Foreign Language

Sarah Pennica

Foreign Language Lead Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Pennica

The changing nature of our society has placed greater demands on students. In order to succeed in the twenty-first century, they will be required to acquire new communication skills. The acquisition of other languages will enable students to communicate across cultures and gain knowledge of other cultures in order to interact effectively within the community and global marketplace

The Canandaigua City School District LOTE Department, as a highly valued component of the CORE curriculum, is committed to inspiring a passion for language learning in students of all ability levels. We cultivate an engaging, relevant learning environment that encourages students to become leaders in a global community through a deep understanding, appreciation and tolerance of world languages and cultures.

French Courses ad Course Descriptions

French I

0401 FRENCH I
Full Year 1 unit Grade 9-12

In this course, the student learns about customs and culture as well as the language. Proper pronunciation, oral participation, reading and writing are introduced and developed throughout the year. The student will be able to carry on basic conversations in French and Spanish by the end of the school year. There is a regional exam at the end of the course. All students must have a passing final average (which includes the regional exam) to receive credit. One year of foreign language is a graduation requirement.

French II

0402 FRENCH II
Full Year 1 unit Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Passing MS level I AND a passing score on the NYS approved exam OR
Passing final average in a HS level I class

During this course, there is further development in understanding and using conversational skills, tenses and sentence structures. Reading and writing skills are more extensively explored and students continue to experience the culture unique to French and Spanish speaking countries.

French III

0403 FRENCH III
Full Year 1 unit Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Level II

The development of listening and speaking skills is improved through guided discussion topics. Reading skills are emphasized through the use of texts and literary sources. Advanced grammatical concepts are studied and practiced through the writing of a variety of compositions. The NYS approved examination is taken at the conclusion of level three.

French 201


0411 FRENCH 201 (FLCC FRN201 – French III)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of 85% on the New York State Approved exam or teacher recommendation.

The course is an in-depth review in the target language of the grammar and vocabulary studied in levels I - III, with the addition of more complex linguistic structures. The materials and methods used incorporate the latest approaches to successful language acquisition skills. Students will use CD’s, films, music, and recommended internet sites, in addition to their text, to acquire advanced language abilities. Students are expected to take part in class discussions in the target language.

French 202

0406 FRENCH 202 (FLCC FRN202 – French IV)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Spanish/French 201

This course is at the third semester university level and studies current global issues related to the Francophone or Spanish speaking worlds. Students are expected to work in the target language as they improve their oral and written communication skills using advanced grammar, vocabulary and more complicated syntax. Students will use traditional materials as well as films, CDs, music and recommended internet sites.

French 203

0413 FRENCH 203 (FLCC FRN203 – Advanced French: Coups d’Oeil Francais)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: French 202 or IB French A

This course is an advanced language course covering such topics as the origins of French culture, religion, the family, and customs and beliefs. These topics will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate conversation and writing skills in French/Spanish. Students are expected to work in the target language.

French 204

0414 FRENCH 204 (FLCC FRN204 – Advanced French: Perspectives Francophones)
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: French 202 or IB French A

This course is an advanced language course covering such topics as economic trends, revolutionary movements, education, urban life, and the French-speaking cultures outside of France experience in the United States. These topics will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate conversation and writing skills in French. Students are expected to work in the target language.

IB French A/B SL

0407/0408 IB French A /B SL
Possible 3 college credits
Cost: IB Subject Fee
Cost: Optional $15 Gemini fee for those seeking college credit
Full Year 1 unit (per year) Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Level III Language

This two year course is designed for the student pursuing the International Baccalaureate program. The class is conducted in the target language and students are expected to participate in this language. Students will study and discuss the culture and lives of people in all countries where the language is spoken. Emphasis is on the global community in which we all live with texts, films and other resources directly taken from these different areas. At the end of the second year of this course, students will take the IB exam for credit in the program.

Spanish Courses ad Course Descriptions

Spanish I

0421 SPANISH I
Full Year 1 unit Grade 9-12

In this course, the student learns about customs and culture as well as the language. Proper pronunciation, oral participation, reading and writing are introduced and developed throughout the year. The student will be able to carry on basic conversations in French and Spanish by the end of the school year. There is a regional exam at the end of the course. All students must have a passing final average (which includes the regional exam) to receive credit. One year of foreign language is a graduation requirement.

Spanish II

0422 SPANISH II

Full Year 1 unit Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Passing MS level I AND a passing score on the NYS approved exam OR

Passing final average in a HS level I class

During this course, there is further development in understanding and using conversational skills, tenses and sentence structures. Reading and writing skills are more extensively explored and students continue to experience the culture unique to French and Spanish speaking countries.

Spanish III

0423 SPANISH III
Full Year 1 unit Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Level II

The development of listening and speaking skills is improved through guided discussion topics. Reading skills are emphasized through the use of texts and literary sources. Advanced grammatical concepts are studied and practiced through the writing of a variety of compositions. The NYS approved examination is taken at the conclusion of level three.

Honors Spanish III

0425 HONORS SPANISH III
Full Year 1 unit Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 85 or higher in Level II
This is a Pre-IB course

Sophisticated listening and speaking skills are developed through guided discussion topics. Reading skills are emphasized through the use of texts and literary sources. Advanced grammatical concepts are studied and practiced through the writing of a variety of compositions. The NYS approved examination is taken at the conclusion of level three.

Spanish 201

0424 SPANISH 201 (FLCC SPN201 – Spanish III)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of 85% on the New York State Approved exam or teacher recommendation.

The course is an in-depth review in the target language of the grammar and vocabulary studied in levels I - III, with the addition of more complex linguistic structures. The materials and methods used incorporate the latest approaches to successful language acquisition skills. Students will use CD’s, films, music, and recommended internet sites, in addition to their text, to acquire advanced language abilities. Students are expected to take part in class discussions in the target language.

Spanish 202

0426 SPANISH 202 (FLCC SPN202 – Spanish IV)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Spanish/French 201

This course is at the third semester university level and studies current global issues related to the Francophone or Spanish speaking worlds. Students are expected to work in the target language as they improve their oral and written communication skills using advanced grammar, vocabulary and more complicated syntax. Students will use traditional materials as well as films, CDs, music and recommended internet sites.

Spanish 203

0434 SPANISH 203 (FLCC SPN203 – Advanced Spanish: Vistazos Hispanos)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or IB Spanish

This course is an advanced language course covering such topics as the origins of Hispanic culture, religion, the family, and customs and beliefs. These topics will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate conversation and writing skills in French/Spanish. Students are expected to work in the target language.

Spanish 204

0435 SPANISH 204 (FLCC SPN204 – Advanced Spanish: Perspectives Hispanoamericanas)
Possible 3 credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year .5 unit Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or IB Spanish

This course is an advanced language course covering such topics as economic trends, revolutionary movements, education, urban life, and the Spanish-speaking cultures outside of Hispanic experience in the United States. These topics will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate conversation and writing skills in Spanish. Students are expected to work in the target language.

IB Spanish A/B SL

0428/0431 IB Spanish A /B SL
Possible 3 college credits
Cost: IB Subject Fee
Cost: Optional $15 Gemini fee for those seeking college credit
Full Year 1 unit (per year) Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Level III Language

This two year course is designed for the student pursuing the International Baccalaureate program. The class is conducted in the target language and students are expected to participate in this language. Students will study and discuss the culture and lives of people in all countries where the language is spoken. Emphasis is on the global community in which we all live with texts, films and other resources directly taken from these different areas. At the end of the second year of this course, students will take the IB exam for credit in the program.