world language

  • The SMUHSD World Languages Department offers five language programs: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

    To graduate students are required to have at least one year of World Language study. However, most universities require a minimum of two to three years.  

    In all language programs, our goal is to support our students in reaching communicative proficiency across the three communicative modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Students will work with authentic materials and communicate in real life settings. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of our program, so that students will be well prepared to compete in our global economy. Students will develop an understanding of the target culture, connect with other disciplines, and compare their native language and culture to those being studied.

    California Standards in World Language  

    ACTFL - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: National Standards for Foreign Language Education

  • Chinese I Advanced Placement

    This course is designed to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture, in preparation for the Chinese I AP exam.

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  • Chinese III

    This is a continuation of Chinese II. In this course, students will further develop their communication skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Rigorous emphasis will be placed on students’ speaking and writing skills in Chinese and appreciation of Chinese culture. The instruction is conducted mostly in Chinese.

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  • French III

    This is a third-year French course in which students will continue to develop their proficiency in the language together with their understanding of Francophone culture. The course will help students develop the productive, receptive, and cultural skills useful in communicating with native speakers. Students will also be able to speak and write with more complexity, including conversations, journals, letters, interviews, and short essays.

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  • Italian I

    This is an introductory course in which students will begin to understand and convey information about themselves (physical and personality traits, likes and dislikes) and the world around them (family, home, school life, leisure activities, foods, shopping, numbers, means of transportation, destinations).  Students will comprehend and reproduce memorized words, phrases, and sentences when speaking or writing.  They will understand uncomplicated speech when listening and simple texts when reading.  In addition, students will start developing cross‐cultural appreciation by learning the products, practices, and perspectives of the Italian culture.

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  • Italian II

    This course is designed to build upon the skills already acquired in Level 1/2.   Students will begin to understand and convey information beyond themselves and their world (geography, directions, cultural and historical figures, places and events, health, travel and work, narrating events in the past and future).   Students will use and understand connected sentences and short paragraphs when speaking, reading and writing.  In addition, students will continue to develop cross‐cultural appreciation by learning the products, practices, and perspectives of the Italian culture.

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  • Italian III

    This course is designed to build upon the skills already acquired in LevelII.   At this level, students are asked to communicate using more complex language.  Students will begin to understand and convey information about art, history, literature, music, current affairs and civilization with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields.    Students will continue to use and understand connected sentences and short paragraphs when speaking, reading, and writing.  In addition, students will continue to develop cross‐cultural appreciation by learning the products, practices, and perspectives of the Italian culture. Cultural understanding will be expanded through the use of authentic sources (reading, video, audio, Internet).

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  • Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language and Culture

    AP Italian Language and Culture is similar to third year university courses that focus on advanced speaking and writing in Italian. The course is organized thematically, with authentic listening, reading, writing and speaking activities focusing on a unifying theme.  Grammar instruction is related to the theme as appropriate.  The class seeks to develop the language and cultural skills necessary to take the AP Italian Language and Culture exam, which students are expected to take in May.  

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  • Japanese I, II, III

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  • Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture

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  • Advanced Placement Spanish

    AP Spanish Language is the equivalent to a third year university Spanish course.  In this course students expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic content.  In addition, they strengthen their academic discourse and critical thinking skills through persuasive essays, analysis of text and recordings, formal correspondence, oral presentations, and structured class discussions.

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