Foreign Languages


Beginner Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades K–2

Students are introduced to the Spanish language.  The student will learn Spanish through a variety of games, songs, and drills.  The child will learn basic vocabulary, including numbers, colors, family, food, greetings, and clothing.  Textbook:  The teacher will be writing her own textbook for this class.  It will be available at the HERO Open House.


Beginner Spanish - Instructor: - Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 3-6

After students have learned the alphabet, numbers and colors, they will be taught basic phrases and everyday vocabulary.  They will learn the months of the year, the days of the week, the names of the family members, names for household items, clothing, food, animals, and seasons. They will learn basic conversational skills. Textbook: Teacher worksheet booklet.  Cost: $10. This will be available at HERO for purchase.


Beginner Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 7-12

This class is for a student with little or no experience.  The student will learn a variety of basic vocabulary.  Some grammatical concepts include: present tense regular verbs, adjective agreement, definite and indefinite articles, the verbs "ser" and "estar", and more.  Conversation will be practiced weekly.  By the end of the year, the student will also be reading basic stories in Spanish. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 1, Third Edition and Spanish is Fun, Book 1 Workbook.  This will be available for purchase at HERO.


Intermediate Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 3-6

In Intermediate Spanish, the student should have mastered basic vocabulary such as numbers, colors, animals, foods, etc. before entering this class. Grammar will be introduced, along with expanding vocabulary and conversation.  We will learn through book, conversation, games, skits, music, etc.  Textbook: Teacher worksheet booklet. Cost: $10.


Intermediate Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 7-12

The student should know the concepts taught in Beginning Spanish.  We will continue to expand vocabulary, reading skills, and conversation.  Some grammatical concepts include: Irregular and stem change present tense verbs, the past tenses: preterite and imperfect, demonstrative pronouns, and more. Students will expand their vocabulary, do oral drills; learn the verb tenses, common phases, and written expressions. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 1, Third Edition and Spanish is Fun, Book 1 Workbook  and Pobre Ana (reader).  Students will be doing the second half of this book.  First part of the book was completed in Beginning Spanish.  Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.


Advanced Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 1-3

Class description is coming.


Advanced Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 3-6

The student will continue to expand their vocabulary.  The will continue with basic grammatical skills.  The student will  write a journal weekly.  Conversational skills will expand as well.  Textbook:  Spanish is Fun Book A (R529S).  Textbook will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.


Advanced Accelerated Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 5-6

They will need to purchase the Spanish is Fun Book A (R529S) and the corresponding workbook fo Spanish is Fun Book A (R529W)


Advanced Spanish I - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 9-12

This is the third level Spanish.  Students must know the present, preterite and imperfect tenses.  Students will continue to expand their vocabulary, reading skills, and conversation.  Some grammatical concepts to be learned include: mastery of irregular past tense verbs, the future tense, among other tenses. Students will learn and practice verb conjunctions; work on oral and written exercises and dialogs.  Independent reading outside of class time will be required. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 2, text (R325P) and workbook (R325W) through Amsco  These can be purchased at HERO.


Conversational Spanish/Advanced Spanish II - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 9-12

Prerequisite- Adv Spanish I or equivalent
Text:  AdConversaciones contigo by Robert CabatBook Price: 12.00        ISBN: 978-1-56765-807

Purpose: Conversaciones contigo (Conversations with You) is a comprehensive text that emphasizes speaking, the language skill that many students prefer the most and many teachers find most challenging to develop effectively. It also provides for ample practice in reading, writing, and listening. Conversaciones contigo can be used as a basic text in middle school, high school, and even for adult education. Teachers can use the book as a standalone or as a supplement to basic texts on Levels I and II.

Features: Each chapter contains the following:

  • Vocabulary list introduces the target words, expressions, and structural elements of the chapter. (See pages 1, 12, 26)
  • A theme-oriented conversation incorporating the words, expressions and structural elements. This conversation is presented in “script” form and is structured so that students join the conversation with personalized responses. (See pages 1, 12, 26)
  • A supplementary vocabulary list (See pages 2, 13, 27)
  • Various communicative exercises based on the conversation review the target vocabulary and structures while giving students the opportunity to develop their writing and oral skills. Among these, a dialog completion in which students are prompted to respond to lines thematically linked to the chapter’s conversation (See pages 4-5, 17, 32); Actividad, a suggested project for individuals or groups that relates to the chapter’s theme (See pages 5, 18, 45); and Español Práctico, where students are asked to interpret primary source material (realia) in Spanish that relates to the chapter’s theme. (See pages 5, 18, 45)
  • Language Structure, a brief and simple explanation of the target grammatical structure(s). (See pages 6, 18, 33)
  • Pattern Drills, exercises of increasing difficulty based on the target structure(s). (See pages 7, 20, 34)
  • Refrán, a popular proverb in Spanish that relates to the chapter’s theme. (See pages 11, 25, 38)

Summary: Conversaciones contigo is a comprehensive text that emphasizes speaking Spanish while providing ample opportunity to drill listening, reading, and writing skills. It may be used as both a textbook or a supplement; and its thematic content is wide enough to make it appropriate for young and adult students of Spanish.


Latin I - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 8-12

Our text will be Lingua Latina per Se Illustrata, Pars I , by Hans Oerberg.  Using this text, they will be learning Latin mainly through the reading of it - the students will be reading Latin in the very first class.  Required materials: a) Workbook, which can be purchased at HERO (Lingua Latina Exercitia Latina;  b) textbook, which can be purchased at HERO (ISBN: 978-1-58510-238-9.

 It is expected that students will invest 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week in their Latin studies, read from the text, and complete exercise in the workbooks, as well as memorize Latin vocabulary, expression and scripture verses.


