2021 - 2022 MCPS High School Course Bulletin

World Languages

The goal of the world languages program is to prepare students to be linguistically and culturally competent in languages other than English. The ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate manner with speakers of other languages is the key to success in the increasingly diverse global community of the 21st century. As students develop proficiency in world languages and an understanding of the underlying values and beliefs of other cultures, they gain the skills that are essential to meaningful communication. World languages courses must betaken in sequential order. The prerequisite for all courses, except 1 A, is either successful completion of the preceding course or a local placement test.

MARYLAND SEAL OF BILITERACY

High school graduates who can function in two or more languages are equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, careers, and a diverse 21st century society. The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy is a diploma endorsement, authorized by Maryland law, that recognizes a student’s high-level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages other than English. To receive a Maryland Seal of Biliteracy, a student must do the following:

   Pass the Maryland High School Assessment in English 10; AND

   Demonstrate Intermediate high proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English, as measured by assessments that are aligned to ACTFL(The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines.

For more information about the approved assessments, please visit the website:
http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DCAA/World-Languages/Biliteracy/index.aspx

Two credits in a world language, which may include American Sign Language, may be used to complete Option 1 of elective credits required for graduation. If students select a world language to fulfill the Maryland diploma requirements, it is recommended that the two world language credits be in the same language.

World Languages Level 1

Students begin to learn to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about topics related to daily life. They interpret basic information when listening and reading.  Vocabulary and basic grammatical structures are taught within the context of these familiar topics.  Culture is embedded throughout the course. 

WLG2011A / WLG2011BArabic 1A
WLG2021A / WLG2021BChinese 1A
WLG2041A / WLG2041BFrench 1A
WLG2061A / WLG2061BGerman 1A
WLG2071A / WLG2071BItalian 1A
WLG2081A / WLG2081BJapanese 1A
WLG2121A / WLG2121BRussian 1A
WLG2131A / WLG2131BSpanish 1A

World Languages Level 2

Students expand their ability to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about topics related to daily life.  They interpret information when listening and reading.  Vocabulary and grammatical structures are taught within the context of these topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

WLG2012A / WLG2012BArabic 2A
WLG2022A / WLG2022BChinese 2A
WLG2042A / WLG2042BFrench 2A
WLG2062A / WLG2062BGerman 2A
WLG2072A / WLG2072BItalian 2A
WLG2082A / WLG2082BJapanese 2A
WLG2122A / WLG2122BRussian 2A
WLG2132A / WLG2132BSpanish 2A

World Languages Level 3

Students continue to expand their ability to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about a variety of familiar topics.  They interpret detailed information when listening and reading.  Vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures are taught within the context of these topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

WLG2013A / WLG2013BArabic 3A
WLG2023A / WLG2023BChinese 3A
WLG2028A / WLG2028BChinese 3A, Honors
WLG2043A / WLG2043BFrench 3A
WLG2048A / WLG2048BFrench 3A, Honors
WLG2063A / WLG2063BGerman 3A
WLG2067A / WLG2067BGerman 3A, Honors
WLG2073A / WLG2073BItalian 3A
WLG2076A / WLG2076B Italian 3A, Honors
WLG2083A / WLG2083BJapanese 3A
WLG2088A / WLG2088B Japanese 3A, Honors
WLG2123A / WLG2123BRussian 3A
WLG2127A / WLG2127BRussian 3A, Honors
WLG2133A / WLG2133BSpanish 3A
WLG2138A / WLG2138BSpanish 3A, Honors

World Languages Level 4

Students communicate orally and in writing with increased proficiency in a culturally appropriate manner about a range of topics.  They interpret detailed and extended information when listening and reading.  Vocabulary and complex linguistic structures are taught within the context of these topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

WLG2014A / WLG2014BArabic 4A
WLG2024A / WLG2024BChinese 4A
WLG2029A / WLG2029B Chinese 4A, Honors
WLG2044A / WLG2044BFrench 4A
WLG2049A / WLG2049BFrench 4A, Honors
WLG2064A / WLG2064BGerman 4A
WLG2068A / WLG2068BGerman 4A, Honors
WLG2074A / WLG2074BItalian 4A
WLG2077A / WLG2077BItalian 4A,Honors
WLG2084A / WLG2084BJapanese 4A
WLG2089A / WLG2089B Japanese 4A, Honors
WLG2124A / WLG2124BRussian 4A
WLG2128A / WLG2128BRussian 4A, Honors
WLG2134A / WLG2134BSpanish 4A
WLG2139A / WLG2139B Spanish 4A, Honors

World Languages Level 5

Students continue to increase their proficiency in communicating orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about a broad range of topics.  They interpret complex information when listening and reading.  Vocabulary and a variety of complex linguistic structures are taught within the context of these topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

WLG2025A / WLG2025BChinese 5A
WLG2045A / WLG2045BFrench 5A
WLG2065A / WLG2065BGerman 5A
WLG2075A / WLG2075BItalian 5A
WLG2085A / WLG2085BJapanese 5A
WLG2125A / WLG2125BRussian 5A
WLG2135A / WLG2135BSpanish 5A

World Languages Level 6

Students communicate at a high level of proficiency orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about a broad range of topics.  They interpret complex information when listening and reading.  Vocabulary and a variety of complex linguistic structures are taught within the context of these topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

WLG2026A / WLG2026BChinese 6A
WLG2046A / WLG2046BFrench 6A
WLG2066A / WLG2066BGerman 6A
WLG2086A / WLG2086BJapanese 6A
WLG2126A / WLG2126BRussian 6A
WLG2136A / WLG2136BSpanish 6A

Advanced Placement World Languages

These courses are for world languages students interested in college-level work. The courses link language and culture while developing students' proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Students read, discuss, and react to a variety of texts orally and in writing in preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination.

