Languages

Modern Languages

Our modern language programs — in Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish — offer multiple study levels, from beginner to highly proficient, along with a commitment to cultural awareness and understanding. Upon completion of any of the modern language programs, a student should be able to travel or live among native speakers with relative ease.

Academic advisors use this course map for levels 1-3 and this course map for levels 4-6 to guide students in designing their most appropriate and desired selection of language coursework throughout their time at St. George's.

Available Courses:

Spanish I
SPANISH 100
Full-Year

Open to all forms

Spanish I is an introductory level yearlong course offered to students with limited or no prior experience with the Spanish language. Spanish I is also designed for students who may benefit from a thorough review of the concepts they acquired during their middle school Spanish study. In this class, students learn vocabulary related to greetings, expressions of courtesy, academic life, family, pastimes, vacations and shopping. Grammar concepts introduced include regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, descriptive and possessive adjectives, direct and indirect objects and pronouns, the present progressive and the preterite tense.

In Spanish I, students develop reading, writing and conversational skills through the use of texts, selected readings, workbooks and audiovisual materials. Students practice and demonstrate their language proficiency through individual and partner work, group discussions, journals, voice recordings, projects and formal presentations. Students are required to use the target language at all times in order to provide and partake in an immersion experience in the classroom.

Spanish II
(Prerequisite Spanish 100)
SPANISH 200
Full-Year

Open to all forms: Prerequisite Spanish 100

This yearlong course is a continuation of the program and materials presented in Spanish I or its equivalent. It continues to build on the established foundation as it further develops the students’ reading, writing and conversational skills. The class not only reviews the material from Spanish I but also introduces students to more complex sentence structures as well as the use of commands, the future and the present subjunctive tenses. The new vocabulary presented relates to cultural events, celebrations, daily routines, shopping, food, technology, the home, etc. As in Spanish I, communication is a critical component of the Spanish II classroom. Students are required to use Spanish at all times in order to communicate with each other as well as with the teacher in an effort to provide an immersion experience in the classroom. In addition to our study of grammar and vocabulary, we will also explore various cultures and the history of the Spanish-speaking world through selected readings, films and the Internet. A Spanish II Honors section is also offered.

Spanish II Honors
(Prerequisite Spanish 100)
SPANISH 220/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms: Prerequisite Spanish 100

This yearlong course continues to build on the foundation of Spanish I, introducing students to more complex sentence structures as well as the use of commands, the future and the present subjunctive tenses. Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, Spanish II Honors requires communication as a critical component of the classroom and will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than Spanish II. Students are required to use Spanish at all times in order to communicate with each other as well as with the teacher in an effort to provide an immersion experience in the classroom. In addition to our study of grammar and vocabulary, we will also explore various cultures and the history of the Spanish-speaking world through selected readings, films and the Internet.

Spanish III and Spanish III Conversation
(Prerequisite Spanish 200)
SPANISH 300, SPANISH 300/C
Full-Year

Open to all forms: Prerequisite Spanish 200 or 220/H

Spanish III is the continuation of the program and materials presented in Spanish II or its equivalent. In this course, students build on their grammar foundation as they practice the use of previously acquired structures and learn advanced concepts such as the imperfect subjunctive, reciprocal pronouns, the perfect and “if” clauses. Students are required to participate actively and use Spanish at all times in order to provide and partake in an immersion experience in the classroom. To develop and build upon their cultural awareness of the different Spanish speaking countries, students in Spanish III will study short stories and poems from Spanish and Latin American authors, including an adapted version of “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha.” This course is divided into two sections: Spanish III and Spanish III Conversation (with an emphasis on oral communication).