Latin  II - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 9-12

Due to low enrollment this class will not be offered first semester 2015-2016..

Latin II will be a continuation of the Lingua Latina textbook and workbook.

Pre-requisite for Latin II is Latin I. 


Aristotelian Rhetoric - Instructor: Mrs. Beale - Grade 7-12

Rhetoric textbook will be The Power of Persuation by Peter D. Roise.  The book can be purchased at HERO.  The class will be reading 1 chapter each week and completing Exercises at the end of each chapter. The textbook is based on Rhetorica by Aristotle, and Rhetorica Ad Herennium by Herennium.

Rhetoric is the art and science of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speaker that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situation.  As a subject of formal study and a productive civic practice, rhetoric has played a central role in the Western tradition.  Its best known definition comes from Aristotle, who considers it a counterpart of both logic and politics, and calls it "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."


ASL 1 - CLASS DESCRIPTIONS - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 4-6

Course Description:  This 2-semester American Sign Language course is designed to introduce students to the basics of this beautiful language and the culture it comes from. The environment of the class is designed to be both fun and educational. The class will focus mainly on vocabulary and on the mechanics of communicating manually instead of verbally. Some specific areas covered include fingerspelling, numbers, and verbs.

Throughout the entire class students will also learn about the culture of the American Deaf community. Songs and games will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students constantly review and practice what they have learned. The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters.

Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students. This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

 Textbooks: 
-Sign Language for Kids by Lora Heller     ISBN: 978-1402706721
-Teacher Handouts

Both books are available through the HERO bookstore.

Online Resources: Access to internet is helpful but not required for students.

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)


ASL 1  - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 7-12

Course Description: This 2-semester American Sign Language course is designed to introduce students to the basics of this beautiful language and the culture that created it. The environment of the class is designed to be both fun and educational. The class will focus mainly on vocabulary and on the mechanics of communicating manually instead of verbally. Some specific areas covered include fingerspelling, numbers, and verbs.

Throughout the entire class students will also learn about the culture of the American Deaf community. Songs and games will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students constantly review and practice what they have learned.

The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters. Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students. This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

Textbooks:

-A Basic Course in American Sign Language by Humphries, Padden, and O’Rourke

ISBN: 978-0932666420 (spiral bound recommended)   

-Teacher Handouts

Both books are available through the HERO bookstore

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)


ASL 2    - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 7-12

Designed to build off the ASL 1 (7-12th grade) class offered through HERO, this 2-semester ASL course uses the vernacular, mechanical, and cultural knowledge of the students to begin developing the sentence structure and grammar of ASL. Through class discussion, homework assignments, videos, games, and music students will expand their knowledge and skills of this beautiful language.  Discussions will also delve more deeply into the culture of the Deaf Americans.

Schedule permitting, students will have the opportunity to practice their language skills with visits from members of the local Deaf community.  The class will include a midterm and final exam for both the fall and spring semesters.

Although the instructor is hearing classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students.  This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Mrs. Dagget’s ASL 1 course or had their signing personally assessed by Mrs. Daggett in order to attend the ASL 2 course.  This ensures that students contain the necessary foundation of vocabulary to further expand their signing skills. 

Textbooks:

-A Basic Course in American Sign Language by Humphries Padden, & O'Rourke

ISBN: 978-0932666420 (spiral bound recommended)

-The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conversational American Sign Language by Lazorisak & Donohue  

ISBN: 978-1-59257-255-7 plus teacher workbook

-Teacher Handouts

All three of these books are available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)


ASL 3  - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 8-12

ASL 3

Course Description: This 2-semester course is designed for students who have completed Mrs. Daggett’s ASL1 and ASL2 courses. It is intended for students who genuinely wish to develop and improve their signing skills, both production and comprehension. The class will provide students with a full-immersion, student-led language learning environment. Students will demonstrate and practice their language skills through multiple presentations involving music, personal stories, and poetry. Students will receive personalized feedback and critique to help them develop their skills further. Students will perform as a class at the Mall of America Christmas performance* and at the Spring Talent Show**. Schedule permitting, class will include visits from members of the local Deaf community.

Textbook: NONE

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice) 

*Dependent on HERO’s selection to perform

**Dependent on space in the roster

 

 


Conversational ASL - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett  - Grades 4-12

Course Description: This American Sign Language course is designed to provide an environment of full immersion into the language of ASL. It is highly recommended that students taking ASL2 take this class as an opportunity for additional practice. Students who have taken ASL classes in the past and wish to brush up their skills are also welcome to join!

As the name implies, the class will consist entirely of conversation in ASL. Discussion will cover a broad range of topics determined by both the students and the instructor. Students should be prepared to participate and have fun!

**It is highly recommended that students without prior experience in ASL wait until they have completed at least one semester of the language prior to joining this class.**

Students are welcome to join for the spring semester without having attended the fall semester

Textbook: NO BOOK IS NEEDED


Simple Signs- Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 1-3

Course Description: This 2-semester sign language course is designed to give students a taste of what it is like to communicate in the beautiful language of the American Deaf culture. The instructor strives to provide an educational, yet fun, classroom environment. Through songs, games, and activities, students will learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, relationships, animals, holidays, and more!

**Students should know the English letters and sounds prior to the class.**

Textbooks:

You Can Learn Sign Language! by Kramer and Ovadia

ISBN: 978-0816763368

**Please note: This textbook is out of print. However, there are a limited number of copies available through the HERO bookstore and there are dozens of copies available for purchase from various used book websites. The instructor apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause, but feels this text is the best possible book to use for this class.**

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)