Modern and Classical Languages

The Modern and Classical Languages Department at Wayland offers classes in Latin, German, and Spanish through the Advanced Placement level. When possible, students can also study classical Greek. Wayland language students are frequently able to practice their language skills through faculty supervised trips abroad during Spring Break. The goals of the department are to:
  1. develop the students’ powers of understanding a native (or standard dialect) speaking at natural speed
  2. develop students’ powers of oral expression using good accent and grammar
  3. develop students’ powers of written expression
  4. lead students to the appreciation of the literature in language other than English through the reading and critical analysis of selected literary works
  5. bring students into contact with ways of thought which differ from their own.

Modern and Classical Language Courses

German 1 CP

This course presents students with a complete scope of elementary grammar and useful vocabulary intended for practical application in conversation. All students learn to master the pronunciation of German and to overcome the fear of speaking freely and openly in the classroom. The first year is the beginning of thinking totally in German.

German 2 H

This course continues the process of grammar and vocabulary acquisition begun in German 1. German 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

German 3 H

This course reduces the intensity of grammar study and focuses on vocabulary growth and writing skills. Clarity and accuracy in summary writing are an integral part of this course, The confidence with which students now approach German has become part of their academic consciousness, to the degree that German can now be treated not merely on a word order and phrase basis. German 2 is a prerequisite for this course.

German 4 H

This course has as its main point of concentration extensive reading and vocabulary growth. In addition to completing a thorough review of grammar topics from German 1 – 3, students concentrate on the accurate application of proper usage in writing and conversation. At this point, the student is indeed capable of making the transition to an upper-level course in German on the university level. German 3 is a prerequisite for this course.

German 5 H

This course and Advanced Placement German Language are available to students possessing ability and desiring to think and communicate in German in a profound manner. Readings from Der Spiegel, historical, and literary texts compose the core of the program. Extensive reading and the presentation of such in oral reports and in written documentation facilitate a deep awareness of German. German 4 is a prerequisite for this course.

Advanced Placement German 5

Advanced Placement German Language are available to students possessing ability and desiring to think and communicate in German in a profound manner. Readings from Der Spiegel, historical, and literary texts compose the core of the program. Extensive reading and the presentation of such in oral reports and in written documentation facilitate a deep awareness of German. German 4 is a prerequisite for this course.

Spanish 1 CP

In this course students acquire language using a method of instruction called TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). Students acquire language through comprehensible input. Students will learn vocabulary through stories, mini- stories, personalized mini-situations, and personalized questions and answers, so that input is varied, frequent, contextualized and comprehensible. Grammar is presented with its meaning rather than the traditional rules. Students will read two novels that were created for beginning language learners. Students will improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as the year progresses. Culture will be presented within the context of stories.

Spanish 2 CP and H

In this course students continue to acquire using the TPRS method begun in the first year. Vocabulary and grammar continue to build through repetitive comprehensible input. This continues to be done through the building of stories, reading and writing. There is considerable discussion of the readings in order to provide interesting and repetitive comprehensible input in the acquisition process. Spanish 1 or consent of instructor are a prerequisite for this course.

Spanish 3 CP and H

In this course students continue to acquire using the TPRS method continued in the second year. Vocabulary and grammar continue to build through repetitive comprehensible input. More traditional treatment of grammar rules is incorporated at this level. Spanish 2 is a prerequisite for this course.

Spanish 4 H

In this course students continue to acquire using the TPRS method continued in the third year. Vocabulary and grammar continue to build through repetitive comprehensible input. Traditional treatment of grammar rules continues to accompany the other techniques of TPRS. Spanish 3 is a prerequisite for this course.

Spanish 5 H

In this course students will explore language and culture through readings, classroom discussion and research. The students will continue to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Spanish 4 is a prerequisite for this course.

Latin 1 CP/1H

The class is designed to help students to learn Latin, form a deeper understanding of the Classical past, and improve their language skills in English. Students learn to read, translate, contextualize, and analyze the Latin language. They read and compose in Latin in order to practice their grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. To gain some knowledge of the lives of the ancient Romans, students read culture, history, and mythology texts in English. To develop an improved English vocabulary, students study Latin and Greek bases, prefixes, and suffixes.

Latin 2 H

Students complete their “textbook” Latin in the first semester and thereafter practice their reading, translation, and analysis skills through un-adapted Latin literature. The study of culture, history, and mythology continues both with primary and secondary readings. Latin 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Latin 3H/4H/AP/CIS

Students continue to read unadapted Latin to solidify their skills. Cultural material is covered through readings both primary and secondary, class discussions, and various projects and papers. Consent of the instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Not offered this semester, but coming soon...

Classics Seminar/Mythology/Greek and Roman Civilization

This senior elective is crafted to reflect the interest of the students who take it. The Classics seminar is a sampling of Greek and Roman language, literature, history, and culture; the mythology course is an in-depth look at Classical Mythology; and the Civilization course has a history focus with additional cultural material. Consent of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Advanced Placement Spanish Language

The goal of this course is to raise the level of proficiency of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in an integrated manner. Students will use Spanish short stories as a starting point for study of vocabulary and grammatical structures. These stories will also give students topics for writing both formally and informally and for listening and speaking activities. Additional materials include historical and cultural topics and a variety of authentic resources, from literary texts to newspapers, magazines, films, and music in preparation for the AP Spanish examination. Students will read literary works, practice conversation and speaking skills (interpersonal and presentational), write compositions (formal and informal writings), and engage in a rigorous grammar review. The primary language of instruction in this class is Spanish. Consent of the instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Spanish Film I – Fall Semester

In this course, we view the Spanish series, El Internado Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon Boarding School) with Spanish subtitles. The story is about a fictitious boarding school in Spain and is a drama-thriller. We focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing as well as cultural differences in this film-based course. Students will contribute to a blog for the course and are expected to participate in daily class discussions. Spanish 3 CP or H, or permission of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Spanish Film II – Spring Semester

This is the second semester of the film course, we continue to view the Spanish series, El Internado Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon Boarding School) with Spanish subtitles. The story is about a fictitious boarding school in Spain and is a drama- thriller. We focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing as well as cultural differences in this film-based course. Students will contribute to a blog for the course and are expected to participate in daily class discussions. Spanish Film I or permission of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Advanced Placement Latin

Students continue to read unadapted Latin to solidify their skills. Cultural material is covered through readings both primary and secondary, class discussions, and various projects and papers. Consent of the instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Classics Seminar/Mythology/Greek and Roman Civilization

This senior elective (juniors rarely admitted with consent of the instructor) is crafted to reflect the interest of the students who take it. The Classics seminar is a sampling of Greek and Roman language, literature, history, and culture; the mythology course is an in-depth look at Classical Mythology; and the Civilization course has a history focus with additional cultural material. Consent of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Greek Language

Let them learn Latin as an honor and Greek as a treat (adapted from W. Churchill). The Greek class, open to those who have taken at least one year of Latin, introduces the language of Homer, Sophocles, and Plato. The focus is on the language of Classical Greek, although period history and culture are also addressed. Consent of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.

Madison Jewell in a presentation by Spanish classes at Wayland Academy