602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

World Languages

Welcome to the La Porte World Language Department Website! This page is designed to give you an insight into the four world languages studied at La Porte High

Level 1 World Language Courses German, French and Spanish

Students will learn the uses for learning languages and develop an understanding of the people who speak them. They will gain an understanding of the culture of these people. Students will be able to greet, introduce and respond, talk about daily routines and events, use courtesy expressions, and say farewell. They will be able to ask and answer simple questions relating to their needs and interests,and give oral directions and commands for use in and out of the classroom. Students will read menus, signs, schedules, written directions, and information. They will be able to comprehend short stories and reading and respond in writing. They will be exposed to the current events in the culture, as well as, celebrations and geography.

Level 2 World Language Courses German, French and Spanish

Students participate in and create dialogs for a variety of topics including routine activities. They give narratives about personal experiences. They tell about their own likes and dislikes, ask for permission or for help and learn to respond in these situations. The students will be able to read aloud in the target language with correct pronunciation and intonation. They will write notes, postcards, phone messages, directions and letters. They will become familiar with different aspects of the culture such as art, architecture, literature and music.

Level 3 World Language Courses German, French and Spanish

Students will be able to interact in social situations by expressing regrets, condolences, and complaints. They will appreciate other cultures by understanding their social behaviors and values through the use of "realia." In addition to newspapers, magazines, advertisements, they will read short stories, literary selections and poetry. They will follow these readings with summaries or paraphrases. They will describe cultures of the society where the language is spoken and learn about its history and politics.

Level 4 World Language Courses German, French and Spanish

Students will give presentations on cultural topics. They will learn to respond to interpretive questions and interact in complex social situations, as well as, express their opinions. They will be able to paraphrase or retell what someone else has said. They will read authentic materials and write compositions relating to these readings. They will write simple poetry and prose.

American Sign Language Level 1

This course introduces American Sign Language (ASL) and the deaf community. It focuses on frequently used signs through a functional-notional approach and discusses cultural features of the deaf community. Emphasis is placed on the receptive and expressive skills. In the areas of reading, composition, and receptive and expressive communication skills, students have the opportunity to:

Develop visual acuity; follow brief verbal instructions; understand short statements, questions, and dialogues; originate short descriptions from prompts; read and discuss texts written by deaf authors about their experiences; read and discuss the history of the deaf community; begin to understand the current GLOSSING system used to write ASL; and examine various other methods developed to write ASL, including Sign Writing.

Students also learn to recognize the difference between the pathological and psychological definitions of deafness, dispel common myths associated with deafness and ASL, recognize the widespread use of ASL throughout the United States, and developed an understanding of the intricate relationship between languages and cultures in general.

American Sign Language Level 2

American Sign Language (ASL) II continues to focus on frequently used signs through a functional -notional approach and the discussion of the cultural features of the deaf community. Emphasis is placed on the more advanced level of learning the receptive and expressive communication skills in American Sign Language. Students also learn to examine some of the political issues associated with the deaf community and continue their study in recognizing the difference between the pathological and psychological definitions of deafness, dispel common myths associated with deafness and ASL, develop an appreciation of linguistics and cultural differences, and develop an understanding of the intricate relationship between languages and cultures in general.

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