These students will be eligible for the A.P. Spanish Language exam, as well as for Adelphi University college credits upon completion of the course. 

Mandarin I
The goals for the students enrolled in this Mandarin 1 class is to have learners who are able to speak and understand basic Chinese conversation through Chinese language teaching, textbooks, rhythms/songs/chants, situational dialogue and Online Resources in a fun, happy and easy atmosphere and methods to learn Mandarin effectively. 

Each lesson includes: Basic Vocabulary and grammar (ChineseLink) and Conversation (Rhythms)

(Click HERE for photos and info about the 2019 field trip)

Business Mandarin

This Business Mandarin class facilitates students toward better communication in the Business Chinese speaking world. The goals include gaining a better understanding of Chinese business culture, learning how to use common Chinese Business terminology, advance capabilities and expand influence by learning to communicate in basic conversations, and Chinese etiquette for business and for better understanding in cross-cultural communication and perspective. 

Each lesson is intended to offer up-to-date information and interesting material for beginners to get into China's business world. Students will learn to apply general language learning principles in an attempt to improve the business Chinese proficiency and inter-cultural business communication.

 

Debra Robbins
Chairperson of the Foreign Language Department, Director of Academic Advisement, Advisor of National Honor Society
drobbins@nshahs.org
Doris Davis
Instructor of Foreign Language
ddavis@nshahs.org
Yiota Nikolaou
Instructor of Foreign Language, Dean Class of 2323 (A - I)
 
Joy Yen
Instructor of Mandarin, Business Mandarin
jyen@nshahs.org