World Languages


“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

Cambridge Prep believes that learning a second language and culture is an important part of living in and understanding our global community. World Languages offered include Mandarin, and Spanish. Based on their proficiency, students are placed at the appropriate level of their world language when they matriculate at Cambridge Prep.

Madarin



Mandarin

Mandarin I
This course is a beginning course for students who have no or limited background in Mandarin, other Chinese dialects, or picture languages. Using authentic texts, practical strategies, modern technology, and regular formative and summative assessments on a regular basics, students gain a basic understanding of Chinese language and culture. Students will be able to type, use the Chinese phonic system (pinyin), and talk about a variety of simple topics.

Mandarin II
This course is for students who have completed the first year of Mandarin study. Multiple authentic texts and a variety of readings including beginning novels are used to help students become more confident in reading and speaking Mandarin. Students acquire a more natural Mandarin accent, type faster, and recognize about 1,000 Chinese characters.

Mandarin II Honors
This course is for students who have completed the first year of Mandarin study and are capable of working at an honors level. Multiple authentic texts and a variety of readings including beginning novels are used to help students become more confident in reading and speaking Mandarin. Students acquire a more natural Mandarin accent, type faster, and recognize about 1,000 Chinese characters.

Mandarin III
During the third year of Mandarin study, students are immersed in a Mandarin speaking environment. Texts and readings are not only age-appropriate, but also include topics that are more meaningful to them, such as diet, community, and environment. Students completing Mandarin III are prepared to take the SAT Subject Test in Chinese.

Mandarin III Honors
During the third year of Mandarin study, students are immersed in a Mandarin speaking environment. Texts and readings are not only age-appropriate, but also include topics that are more meaningful to them, such as diet, community, and environment. Students completing Mandarin III are prepared to take the SAT Subject Test in Chinese and are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture course in the following year.

Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture
This course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and the five goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture. It focuses on language proficiency while interweaving level- and age- appropriate cultural content throughout the course and providing for frequent formative assessment of students’ developing proficiencies within the context of their learning. Instructional materials and activities are carefully and strategically adapted from authentic sources to support the linguistic and cultural goals of the course.

Directed Study in Mandarin
Students wishing to pursue advanced work in the study of Mandarin or Chinese culture may propose a directed course of study. Potential courses of study include Asian history, Chinese literature, and advanced Mandarin grammar.

Spanish
Spanish I
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Spanish II
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Spanish III
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Advanced Placement Spanish Language
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Directed Study in Spanish
Students wishing to pursue advanced work in the study of Spanish language or culture may propose a directed course of study. Potential courses of study include Spanish, Mexican, or Latin American history, Spanish literature, and advanced Spanish grammar.