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Foreign Language Department
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Department Chair
Tracy Balhan
(630) 681-3235

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French, Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers, and ELL are the language programs we offer at Glenbard North High School. Our students learn to use the target language to communicate beyond the classroom setting. They develop an understanding of the customs, arts, literature, history and geography associated with the target language.
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Staff Listing


Foreign Language
Tracy
Alvarado
630-681-3125
ext.
3737
Foreign Language
Antonina
Benigno
630-681-3256
ext.
3745
Foreign Language
Jennifer
Buck-Castaneda
630-681-3125
ext.
3737
Foreign Language
Allyson
Feierberg
630-681-3294
ext.
3740
Foreign Language
Carolyn
Fitzgerald
630-681-3229
ext.
3743
Foreign Language
Alyssa
Godzicki
630-681-3367
ext.
3367
Foreign language
Monica
Guerrero
630-681-3315
ext.
3746
Foreign Language
Susanna
Melon
630-681-3103
ext.
3744
Foreign Language
Sarah
Minogue
630-681-3191
ext.
3742
Foreign Language
Monika
Numrich
630-681-3255
ext.
3736
Foreign Language
Ryan
Royer
630-681-3358
ext.
3735
Foreign Language Department Chair
Tracy
Balhan
630-681-3235
ext.
3219

Course Descriptions
The foreign language department highly recommends that every college bound student begin or continue foreign language study in his/her freshman year. Many benefits can be derived from a four year sequence. Research has shown that each additional year of language study (3rd, 4th and 5th year) enhances ACT/SAT scores. Students entering the work force immediately after high school can also benefit from foreign language study. Before advancing to the next level, however, it is strongly recommended that a student earn a C or better in the language course.

FRENCH 1 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - This course introduces students to the French language with an emphasis on speaking and understanding. This is accomplished by use of video, audio, and written practice. The fundamentals of grammar are introduced, and appreciation of French-speaking people and their cultures is promoted. This course is designed for students who have had no prior experience in French language instruction.

FRENCH 2 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: French 1.  In this course, more emphasis is placed on listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The structure of the language is studied in greater detail. An awareness and appreciation of French culture and present-day life is promoted. Assignments include assimilation of grammar and vocabulary.

FRENCH 3 - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: French 2. This course is designed to strengthen speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. Speaking skills are improved through conversations in French. Correct grammar and logical thought in composition are encouraged. Two novels are read. Students complete projects related to Francophone culture.
FRENCH 3H - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite:  French 2, instructor’s and department recommendation.  In this course, students will participate in enrichment activities in addition to the material covered in the regular class. French will be used more consistently in class, with increasing student participation. Two novels are read. Writing skills are emphasized, with a final project in which students compose a book about their lives, covering past, present, and future events.   This course is a prerequisite for French 4H.

FRENCH 4:  Jr., Sr.  1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite:  French 3.   This course will continue to further students’ knowledge of grammar, while working to improve the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.   Emphasis will be on improving writing and speaking skills.  Students will study French art and the history of France.  These units will culminate in presentations on a French artist and a historical figure.  Students will read a variety of material, from short stories, to poetry, to current periodicals, and excerpts of novels.  This course is a prerequisite for French 5AP

FRENCH 4H - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: French 3H or instructor’s and department recommendation. In addition to strengthening the student’s ability to read and comprehend French, this course will continue to place emphasis on the development of speaking ability. Grammatical concepts learned previously are applied to paragraph construction and short compositions. Students learn about French art from prehistoric times to the present, as well as learn about the history of France.  Students are expected to prepare oral reports and presentations on an artist and important historical figure.  Short stories, as well as a novel, are read. This course is the prerequisite for French 5AP.

FRENCH 5 AP LANGUAGE - Sr. -1 yr, 1 cr. - Prerequisite: French 4H and department recommendation. This course is designed for those students who have demonstrated interest, motivation and high achievement in previous French courses. This Advanced Placement course requires students to read unedited literary and journalistic prose, to understand lectures and conversational language, to participate in class discussions and conversations, and to write essays in French. This course is conducted in the target language. Completion of this course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination in French Language in May.

SPANISH 1 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - This course introduces the students to the language with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and understanding basic Spanish. This is accomplished by use of video, audio and written practices in the language lab. The fundamentals of grammar and communication are introduced, and an appreciation of Spanish-speaking people and their cultures is promoted.  Students will also read a short book at the end of this year.  This course is designed for students with no prior experience in Spanish language instruction.

