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World Languages
First Name Last Name Department Room Number Email Address Voice Mail Extension (925-280-3950 ext. XXXX) Position
David Blumberg World Languages C12 dblumberg@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5132 Teacher, Department Chairperson
Lola Danielli World Languages C7 ldanielli@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5127 Teacher
Leticia Del Toro-Gasquy World Languages C5 ldeltoro@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5157 Teacher
Shih-Min Holland World Languages B9 sholland@acalanes.k12.ca.us 3588 Teacher
Concha Martinez World Languages C13 cmartinez@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5133 Teacher, Cheerleading Advisor
Charlotte Taylor World Languages C6 ctaylor@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5126 Teacher
Ed Willy World Languages C14 ewilly@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5134 Teacher



Course Offerings

French 1
This introductory course in foreign language provides students who have no prior training in the language an opportunity to develop basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills. In addition to functional language skills, students are provided an introduction to the culture of countries whose language they are studying.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

French 2
This second-year language course enables students to develop intermediate proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students also develop an increasing awareness of the idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the culture of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: French 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

French 3
The third-year French language course enables students to develop high-intermediate proficiency in language skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading. Students will develop an increasing awareness of the idiomatic aspects of language, begin to study the literature and continue to study the culture of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: French 2 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

French 4 Honors
The fourth-year French course enables students to develop advanced proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students will use idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the literature and the culture of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: French 3 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

French Language 5 AP
Students who enroll in AP French Language should have a solid command of French grammar and vocabulary and have competence in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. This course emphasizes the use of language for active communication and helps students develop the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts, master an ample vocabulary while non-reliant on a dictionary, and demonstrate coherent expression in written and spoken French.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: French 4
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

German 1
This introductory course in foreign language provides students who have no prior training in the language an opportunity to develop listening, speaking, writing, and reading fundamentals. In addition to functional language skills, students are given an introduction to the culture of countries whose language they are studying.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

German 2
This second-year language course enables students to develop intermediate proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students also develop an increasing awareness of the idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the culture of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: German 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

German 3
The third-year language course enables students to develop high-intermediate proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading. Students will develop an increasing awareness of the idiomatic aspects of language, begin to study the literature and continue to study the culture of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: German 2 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

German 4 Honors
This fourth-year language course enables students to develop advanced proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students will use idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the culture and literature of countries using German.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: German 3 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

German Language 5 AP
This fifth-year German language course enables students to develop advanced proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students will use idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the culture and literature of German-speaking people. Students will prepare for the advanced placement examination.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: German 4 Honors or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Mandarin 1
Mandarin 1 introduces students to the Mandarin Chinese language and culture of China. The goal is to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities in Mandarin Chinese and to understand the customs and life of modern China. The course objectives include the following: (1) Speaking: students develop accurate pronunciation through the Pinyin system, good communication in daily dialogues, and are able to describe daily activities using a broad basic vocabulary. (2) Listening: students understand daily conversation. (3) Reading: students are able to read over 200 Chinese characters and essays with or without Pinyin. (4) Writing: students write Chinese characters and short sentences. Cultural activities are arranged to provide each student with opportunities to enhance language and cultural learning; these activities include Chinese movies, Chinese performances, field trips such as visiting museums, markets, restaurants, as well as Chinese traditional arts and crafts. 
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Mandarin 2
This second year Mandarin course enables students to increase their proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will further expand their understanding of the Chinese culture, extend their skills in grammar, and be encouraged to increase their communicative interaction with native speakers. The course objectives include the following: (1) Listening / Speaking: students develop accurate pronunciation and perform daily dialogues of medium length in groups. (2) Reading: students are able to read long conversation and medium-length paragraphs and memorize approximately 225 more Chinese characters. (3) Writing: students write short paragraphs in a daily journal. (4) Culture: Cultural activities are arranged to provide each student with opportunities to enhance language and cultural learning. Students will study the Chinese customs, including games, food, holidays, etc. 
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Mandarin 1 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Mandarin 3
This third year Mandarin course enables students to increase their proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will further expand their understanding of the Chinese culture, extend their skills in grammar, and be encouraged to increase their communicative interaction with native speakers. The course objectives include the following: (1) Speaking and listening: Performing all classroom activities entirely in Mandarin. (2) Reading: students are able to read short stories and anecdotes and getting the general idea of the meaning. Students will memorize approximately 225 more Chinese characters. (3) Writing: students write long paragraphs in a daily journal and write short essays on a given topic. Students will use more discourse markers in their written and spoken discourse. (4) Cultural activities are arranged to provide each student with opportunities to enhance language and cultural learning. Students will study the Chinese culture, including religion, music, performing art, food, jade, medicine, medical care, etc. 
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Mandarin 2 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Mandarin 4 Honors
The fourth year Mandarin course enables students to broaden their ability in the language of Mandarin (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and appreciation of the Chinese culture. The course objectives include the following: (1) Speaking and listening: students will perform all classroom activities entirely in Mandarin. (2) Reading: students are able to read longer short stories and anecdotes for the general idea, meaning, and for details. Students are able to read idioms and literary language in the reading passages. Students will memorize approximately 350 Chinese characters. (3) Writing: students will write short essays on the reading topics. They will use more discourse markers and conjunctions in their own speech and to connect their speech to other speakers. (4) Cultural activities are arranged to provide each student with opportunities to enhance language and cultural learning. Students will analyze commonalities and differences between Chinese and American culture through dialogue and writing. 
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Mandarin 3 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Spanish 1
This introductory course in foreign language provides students, who have no prior training in the language, an opportunity to develop basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills. In addition to functional language skills, students are provided an introduction to the culture of the countries whose language they are studying.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Spanish 2
This second-year language course enables students to develop intermediate proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students also develop an increasing awareness of the idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the culture of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Spanish 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Spanish 3
The third-year Spanish course enables students to develop high-intermediate proficiency in language skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading. Students will develop an increasing awareness of the idiomatic aspects of language, begin to study the literature and continue to study the culture of countries using the Spanish language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Spanish 2 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Spanish 4 Honors
This fourth-year Spanish language course enables students to develop advanced proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students will use idiomatic aspects of language, and continue to study the culture and literature of countries using the language.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Spanish 3 or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Spanish Language 5 AP
While emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication, this course encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. This course is designed to develop comprehension and expression of formal and informal spoken Spanish in an accurate and fluent fashion. Vocabulary development and the composition of expository passages are highlighted.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Spanish 4 Honors or equivalent experience
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes