World Languages and Cultures

World Languages and Cultures

Overview:

Modern technology has given us a window through which we can view the rest of the world. We have only to turn on our television sets to see how the rest of the planet lives. This very technology, however, shows us the barriers that separate us from the cultures and traditions of other people. Perhaps the largest barrier is our inability to speak the same language. This obstacle can be overcome only through the study of international languages.

Bryan High's World Languages and Cultures Department offers French, German, and Spanish. It is recommended that all students, who aspire to a post-secondary education, enroll for a minimum two year language sequence.  International languages study increases the student's understanding of language construction, word derivation, and other cultures. Students interested in pursuing medical, business, or social careers will find particular value in the learning opportunities offered by the Bryan High World Languages and Cultures Department.

Learning, however, can also be fun, and the Bryan World Languages and Cultures Department offers numerous opportunities to combine knowledge with pleasure. All three of the languages taught at Bryan have their own clubs and activities. Have you ever viewed "Home Alone" in Spanish, attended a National Theater performance of Don Quixote or Cyrano de Bergerac, or thrilled to the "Day of the Dead" fiesta? Have you ever eaten German and Swiss food, or attended an exciting French convention with students from other schools, or participated in adopting a child from Ecuador?  How about a ski trip with the German Club, or a Halloween hay rack ride with members from all the international languages Clubs, or Christmas caroling in Spanish, French and German? Spanish dancers? An international languages day at U.N.L.?

World Languages and Cultures Goals

  • Communicate in languages other than English.

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of cultures where the language is used.

  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information.

  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture.

  • Participate in multilingual communities.

Instructors:

  • Kathy Shukis (Spanish)
  • Ricardo Hernandez (Spanish)
  • Alyssa Wattonville (French)
  • Carmen Lazo (Spanish)
     

Curriculum:

FRENCH 1-2, GERMAN 1-2, SPANISH 1-2: These courses put the emphasis on conversational skills and simple writing constructions, in addition to a solid introduction to the culture of those countries where the particular language is most commonly used.

FRENCH 3-4, GERMAN 3-4, SPANISH 3-4: The second year language courses provide a continuation of the fundamental skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing the language. Study will continue on the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken.

FRENCH HONORS 5-6, GERMAN HONORS 5-6, SPANISH HONORS 5-6: Much attention is given to increasing the student's writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills.

FRENCH HONORS 7-8, GERMAN HONORS 7-8, and SPANISH HONORS 7-8: These are fourth year courses. The focus of these courses is in increasing the awareness of the languages involved and a greater understanding of the cultural, historical, and geographical aspects of selected countries.

FRENCH HONORS 9-10, GERMAN HONORS 9-10, and SPANISH AP: These are courses geared for those students who want an in-depth study of their chosen language. Independent study is an essential; oral and written summarization's of selected authentic literature are required. The students will benefit by having the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement test to qualify for college credit.

SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKING STUDENTS, SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKING STUDENTS (HONORS): A class designed for students who are already fluent speakers of Spanish but who wish to expand their knowledge of both Spanish and English. The class is geared for native speakers of Spanish.

The Bryan High World Languages and Cultures Department gives students the chance to understand and appreciate other cultures, and the prospect of bringing an increasingly complicated world closer together through mutually understood communication.

For a complete description of World Languages and Cultures Department courses, see pages 57-59 of the Bryan High Curriculum Handbook, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file [1,958 KB file size].