SPANISH 2 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Spanish 1.  Spanish 2 continues to develop the skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The structure of the language is studied in depth. The study of contemporary society in the Spanish-speaking world is continued. Specific cultural information is introduced through reading selections and audio-visual media. Students will read two books and utilize the language lab regularly.   

SPANISH 3 - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Spanish 2.  This course is designed to strengthen speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. Conversations and compositions are based on reading of two novels and watching a video program.  Understanding of grammatical structure is refined to provide students with the opportunity to express themselves creatively in writing. Writing skills are emphasized, with a final project in which students compose a book about their lives, covering past, present, and future events.  Vocabulary is expanded to facilitate conversational skills through role-playing.

SPANISH 3H - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite:  Spanish 2, department recommendation. In this course, students will participate in enrichment activities in addition to the material covered in the regular class. Spanish will be used consistently in class with increasing student participation. Two novels appropriate to this level are read. The students will be required to use some analysis and evaluation related to situations dealing with Spanish-speaking countries.  Writing skills are emphasized, with a final project in which students compose a book about their lives, covering past, present, and future events.

SPANISH 4 - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or instructor’s and department recommendation. In this course, all four skills will continue to be emphasized and refined.  Grammar is reviewed through reading selections in the text as well as through reading a novel. A variety of communicative activities will emphasize practical usage of the language. Journal writing, theme writing, and research for projects will help to refine composition. History and culture are incorporated through readings and projects.  The course is taught in Spanish.

SPANISH 4H - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Spanish 3H or instructor’s and department recommendation. In addition to strengthening the student’s ability to read and comprehend Spanish, this course will continue to place emphasis on the development of speaking ability through improvisational oral expression. Grammatical concepts learned previously are applied to paragraph construction and short compositions. The reading of a novel provides the opportunity for analysis, synthesis and evaluation of Spanish culture. The study of art underscores both history and culture. This course is the prerequisite for Spanish 5 or 5AP.

SPANISH 5 - Jr., Sr., -1 yr., 1 cr. – Prerequisite:  Spanish 4 or Spanish 4H.  This course is designed for students who want to improve their language skills through in-depth assignments and projects.  This course will continue to refine reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities.  It will study the history and cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries.  It will also explore a variety of ways that Spanish is used in different careers.  This course will be conducted solely in Spanish, and daily participation by students is required.
SPANISH 5 AP LANGUAGE - Jr., Sr., - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Spanish 4 or Spanish 4H and department recommendation. This course is designed for those students who have demonstrated interest, motivation and high achievement in previous Spanish courses. This Advanced Placement course requires students to read unedited literary and journalistic prose, to understand lectures and conversational language, to participate in class discussions and conversations, and to write essays in Spanish. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. Completion of this course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language in May.

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS 1 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr.  Prerequisite: Instructor’s recommendation/ proficiency test/department chair’s recommendation. This course, intended for students who speak Spanish in the home, continues to develop the skills of listening comprehension, reading and writing. The structure of the language is studied, with particular emphasis on writing and spelling. Class is conducted entirely in Spanish. The study of contemporary society in the Spanish-speaking world is included. Specific cultural information is introduced through reading selections and audio-visual media.

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS 2 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. Prerequisite: Spanish for Native Speakers 1, department recommendation, proficiency test.
Intended for students who speak Spanish in the home, this course is a continuation of Spanish for Native Speakers 1. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course places continued emphasis on reading and discussion of literature. Students also improve their writing, listening, and speaking skills using a variety of audio-visual media and technology.

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS 3H/AP component - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. Prerequisite: Spanish for Native Speakers 2, department recommendation, proficiency test. This course is specifically for students who speak Spanish as their first language and wish to continue with the Spanish for Native Speaker course sequence. Students will continue to improve their literacy skills with much emphasis on reading, writing, and discussion of literature. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course will concentrate on improving skills in communication using a variety of audio-visual media and technology.  This course prepares students for taking the Spanish Language Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SPANISH 5 AP LITERATURE - Jr., Sr., 1 yr., 1cr. - Prerequisite: Spanish 4, Spanish 4H, or Spanish for Natives 3H and department recommendation - This course is designed for students who have demonstrated interest, motivation, and high achievement in previous Spanish courses. This course requires students to read a wide variety of literary genres in Spanish and engage in literary analysis of the texts through classroom discussion and formal essays. This course will also explore the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries during each literary movement. Because this course is comparable to university level work, students are expected to have a high level of interest as well as sufficient time to read and prepare assignments outside of class. This course is conducted solely in the target language.  This course prepares students for taking the Spanish Literature Advanced Placement Exam in May.



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