Spanish III Honors
(Prerequisite Spanish 200 or 220/H)
SPANISH 320/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms: Prerequisite Spanish 200 or 220/H

This yearlong course continues to build on the foundation of Spanish II, as students learn advanced grammatical concepts such as the imperfect subjunctive, reciprocal pronouns, the perfect and conditional constructions. Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, Spanish III Honors requires active participation and use of Spanish at all times for an immersion experience in the classroom. The Honors section will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than Spanish III. To develop and build upon their cultural awareness of the different Spanish speaking countries, students in Spanish III Honors will study short stories and poems from Spanish and Latin American authors, including among others an adapted version of “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha.”

Spanish IV
(Prerequisite Spanish 300 or 320/H)
SPANISH 400
Full-Year

Open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers: Prerequisite Spanish 300 or 320/H

This yearlong course takes a communicative approach to teaching intermediate Spanish students. We review and expand upon grammar concepts previously studied while focusing more on application of those skills to listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will also continue to expand and reinforce each student’s vocabulary. Daily discussion topics, role-plays, presentations and interviews provide students with opportunities to express their opinions and to synthesize both grammar and vocabulary. Students will write responses to and summaries of audio, video and readings as well as compositions relating to topics studied in the text. The use of films by Hispanic filmmakers strengthens students’ listening comprehension skills, expands students’ cultural knowledge and provides the opportunity to make comparisons and connections between cultures as well as a platform for analysis and discussion. Students’ cultural competency and communicative skills are also strengthened through the study of art, literature, current events, country profiles and cultural readings. Students are required to participate actively using the target language at all times in order to provide and partake in an immersion experience in the classroom. The goal of this course is for students to feel confident in their use of the Spanish language and to spark an interest in further study at or beyond St. George’s. 

Spanish IV Honors
(Prerequisite Spanish 300 or 320/H)
SPANISH 420/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers: Prerequisite Spanish 300 or 320/H

The goal of Spanish Honors IV is for students to leave the course well prepared for further study of Spanish at the Advanced and/or college level. Like Spanish IV, this yearlong course takes a communicative approach to teaching intermediate Spanish students. We continue to expand and reinforce each student’s vocabulary. Daily discussion topics, role-plays, presentations and interviews provide students with opportunities to express their opinions and to synthesize both grammar and vocabulary. Students will write responses to and summaries of audio, video, readings and film as well as compositions relating to topics studied in the text. Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, Spanish Honors IV requires active participation and use of Spanish at all times for an immersion experience in the classroom. The Honors section will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than Spanish IV. Students’ cultural competency and communicative skills are also strengthened through the study of art, literature, current events, country profiles and cultural readings.

Spanish V
(Prerequisite Spanish 400, 420/H, 320/H)
SPANISH 501, SPANISH 502, SPANISH 503
Trimester: Fall, Winter, Spring

Open to fifth- and sixth-formers: Prerequisite Spanish 400, 420/H, 320/H or teacher recommendation

Spanish V is an intermediate course offered in successive trimesters to students in their final year of Spanish study at St. George’s and to students who would benefit from further practice prior to enrolling in an advanced course. In this class, students review previously acquired language structures as they discuss the geography, history, culture and current events of the countries in the Spanish-speaking world. Other topics of study include the Hispanic identity, immigration, biculturalism and the diversity among the customs and beliefs of the peoples of Hispanic descent.

In Spanish V, students develop reading and writing proficiency through the use of texts and authentic materials. They refine their conversational skills through interviews and interactions with native Spanish speakers, as well as through continuous participation in discussions, debates, research projects, and formal presentations. Students are required to participate actively using the target language at all times in order to provide and partake in an immersion experience in the classroom. Offered fall (501), winter (502) and spring (503) and may be taken singly or in any combination. Note: Spanish students who aspire to the Advanced level must complete at least two consecutive trimesters of this course (501 & 502) or (502 & 503).

