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Modern and Classical Languages



Languages Department Faculty
Department Chair Heather Wethern
Mandarin Chinese
Zihua Wei
French
David Gottlieb
Nadia Smith
Japanese
Emily Kariya
Cheryl Nesbitt
Latin
Luke Henderson
Chamnauch Khem
Spanish
Claudia Bautista-Nicholas
Jesse Barron
Jimmy Chapman
Brooke Forrer
Veronica Garcia-Hecht
Jorge Gutierrez
Leigh Anne McKellar
Guadalupe Mireles-Toumayan
Heather Wethern


The Modern and Classical Languages Department at Santa Monica High School offers students enrichment through knowledge of diverse languages and cultures.


Mandarin Chinese Course Descriptions >
Beginning and intermediate students learn to communicate in basic Mandarin Chinese and learn about Chinese customs and cultural practices. Oral communication is stressed through listening and speaking activities. Basic reading and writing skills in pinyin and the simplified Chinese character are introduced. Advanced students increase their proficiency in communicating both oral and written forms through direct instruction, collaborative/ cooperative learning and discussion as well as learning about the language through history and philosophy, customs, and cultural practices.



French Course Descriptions >
Beginning and intermediate students learn to read and communicate by listening, repeating, reading and writing in French while learning about the culture and geography of France and other French-speaking countries. Advanced classes are conducted entirely in French and concentrate on history, literature, writing, and culture. Futher studies increase the students’ knowledge and appreciation of the language, culture and geography by studying various literary genres.



Japanese Course Descriptions >
Beginning and intermediate students learn to communicate in basic Japanese and learn about the Japanese culture. Oral communication is stressed through listening and speaking activities, and basic reading and writing skills are introduced.Advanced students solidify listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed to function in everyday situations in Japan while enhancing their cultural awareness through exploration of various topics of interest.



Latin Course Descriptions >
In this course, ancient Latin is presented as a fully viable language in which to converse. It emphasizes the reconstructed "classical" pronunciation in speaking and reading aloud, as well as reciting from memory real Latin texts. Translation into English, grammar, composition and some history are explored. Advanced students undertake the reading of actual ancient texts such as Virgil's Aeneid or the poetry of Catullus and Horace.



Spanish Course Descriptions >
Beginning and intermediate students learn to read, write, speak, and listen in Spanish and develop an understanding of the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries and communities. Advanced students continue to develop their oral and written communication skills in Spanish with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition.through participation in oral presentations, class discussions, and original written compositions. Students are introduced to contemporary Hispanic literature in the form of short stories and plays, poetry, essays, and current periodicals.










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