Modern and Classical LanguagesThe Modern and Classical Languages Department at Wayland offers classes in Latin, German, and Spanish through the Advanced Placement level. When possible, students can also study classical Greek. Wayland language students are frequently able to practice their language skills through faculty supervised trips abroad during Spring Break. The goals of the department are to:
- develop the students’ powers of understanding a native (or standard dialect) speaking at natural speed
- develop students’ powers of oral expression using good accent and grammar
- develop students’ powers of written expression
- lead students to the appreciation of the literature in language other than English through the reading and critical analysis of selected literary works
- bring students into contact with ways of thought which differ from their own.
Modern and Classical Language Courses
German 1 CPThis course presents students with a complete scope of elementary grammar and useful vocabulary intended for practical application in conversation. All students learn to master the pronunciation of German and to overcome the fear of speaking freely and openly in the classroom. The first year is the beginning of thinking totally in German.
German 2 HThis course continues the process of grammar and vocabulary acquisition begun in German 1. German 1 is a prerequisite for this course.
German 3 HThis course reduces the intensity of grammar study and focuses on vocabulary growth and writing skills. Clarity and accuracy in summary writing are an integral part of this course, The confidence with which students now approach German has become part of their academic consciousness, to the degree that German can now be treated not merely on a word order and phrase basis. German 2 is a prerequisite for this course.
German 4 HThis course has as its main point of concentration extensive reading and vocabulary growth. In addition to completing a thorough review of grammar topics from German 1 – 3, students concentrate on the accurate application of proper usage in writing and conversation. At this point, the student is indeed capable of making the transition to an upper-level course in German on the university level. German 3 is a prerequisite for this course.
German 5 HThis course and Advanced Placement German Language are available to students possessing ability and desiring to think and communicate in German in a profound manner. Readings from Der Spiegel, historical, and literary texts compose the core of the program. Extensive reading and the presentation of such in oral reports and in written documentation facilitate a deep awareness of German. German 4 is a prerequisite for this course.
Advanced Placement German 5Advanced Placement German Language are available to students possessing ability and desiring to think and communicate in German in a profound manner. Readings from Der Spiegel, historical, and literary texts compose the core of the program. Extensive reading and the presentation of such in oral reports and in written documentation facilitate a deep awareness of German. German 4 is a prerequisite for this course.
Spanish 1 CPIn this course students acquire language using a method of instruction called TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). Students acquire language through comprehensible input. Students will learn vocabulary through stories, mini- stories, personalized mini-situations, and personalized questions and answers, so that input is varied, frequent, contextualized and comprehensible. Grammar is presented with its meaning rather than the traditional rules. Students will read two novels that were created for beginning language learners. Students will improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as the year progresses. Culture will be presented within the context of stories.
Spanish 2 CP and HIn this course students continue to acquire using the TPRS method begun in the first year. Vocabulary and grammar continue to build through repetitive comprehensible input. This continues to be done through the building of stories, reading and writing. There is considerable discussion of the readings in order to provide interesting and repetitive comprehensible input in the acquisition process. Spanish 1 or consent of instructor are a prerequisite for this course.
Spanish 3 CP and HIn this course students continue to acquire using the TPRS method continued in the second year. Vocabulary and grammar continue to build through repetitive comprehensible input. More traditional treatment of grammar rules is incorporated at this level. Spanish 2 is a prerequisite for this course.
Spanish 4 HIn this course students continue to acquire using the TPRS method continued in the third year. Vocabulary and grammar continue to build through repetitive comprehensible input. Traditional treatment of grammar rules continues to accompany the other techniques of TPRS. Spanish 3 is a prerequisite for this course.
Spanish 5 HIn this course students will explore language and culture through readings, classroom discussion and research. The students will continue to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Spanish 4 is a prerequisite for this course.
Latin 1 CP/1HThe class is designed to help students to learn Latin, form a deeper understanding of the Classical past, and improve their language skills in English. Students learn to read, translate, contextualize, and analyze the Latin language. They read and compose in Latin in order to practice their grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. To gain some knowledge of the lives of the ancient Romans, students read culture, history, and mythology texts in English. To develop an improved English vocabulary, students study Latin and Greek bases, prefixes, and suffixes.
Latin 2 HStudents complete their “textbook” Latin in the first semester and thereafter practice their reading, translation, and analysis skills through un-adapted Latin literature. The study of culture, history, and mythology continues both with primary and secondary readings. Latin 1 is a prerequisite for this course.
Latin 3H/4H/AP/CISStudents continue to read unadapted Latin to solidify their skills. Cultural material is covered through readings both primary and secondary, class discussions, and various projects and papers. Consent of the instructor is a prerequisite for this course.
Not offered this semester, but coming soon...