Advanced Spanish Language and Culture
SPANISH 510/A
Full-Year

Open by invitation to fifth- and sixth-formers

This yearlong college-level course prepares the student for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Examination in May. It is designed to improve the students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as their cultural competency. In addition to a comprehensive review of the grammar studied in previous courses, students will read short works by a variety of literary masters, including but not limited to Cortázar, Borges, García Lorca, and Guillén. Furthermore, presentations on current events in Latin America and Spain promote cultural understanding and serve as subject matter for both discussion and essay writing. Authentic recorded materials and films are used to complement this course, so as to further develop listening comprehension. Students will also record their own short presentations, and write comparative essays as well as shorter written pieces, with a focus on both formal and informal communication. Candidates for this class are expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the language, as well as a general knowledge of the history, literature, customs and values of the Hispanic world. For students who wish to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture exam in May, supplementary materials will be recommended by the teacher. The class is taught exclusively in Spanish.

Advanced Spanish Literature and Culture
SPANISH 610/A
Full-Year

Open by invitation to fifth- and sixth-formers

This yearlong course is designed for advanced students who have successfully completed Spanish 510/A Advanced Language and Culture or who have been recommended by the teachers of the Spanish department. Our purpose is to instill a passion and love for the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America in our students and to help them communicate with fluidity and composure while analyzing the historical readings, literature and art studied in class. Students will learn research techniques and will write formal essays and research papers in Spanish. The reading list consists of many of the works selected by the College Board for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam. For students who wish to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture exam in May, supplementary materials will be recommended by the teacher. We also continue to develop the students’ grammar and vocabulary skills as they are necessary for verbal and written communication and literary analysis. The class is taught exclusively in Spanish.

Spanish VI Honors
(Prerequisite Spanish 501, 502 or 503; or Spanish 510/A; or Spanish 610/A)
SPANISH 611/H, SPANISH 612/H, SPANISH 613/H
Trimester: Fall, Winter, Spring

Open by invitation to sixth-formers; Prerequisite Spanish 501, 502 or 503; or Spanish 510/A; or Spanish 610/A

The main goal of this course is to promote a global understanding of the social, cultural and historical aspects of the Spanish–speaking world as students continue to develop their reading, writing and conversational skills. The course will be divided into distinct units that include the study of history and culture of a variety of regions in the Spanish-speaking world. Overarching course themes may include ancient civilizations, discovery and conquest, independence and dictatorships, immigration, and other contemporary issues. Course materials include readings, selected short stories, and historical films. The class is taught exclusively in Spanish. Pre-requisite: Spanish 501, 502, 503 or 510/A AP Spanish Language and Culture, or Spanish 610/A AP Spanish Literature and Culture with teacher recommendation. Offered fall (611), winter (612) and spring (613), and may be taken singly or in any combination. 

French I
FRENCH 100
Full-Year

Open to all forms

We believe that students should study French as it is used in real-life situations and authentic cultural contexts. In French I, therefore, we use a multimedia series to give students a solid foundation in both the language and the culture of contemporary France and the broader francophone world. A wide range of technology further enhances the classroom experience and provides additional language resources. Students create projects using video and PowerPoint to enhance their cultural knowledge and build communication and presentation skills.

French II
FRENCH 200
Full-Year

Open to all forms

As in French I, French II uses a broad range of media, from text to film, to encourage students to deepen their knowledge of language and culture. In addition to textbooks, a technology is incorporated into our curriculum in order to create an immersion environment and to expose students to the diversity of the francophone world. This approach helps students develop and strengthen their verbal, listening and writing skills and also supports a variety of learning styles. Students regularly use online resources, thereby gaining immediate access to a wide variety of francophone resources, from magazines and news­papers to cultural and grammar sites.

French II Honors
(Prerequisite French 100)
FRENCH 220/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to third- and fourth-formers; Prerequisite French 100

As in French I, French II uses a broad range of media from text to film in order to deepen students’ knowledge of language and culture. Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, French II Honors requires communication as a critical component of the classroom, and will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than French II. Classes are conducted entirely in French. Students regularly use online resources, thereby gaining immediate access to a wide variety of francophone resources from magazines and newspapers to cultural and grammar sites.

