Foreign Language (International Language)

Course Descriptions

  • Elective credit only; these do not fulfill a specific graduation requirement. Many colleges require foreign language in high school for admission. Check with the college of your choice. American Sign Language is considered a foreign language by some colleges and universities.

    French I
    Course #: HS0602
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Recommendation: Algebra I

    This class consists of basic skills in speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, writing and culture with an introduction to simple grammar.  Any student who has passed Level I of this class with a “B” or above during Level I, and who wishes to continue courses in the same language, will be required to enroll in Level II.


    German I
    Course #: HS0642
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course consists of basic skills in speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing. A verbal approach will be used as a foundation for learning German. Cultural aspects of German-speaking nations will be blended into the course where appropriate.


    Spanish I
    Course #: HS0606
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This class consists of basic skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and culture with an introduction to simple grammar. Any student who has passed level I of this class with a “B” or above during eighth grade, and who wishes to continue courses in the same language, will be required to enroll in level II for ninth grade. It is recommended that any 8th grader who finished this course with a grade of C or lower repeat Spanish.


    French II
    Course #: HS0606
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: French I

    This class is a continuation of study of the skills acquired in French I with an emphasis on writing and more complex grammar.


    German II
    Course #: HS0646
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: German I

    This course continues the studies and skills acquired in German I. Emphasis will be given to complex grammar points, advanced verbal skills and increased reading and writing ability as well as the cultural aspects of German speaking countries.


    Spanish II
    Course #: HS0626
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Spanish II

    This class is a continuation of study of the skills acquired in Spanish I with an emphasis on writing and more complex grammar.


    Spanish III
    Course #: HS0630
    Grade: 0-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Spanish I

    This class is designed for those students who wish to continue their study of the Spanish language. Emphasis is on increased verbal skill, more complex grammar, expanded vocabulary, and increased ability in reading and writing.


    French III/UMKC French 110-120**
    Course #: HS0608
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Dual Credit: 3 hours per semester of credit (UMKC 110 Sem. 1 and UMKC 120 Sem. 2) may be earned by students who successfully complete the UMKC course requirements outlined in the instructor’s syllabus and the university catalog. Grades are recorded on the student’s UM system transcript. UMKC will direct bill at reduced rates
    Prerequisite: French II; if taking for dual credit must meet UMKC dual credit requirements

    This class is designed for students who wish to continue their study of the French language and focus on their ability to speak and understand simple (spoken) French as well as to read and write simple prose. Emphasis is on increased verbal skill, more complex grammar, expanded vocabulary, and increased ability in reading and writing. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Students may earn 3 hours of college credit per semester if they meet UMKC prerequisites. A UMKC fee is required if this course is taken for college credit. 


    German III/UMKC German 110-120**
    Course #: HS0651
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Dual Credit:
    3 hours per semester of credit (German 110 first semester and German 120 second semester) may be earned by students who successfully complete the UMKC course requirements as outlined in the instructor’s syllabus and the university catalogue. Grades are recorded on the student’s UM system transcript. UMKC will direct bill at reduced rates or provide tuition assistance to concurrently enrolled students
    Prerequisite: German II; if taking for dual credit must meet UMKC dual credit requirements
    Recommendation: Minimum grade of C in prerequisite course or proficiency assessment

    This course continues to develop all four language skills (to read and write in simple prose as well as listen, understand, and speak simple discourse) in German.  Students will learn expanded structures of German grammar and increase their ability using these structures communicatively by talking in class and through short writing assignments. Students will also learn about German culture and history through readings and class discussions. Students will be introduced to German literature and will watch a German feature film. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. 


    Advanced Spanish Literature, Composition & Conversation
    Course #: HS0639
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Prerequisite: Spanish III

    This class will be a continuation of Spanish for those students who are more serious language students. The class will center on literature, including poetry, drama, short stories, and excerpts of novels. The students will work on skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Spanish. 


    Pre-AP Spanish
    Course #: HS0636
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Prerequisite: Spanish III
    Recommendation: Teache recommendation

    This course is designed for those students with a strong background in Spanish. This rapidly paced course will prepare students for the rigors of AP Spanish. It is designed to review and build on grammatical points as tested on the AP Spanish exam. The course will also provide opportunities to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. One honor point may be earned for the successful completion of this full-year course at the end of the year.


    AP Spanish**
    Course #: HS0634
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Prerequisite: Spanish III

    A thorough language review course for upper level Spanish students preparing to take the college AP examination. Emphasis is placed on the practice of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish as tested in the AP examination. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    French IV/UMKC French 211-221**
    Course #: HS0612
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Dual Credit: 3 hours per semester of credit (UMKC 211 first semester and UMKC 221 second semester) may be earned by students who successfully complete the UMKC course. Grades will be recorded on the student’s UM system transcript. UMKC will direct bill at reduced rates
    Prerequisite: French III; completion of UMKC French 110-120, if taking for dual credit must meet UMKC dual credit requirements

    Designed for students who wish to further develop their comprehensive and communicative skills in the language. Readings of moderate difficulty, grammar review and practice in writing are incorporated. The goal is attainment of intermediate proficiency in the language. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Students may earn 3 hours of college credit per semester if they meet UMKC prerequisites. A UMKC fee is required if this course is taken for college credit.


    German IV/UMKC German 211-221**
    Course #: HS0654
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Dual Credit:
     3 hours per semester of credit (German 110 first semester and German 120 second semester) may be earned by students who successfully complete the UMKC course requirements as outlined in the instructor’s syllabus and the university catalogue. Grades are recorded on the student’s UM system transcript. UMKC will direct bill at reduced rates or provide tuition assistance to concurrently enrolled students
    Prerequisite: German II; if taking for dual credit must meet UMKC dual credit requirements
    Recommendation: Minimum grade of C in prerequisite course or proficiency assessment

    This course is designed to be a thorough language review course for upper level German students. This course entails further development of comprehension and communicative skills, reading of moderate difficulty that increases student’s knowledge of German culture and history, grammar review, and practice in writing. All this will be obtained through the text, practices, and vocabulary in the textbook as well as additional materials. The goal is attainment of intermediate proficiency in the language and application of the newly learned concepts. An emphasis is also placed on the practice of reading, writing, listening and speaking in German. Students will write essays, a film journal, and read a classic German drama. Students in this course will participate in active discussions in German as much as possible. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.