2017 - 2018 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 be taken in sequential order.  The prerequisite for all courses, except 1A, is successful completion of the preceding course. Two credits in a world language or 2 credits in 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. 

1589 /1590Arabic 1 A/B
1611 /1621French 1 A/B
1711 /1721Spanish 1 A/B
1831 /1832Japanese 1 A/B
1851 /1852Russian 1 A/B
1871 /1872Chinese 1 A/B
1961 /1971German 1 A/B
1981 /1982Italian 1 A/B

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.

1591 /1592Arabic 2 A/B
1612 /1622French 2 A/B
1712 /1722Spanish 2 A/B
1833 /1834Japanese 2 A/B
1853 /1854Russian 2 A/B
1873 /1874Chinese 2 A/B
1962 /1972German 2 A/B
1983 /1984Italian 2 A/B

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.

1613 /1623French 3 A/B
1633 /1643French 3, Honors A/B
1713 /1723Spanish 3 A/B
1733 /1743Spanish 3, Honors A/B
1835 /1836Japanese 3 A/B
1839 /1840Japanese 3, Honors A/B
1846 /1847Russian 3, Honors A/B
1855 /1856Russian 3 A/B
1875 /1876Chinese 3 A/B
1899 /1900Arabic 3 A/B
1925 /1926Chinese 3, Honors A/B
1963 /1973German 3 A/B
1977 /1979German 3, Honors A/B
1985 /1986Italian 3 A/B
1989 /1990Italian 3, Honors A/B

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.

1614 /1624French 4 A/B
1634 /1644French 4, Honors A/B
1714 /1724Spanish 4 A/B
1734 /1744Spanish 4, Honors A/B
1837 /1838Japanese 4 A/B
1841 /1842Japanese 4, Honors A/B
1848 /1849Russian 4, Honors A/B
1857 /1858Russian 4 A/B
1877 /1878Chinese 4 A/B
1927 /1928Chinese 4, Honors A/B
1964 /1974German 4 A/B
1978 /1980German 4, Honors A/B
1987 /1988Italian 4 A/B
1991 /1992Italian 4, Honors A/B

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.

1615 /1625French 5 A/B
1715 /1725Spanish 5 A/B
1794 /1795Italian 5 A/B
1843 /1844Japanese 5 A/B
1859 /1860Russian 5 A/B
1879 /1880Chinese 5 A/B
1965 /1975German 5 A/B

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.

1616 /1626French 6 A/B
1716 /1726Spanish 6 A/B
1829 /1830Japanese 6 A/B
1861 /1862Russian 6 A/B
1881 /1882Chinese 6 A/B
1966 /1976German 6 A/B

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.

1539 /1540Japanese Language and Culture, Advanced Placement A/B
1635 /1636French Language and Culture, Advanced Placement A/B
1759 /1760Spanish Language, Advanced Placement A/B
1761 /1762Spanish Literature, Advanced Placement A/B
1929 /1930Chinese Language and Culture, Advanced Placement A/B
1945 /1946Italian Language and Culture, Advanced Placement A/B

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.

1777 /1778Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 A/B
1779 /1780Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 A/B
1781 /1782Spanish for Spanish Speakers 3 A/B

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.

1811 /1821Latin 1 A/B
1812 /1822Latin 2 A/B
1813 /1823Latin 3 A/B
1814 /1824Latin 4 A/B
1815 /1825Latin 3, Honors A/B
1816 /1826Latin 4, Honors A/B
1819 /1820Latin, Vergil, Advanced Placement A/B

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.

1593 /1594American Sign Language 2 A/B
1596 /1597American Sign Language 1 A/B

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.

1609 /1610MCPSPIB French 2A/B
1617 /1618MCPSPIB French 3 A/B
1619 /1620IB French 4 A/B
1627 /1628IB French 5 A/B
1629 /1630IB French 6 A/B
1647 /1648MCPSPIB Chinese 2A/B
1649 /1650MCPSPIB Chinese 3A/B
1651 /1652IB Chinese 4 A/B
1653 /1654IB Chinese 5 A/B
1655 /1656IB Chinese 6 A/B
1657 /1661IB Chinese 7A/B
1658 /1662IB French 7A/B
1660 /1664IB Spanish 7A/B
1717 /1718MCPSPIB Spanish 3A/B
1749 /1750MCPSPIB Spanish 2A/B
1751 /1752IB Spanish 4 A/B
1753 /1754IB Spanish 5 A/B
1755 /1756IB Spanish 6 A/B
1788 /1789IB Italian 5 A/B
1790 /1791IB Italian 6 A/B
1797 /1798IB ARABIC 3 A/B
1799 /1800IB ARABIC 4 A/B
1863 /1864IB Russian 3 A/B
1865 /1866IB Russian 4 A/B
1884 /1885IB Chinese 3 A/B
1888 /1889IB ITALIAN 4A
1909 /1910IB JAPANESE 3A
1939 /1940IB JAPANESE 4A