French III
(Prerequisite French 200 or 220/H)
FRENCH 300
Full-Year

Open to all forms; Prerequisite French 200 or 220/H

The goals of French III are to complete the formal study of grammar and to introduce students to serious French literature. Le Petit Prince” and a variety of short stories are studied, both as a means of enhancing language skills and building analytical skills. Classes are conducted almost entirely in French. Through the use of online resources and films, aspects of modern France and francophone culture are examined. Students are asked to do presentations on French figures, events and/or places.

French III Honors
(Prerequisite French 200 or 220/H)
FRENCH 320/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms; Prerequisite French 200 or 220/H

As in French 300, the goals of French 320/H are to complete the formal study of grammar and to introduce students to serious French literature. “Le Petit Prince” and a variety of short stories are studied, both as a means of enhancing language skills and building analytical skills. Designed for students who are particularly motived to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, French III Honors requires communication as a critical component of the classroom, and will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than French III. Classes are conducted entirely in French. Through the use of online resources and films, aspects of modern France and francophone culture are examined. Students are asked to do presentations on French figures, events and/or places.

French IV
(Prerequisite French 300 or 320/H; 401-2 is a prerequisite for 403)
FRENCH 401-2, FRENCH 403
Two-Trimester: Fall-Winter

Open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers; Prerequisite French 300 or 320/H; 401-2 is a prerequisite for 403

French IV includes an intensive grammar review, further exploration of the broader francophone culture through literature and film, and an overview of French history. This course is designed to enable students to achieve a high level of proficiency in the language and to give solid preparation for the SAT II French subject test. This course requires a minimum commitment of two trimesters (401-2, fall and winter) for those students who will not continue to the Advanced level. Students who aspire to complete the Advanced level must commit to 401-2 & 403 (spring) as a yearlong course.

French IV Honors
(Prerequisite French 300 or 320/H; 421-2 is a prerequisite for 423)
FRENCH 421-2/H, FRENCH 423/H
Two-Trimester: Fall-Winter

Open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers; Prerequisite French 300 or 320/H; 421-2 is a prerequisite for 423

French IV Honors includes an intensive grammar review, further exploration of the broader francophone culture through literature and film, and an overview of French history, at a more rapid pace and a deeper level than French IV. This course is designed to enable particularly motivated students to invest the time and effort required for proficiency in the language. The course also provides a solid preparation for the SAT II French subject test. This course requires a minimum commitment of two trimesters (421-2, fall and winter) for those students who will not continue to the Advanced level. Students who aspire to complete the Advanced level must commit to 421-2 & 423 (spring) as a yearlong course.

Advanced French Language and Culture
(Prerequisite teacher recommendation)
FRENCH 510/A
Full-Year

Open by invitation to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers

Advanced French Language and Culture is a yearlong course that builds language and communication skills in addition to expanding students’ knowledge of the broader francophone world. Students continue their exploration of francophone culture in both contemporary and historical contexts as they study the major themes of the Advanced curriculum: World Challenges, Contemporary Life, Families and Communities, Public and Self-identities, Science and Technology and Aesthetics and Beauty. All the while, students build essential skills in a second language: critical thinking and analytical skills, communication, collaboration and information/media/technology. Students conduct research and give frequent presentations on a variety of topics related to the different themes that reflect their knowledge of the francophone culture and to further hone their communication skills.

Extensive use is made of online resources: French-language newspapers, magazines and newscasts such as TV5, Journal Télévisé and 7 Jours sur la Planète. Texts used include “Allons au-delà,” “AP French: Preparing for the French Language and Culture Examination,” “ApPrenons” and “Panaché Littéraire.” For students who wish to take the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture exam in May, supplementary materials will be recommended by the teacher.

Chinese I
CHINESE 100
Full-Year

Open to all forms

The first year of Chinese introduces the student to radicals, tones and characters. These aspects of Mandarin Chinese make the language unique in the world. In addition, the course provides an introduction to basic Chinese grammar and sentence structure. The primary text used is “Ni Hao,” which is supplemented by short stories and traditional poetry. Students are expected to work on their pronunciation with the use of multimedia to perfect Chinese speech. Progress is monitored closely by means of quizzes and exams to gauge the pace of the class. Upon completion of first-year Chinese, students should be able to carry out basic conversations with residents while traveling in China. This is a yearlong course.

