world Languages

  • Students are required to complete a three-unit sequence in a World Language for graduation. Students must choose from French, Italian, or Spanish. Sign Language does not qualify. Students who wish to graduate with an Advance Designation Regents diploma must pass the Checkpoint “B” Exam administered at the end of level three.

    In order to advance to Level II of Spanish, Italian or French, incoming freshmen must take the Checkpoint “A” Exam or the St. John’s Placement exam and achieve a grade of 90% or higher.

  • Level i

    FRENCH I REGENTS
    ITALIAN I REGENTS
    SPANISH I REGENTS
    1 Unit (for each course)


    Level I - introduces the student to the fundamentals of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The student is also introduced to various aspects of the culture.

  • Level II

    FRENCH II REGENTS
    ITALIAN II REGENTS
    SPANISH II REGENTS
    1 Unit (for each course)

    Level II - further develops the areas of language study: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The students are introduced to more complex grammatical structures and continue to explore different aspects of culture. Upon completion of this level, students will have a basic command of key vocabulary, the structures needed for communication and appreciation of other cultures.

  • Level III

    FRENCH III REGENTS
    ITALIAN III REGENTS
    SPANISH III REGENTS
    1 Unit (for each course)

    Level III - places an emphasis on the four areas of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Correct grammar usage, mechanics of writing and pronunciation are stressed. Students continue to explore the different aspects of the culture. The target language is spoken in the classroom often throughout the school year. All students are required to take the Checkpoint “B” Exam, in June.

  • Level IV

    FRENCH IV REGENTS
    ITALIAN IV REGENTS
    SPANISH IV REGENTS
    1 Unit (for each course)

    Level IV applies the knowledge that students have acquired during the first three years of study. Students further develop their skills as they are introduced to new grammar and vocabulary. Supplementary materials are implemented to enhance language use. Aspects of culture are emphasized through films and literature. There is a greater emphasis on assessment through projects and presentations.

  • Honors

    SPANISH IV HONORS
    1 Unit

    Successful completion of Spanish III & above level proficiency on the speaking section of the Checkpoint ‘B’ Exam. This course is designed to provide a challenging opportunity to advanced students who wish to further their knowledge of the Spanish Language. It will include: advanced grammar and sentence structures, reading compositions and literature, speaking and writing projects and use of a variety of media.

    ADVANCED SPANISH HONORS - SJU
    1 Unit

    Semester 1 This course continues building oral and written proficiency with intensive reading and conversation within the context of the culture. The class is taught in Spanish and students are required to speak Spanish in class. Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3 SJU credits) 
    Semester 2 This course is a continuation of the College Spanish course. It continues building oral proficiency with intensive conversation within the context of the culture. The class is taught in Spanish and students are required to speak Spanish in class.

  • ASL Elective

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I
    ½ Unit

    This course is designed to teach basic conversational skills in American Sign Language and awareness of various aspects of deafness. This course will present the student with the structure, conversational vocabulary and grammatical principles of ASL while also focusing on the historical, cultural, and social aspects of deafness. Students will develop beginner level signing ability in the area of receptive and expressive skills.

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
    ½ Unit

    This course will continue development of manual fluency in American Sign Language. Emphasis is placed on expressive and receptive conversational skills. The course provides information of historical, cultural, and social perspectives of ASL. This is an immersion program, which mea