WLG2038A / WLG2038BAP Chinese LC A
WLG2057A / WLG2057BAP French LC A
WLG2078A / WLG2078BAP Italian LC A
WLG2090AP Japanese LC A
WLG2152A / WLG2152BAP Spanish LC A
WLG2153A / WLG2153BAP Spanish Literature A

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Spanish for Spanish Speakers provides language instruction for students with proficiency in Spanish, either because it is their first language or is spoken extensively in the home.  Each course integrates history, culture, language, and connections related to the Spanish-speaking world.
Spanish for Spanish Speakers 3 is an advanced-level course designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language or Advanced Placement Spanish Literature exam.

WLG2141A / WLG2141BSpanish For Spanish Speakers 1A
WLG2142A / WLG2142BSpanish For Spanish Speakers 2A
WLG2143A / WLG2143BSpanish For Spanish Speakers 3A

Latin

As students progress through the sequence of Latin courses, they build a foundation of Latin vocabulary and grammar.  They study aspects of Roman life and history and the works of major authors such as Cicero, Pliny, Horace, Ovid, Tibullus, or Plautus. In preparation for the AP Vergil exam, students translate the Aeneid from Latin into English, analyzing Vergil's style as well as studying the cultural, social, and political context of the literature.

WLG2017A / WLG2017BLatin 4A, Honors
WLG2018A / WLG2018BAP Latin A
WLG2101A / WLG2101BLatin 1A
WLG2102A / WLG2102BLatin 2A
WLG2103A / WLG2103BLatin 3A
WLG2104A / WLG2104BLatin 4A
WLG2106A / WLG2106BLatin 3A, Honors

American Sign Language

Students use American Sign Language to communicate about daily life with basic vocabulary and simple grammatical structures. They explore the cultural and linguistic heritage of the Deaf community and its influence.

WLG2001A / WLG2001BAmerican Sign Lang 1A
WLG2002A / WLG2002BAmerican Sign Lang 2A
WLG2003A / WLG2003BAmerican Sign Lang 3A

International Baccalaureate (IB) World Languages Courses

Level 2
Students receive intensive training in the basic foundations of the language to develop proficiency in both oral and written expression at the appropriate level.  Students master the MCPS Level 2 modern world language curriculum and study the literature, culture, and civilization of countries where the target language is spoken.
Level 3
Students develop higher-level language skills and vocabulary needed for increased proficiency in oral and written expression, listening, and reading comprehension.  Students master the MCPS Level 3 modern world language curriculum; are introduced to literary analysis; and study the literature, culture, history, and current events in countries where the target language is spoken. 
Level 4
IB Level 4 world language courses comprise the first year of a two-year sequence to prepare students for the standard-level IB world language exam.  Students strengthen their knowledge and fluency in oral and written language and broaden their understanding of culture and civilization.  Composition objectives for specific writing assignments are correlated with literature, culture, and civilization topics.
Level 5
Students complete their preparation for the standard-level IB and the Advanced Placement world language exams.  Emphasis is placed on reading comprehension, interpretation, analysis, and oral proficiency.  Students analyze a wide variety of spoken and written materials and life and civilization in pertinent countries. 
Level 6
Instruction in IB Level 6 world language courses emphasizes critical analysis of the structural and stylistic characteristics of works, composing well-constructed extended essays, oral proficiency at the near-native level, and continued in-depth study of the life and civilization of pertinent countries.  Students are prepared for the higher-level IB exam.
Level 7
Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills in preparation for the IB higher level language examination.

WLG2201A / WLG2201BIB Arabic 3 A
WLG2202A / WLG2202BIB Arabic 4A
WLG2203A / WLG2203BIB Chinese 3A
WLG2204A / WLG2204BIB Chinese 4A
WLG2205A / WLG2205BIB Chinese 5A
WLG2206A / WLG2206BIB Chinese 6A
WLG2207A / WLG2207BIB Chinese 7A
WLG2208A / WLG2208BIB French 4A
WLG2209A / WLG2209BIB French 5A
WLG2210A / WLG2210BIB French 6A
WLG2211A / WLG2211BIB French 7A
WLG2216A / WLG2216BIB Italian 4A
WLG2217A / WLG2217BIB Italian 5A
WLG2218A / WLG2218BIB Italian 6A
WLG2220A / WLG2220BIB Japanese 3A
WLG2221A / WLG2221BIB Japanese 4A
WLG2224A / WLG2224BIB Russian 3A
WLG2225A / WLG2225BIB Russian 4A
WLG2226A / WLG2226BIB Spanish 4A
WLG2227A / WLG2227BIB Spanish 5A
WLG2228A / WLG2228BIB Spanish 6A
WLG2229A / WLG2229BIB Spanish 7A
WLG2251A / WLG2251BMCPSPIB Chinese 2A
WLG2252A / WLG2252BMCPSPIB Chinese 3A
WLG2257A / WLG2257BMCPSPIB French 2A
WLG2258A / WLG2258BMCPSPIB French 3A
WLG2266A / WLG2266BMCPSPIB Spanish 2A
WLG2267A / WLG2267BMCPSPIB Spanish 3A