 

Chinese Honors I
CHINESE 120/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms

This course is designed for students with previous knowledge of Chinese who wish to advance their proficiency in the target language and deepen their understanding of Chinese culture at a much faster and deeper pace than Chinese 100 allows. The aim of this first year advanced course is to continue building upon the foundation laid in prior Chinese classes and quickly increase the level of sophistication in the students’ written and spoken Chinese, with the potential to be placed in either Chinese 300 or 320/H in the subsequent year. Basic skills such as tones, stroke order and pronunciation are repeatedly stressed to reinforce good habits and students will be encouraged to speak and write exclusively in Chinese so that they will begin thinking in Chinese. Upon completion of this course, students will be able both to write 200- to 300-character essays and to travel to China and carry out conversations with ease.

Chinese II
(Prerequisite Chinese 100)
CHINESE 200
Full-Year

Open to all forms; Prerequisite Chinese 100

The second year of Chinese continues to build upon the foundation laid in Chinese I. Tones, stroke order and pronunciation are repeatedly stressed to reinforce good habits developed in the first year of study. Increasingly, however, students are encouraged to create sentences and dialogue on their own. The basic text used is “Ni Hao.” Students continue to use various forms of multimedia, but these are supplemented with Chinese software and Chinese-language movies to help students perfect pronunciation and tone. Upon completion of second-year Chinese, students should be able to write 200- to 250-character essays as well as to give oral presentations based on memory. This is a yearlong course.

Chinese II Honors
(Prerequisite Chinese 100)
CHINESE 220/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms; Prerequisite Chinese 100

Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, Chinese II Honors builds upon the foundation laid in Chinese I, at a faster and deeper pace than Chinese 200. Classes are conducted largely in Chinese; students are expected to create sentences and dialogue on their own, and will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than Chinese II. The basic text used is “Ni Hao.” Students continue to use various forms of multimedia, but these are supplemented with Chinese software and Chinese-language movies to help students perfect pronunciation and tone. Upon completion of second-year Chinese, students should be able to write 250- to 300-character essays as well as to give oral presentations based on memory. This is a yearlong course.

Chinese III
(Prerequisite Chinese 120/H, 200 or 220/H)
CHINESE 300
Full-Year

Open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers; Prerequisite Chinese 120/H, 200 or 220/H

The third year of Chinese focuses on the foundations of the language; however, increasing emphasis is placed on improving reading and writing skills. Students begin to analyze and creatively comment on stories and essays. In spoken Chinese, students make presentations and create skits that are simultaneously sophisticated and practical in nature. The basic text used for this course is “Ni Hao.” Software and other forms of multimedia complement the oral and written materials. Students use PowerPoint presentations to give oral reports. Upon completion of the third year of Chinese, students should be able to achieve a high level of proficiency in the target language, which can be evident in the following areas: reading Chinese newspapers, writing rudimentary research papers, engaging in more complex conversations and spontaneously speaking for minutes at a time. This is a yearlong course.


Chinese III Honors
(Prerequisite Chinese 200 or 220/H)
CHINESE 320/H
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms; Prerequisite Chinese 200 or 220/H

Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, Chinese III Honors builds upon the foundation laid in Chinese II, at a faster and deeper pace than Chinese 300. Classes are conducted primarily in Chinese; software and other forms of multimedia complement the oral and written materials. Students use PowerPoint presentations to give oral reports, and will cover grammar and vocabulary at a deeper level than Chinese III. Upon completion of the third year of Chinese, students should be able to achieve a high level of proficiency in the target language, which can be evident in the following areas: reading Chinese newspapers, writing rudimentary research papers, engaging in more complex conversations and spontaneously speaking for minutes at a time. This is a yearlong course.

Chinese History and Culture
CHINESE 322, 323
(English medium)
Trimester: Winter, Spring

Open to all forms

As one of the most ancient civilizations, China is full of history. As one of the most rapidly developing countries, China is full of miracles. As one of the few self-claimed Communist regimes, China is full of surprises. This striking combination of old and new characterizes China’s current political and economic stature: an ancient-modern nation-state full of challenges, ambiguities and ambitions. In order to understand China, one has to understand both its past and present so as to anticipate its future.

This course will serve such a purpose: it will touch on Chinese history, delve into China’s present reform movements, and study its international relations. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to raise questions and research the issues that have interested them the most. Native speakers and students of the Chinese language are encouraged to enroll, but a knowledge of Chinese is not required. Offered winter (322) and spring (323).

Chinese IV
(Prerequisite Chinese 300 or 320/H; 401-2 is a prerequisite for 403)
CHINESE 401-2, CHINESE 403
Two-Trimester: Fall, Winter

Open to all forms; Prerequisite Chinese 300 or 320/H; 401-2 is a prerequisite for 403

This course is designed to help students gain greater fluency in the target language in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students continue to use the “Ni Hao” series and begin to use an increasingly large number of supplemental materials, including excerpts from books on Chinese history, philosophy and literature, and Chinese websites on news and current affairs. In addition to accumulating vocabulary, perfecting pronunciation and working with grammar, students begin to read authentic Chinese articles and write essays with Chinese word-processing programs to advance fluency and competency. Student interest also dictates materials used and direction of the specific class discussions. Opportunity for individual research in the Chinese language is provided. This course requires a minimum commitment of two trimesters (401-2, fall and winter) for those students who will not continue to the Advanced level. Students who aspire to complete the Advanced level must commit to 401-2 & 403 (spring) as a yearlong course.

Chinese IV Honors
(Prerequisite 320/H)
CHINESE 421-2/H, 423/H
Two-Trimester: Fall, Winter

Open by invitation to all forms; Prerequisite Chinese 320/H

Designed for students who are particularly motivated to build command of the language, and are willing to devote additional time and effort on a regular basis, Chinese IV Honors builds upon the foundation laid in Chinese III at a faster and deeper pace than Chinese 400. In addition to accumulating vocabulary, perfecting pronunciation and working with grammar at a deeper level than Chinese IV, students read Chinese newspapers and magazines and write essays with Chinese word-processing programs to advance fluency and competency. Student interest also dictates materials used and direction of the specific class discussions. Opportunity for individual research in the Chinese language is provided. This course requires a minimum commitment of two trimesters (421-2/H, fall and winter) for those students who will not continue to the Advanced level. Students who aspire to complete the Advanced Level must commit to 421-2 & 423 (spring) as a yearlong course.

Advanced Chinese Language and Culture
(Prerequisite Chinese 400, 420/H)
CHINESE 510/A
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms; Prerequisite Chinese 400, 420/H

The yearlong Advanced Chinese Language and Culture course is designed for qualified students who are interested in completing Chinese studies comparable and equivalent in content to fourth-semester college/university courses in Mandarin Chinese. The goal of this course is to further develop students’ proficiency in the target language and to enhance their understanding of the Chinese culture through discussions of topics reflecting multiple areas of Chinese society and culture and the use of various authentic multimedia and literary materials in different linguistic registers. While the course engages students in an exploration of both historical and contemporary Chinese culture, it also prepares students to demonstrate on the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. This course is conducted entirely in Chinese. For students who wish to take the Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture exam in May, supplementary materials will be recommended by the teacher. This is a yearlong course.


Latin

Latin was the global language of the West for centuries. In studying this language of ancient Rome, students engage with a vibrant and stimulating intellectual community that stretches more than 2,000 years into the past, but still seems startlingly modern.

All of the Latin courses offered at St. George’s are yearlong courses, up to the fifth level. Completion of Latin through the 300-level satisfies the graduation requirement for languages. 

Academic advisors use this course map to guide students in designing their most appropriate and desired selection of Latin coursework throughout their time at St. George's.

Available Courses:

LATIN 100: I
Full-Year

Open to all forms

Students in Latin I acquire a basic understanding of the structure of this ancient language and develop a working Latin vocabulary. Because Latin is an inflected language, students must wrestle with a radically different linguistic structure. They learn how to be intellectually flexible and verbally precise as they carefully reason their way through a Latin sentence. Readings in Jenney’s "First Year Latin" are supplemented by engaging mythological and cultural readings, and a specific goal is for students to enhance their English vocabulary by learning Latin roots and English derivations.

LATIN 200: II
(Prerequisite Latin 100)
Full-Year

Open to all forms: Prerequisite Latin 100

The opening weeks of this course are dedicated to a fast-paced review of the first-year material in the context of reading continuous Latin narratives on Rome’s legendary history. The remainder of first semester focuses on a mastery of advanced topics of grammar, including participles, gerunds, conditions and the subjunctive mood. In the second semester, students translate Caesar’s famous "Commentarii De Bello Gallico" and in so doing, they grapple with the power and nuance of words in both languages.

LATIN 220/H: HONORS II
(Prerequisite Latin 100)
Full-Year

Open by invitation to all forms: Prerequisite Latin 100

Latin 220/H is designed for motivated students who have a genuine interest in Latin, a strong record of achievement in the discipline and a willingness to devote the additional time and effort required of this course. Students in this class tackle the same foundational material as in Latin 200 but at an accelerated pace and with more challenging Latin readings, in-class work, and assessments. They also read more selections from "Commentarii De Bello Gallico" and begin to build their skills of close textual analysis.

 

LATIN 300: III
(Prerequisite Latin 200 or 220)
Full-Year

Open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers: Prerequisite Latin 200 or 220

Beginning with an intensive grammar review, the third-year course focuses reading extended passages of unedited Latin from a variety of authors. Students learn how to explicate Latin poetry and prose and to write essays analyzing a Latin text. By reading excerpts from authors such as Virgil, Cicero, Catullus and Ovid, students read Latin in different genres and interpret famous primary sources that illuminate the unchanging nature of the human condition. 

LATIN 320/H: HONORS III
(Prerequisite Latin 200 or 220)
Full-Year

Open by invitation to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-formers: Prerequisite Latin 200 or 220

As an Honors course, Latin 320/H is an appropriate choice for those students who have a strong record of achievement in Latin, well-developed study skills and a sincere interest in the subject. The grammar review at the beginning of this course is brief so that students can jump into “real” Latin as soon as possible. A specific curricular goal is to prepare students for further study and particularly for success in the AP Latin course. Among the authors studied, Vergil and Caesar therefore receive particular attention. Throughout the course, students are stretched to improve their fluency and deepen their comprehension of a Latin text. They also relate the material to its various contexts and focus on crafting well-argued and appropriately substantiated interpretive essays. 

Advanced Latin: Vergil and Caesar
(Prerequisite Latin 320)
LATIN 400/A
Full-Year

Open by invitation to fifth- and sixth-formers; Prerequisite Latin 320

What causes wars? How does a leader inspire? Is vengeance ever just? These and other seminal questions form the core of this fast-paced, challenging course. Students begin their study with Vergil’s “Aeneid,” an epic poem of refugees and survivor guilt, deception and the madness of love, capricious if not malevolent gods, and even a journey to Hell. The course then shifts Caesar’s “Commentarii De Bello Gallico” to focus on historical prose and issues of war and peace, the cost of empire and the demands of leadership. Throughout this advanced course, students enhance their fluency in Latin, their sight reading skills and their ability to analyze a Latin text in class and on assessments. They also become acquainted with the mythological, legendary and historical figures of Rome’s history and discuss the troubling yet timeless questions raised by Rome’s rise to power. Students who take this course will take the national AP Latin exam in May.

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