Canterbury students can choose to study one of three languages—Spanish, French, or Latin, progressing as far as the AP level. Multiple members of the language faculty are Native Speakers, including several Spanish teachers. The department uses the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) method to engage students in the language and encourage fluency and comprehension. Because our students are part of a global community, they not only learn the language but also study the culture. When possible, our students travel abroad to refine their skills through interactions with native speakers. For example, each year in the Spanish exchange program, a group of Canterbury students spend six weeks in Mallorca after their Spanish counterparts have spent several weeks at Canterbury. For more information on the language curriculums, see the Academic Guide.
- Learn about current events in Spain or France by listening to and watching news clips in those languages.
- Read Don Quixote in Spanish.
- View the movie Jean de Florette in French and write a critique of the movie in French.
- Converse in your new language with a Canterbury student from that country.
- Participate in a class discussion about school life without using a word of English.
- Record your responses to a classroom assignment in Spanish and download it to your computer.
- Host a Spanish student as part of the exchange program.
- Spend six weeks in Spain with a Spanish family, attending a Spanish school.
- Join a school trip to France, Haiti, or Nicaragua.
- Take an imaginary trip abroad through immersion in the art, music, and sports of Spain or France.
Chair: Keiko Mathewson
The Language Department strives to instill in each student a love for the language and cultures studied and the satisfaction derived from the relative mastery of a second language.
- FRENCH 1
- FRENCH 2
- FRENCH 3
- FRENCH 4
- AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
- SPANISH 1
- SPANISH 2
- SPANISH 3
- SPANISH 4
- SPANISH 5
- AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
- AP SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE
In French 1 the students acquire useful, high frequency vocabulary. By the end of the first year, the students are able to express themselves in the present and past tenses. Thematic vocabulary includes family, home, school schedule and sports, clothes and colors, numbers and dates, and life at Canterbury. Text: Raconte-moi encore! Student Text and mini novels Pirates français des Caraïbes and Pauvre Anne.
By the end of Level 2 the students are studying the basics of the subjunctive mood. Students in French 2 master the past tenses, the imparfait and the passé composé. Thematic topics of vocabulary include talking on the phone and sending texts, personal relationships, life at home and at Canterbury, going on a date, fashion, shopping, school life. Text: Raconte moi encore! Student Text and mini novels Le voyage perdu and Où est passé Martin?
In French 3 the students round out their study of French grammar, continue the mastery of the past tenses and future, conditional and subjunctive. An emphasis on oral and more advanced written communication also continues at this level. We use video clips to expose the students to native speakers. Text: Look I'm really talking! and mini novel Les yeux de Carmen.
Honors section available.
In French 4 the students refine their grammar through a final review of the major grammatical topics and verb tenses. In addition, the students study culture through film, original literature, and music. A series of film shorts supplements the classroom. Text: Une Fois pour Toutes, Prentice Hall, 2009. Honors section available.
Students in the AP Language class prepare for the AP Language and Culture exam. Conducted exclusively in French, the course continues to develop all the language skills. The students also compose and express more complex thoughts and ideas, review grammar, and become familiar with the format of the AP exam. Though the AP exam is the final assessment, this class continues the acquisition of structures and fine-tunes language use and skills. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP French Language exam in May. Text: Imaginez, Vista Higher Learning 2nd Edition, 2012.
In Level 1 the students acquire useful, high frequency vocabulary. By the end of the first year, the students are able to express themselves effectively in the present tense and can recognize the past tenses. Thematic vocabulary includes family, home, school schedule and sports, at the airport, clothes and colors, numbers and dates, and life at Canterbury. Text: ¡Cuéntame Más! Student Text and mini-novels Piratas del Caribe and Robo en la Noche
By the end of Level 2 the students are studying the basics of the subjunctive mood. Students in Spanish 2 master the past tenses, the imperfect and preterit. Thematic topics of vocabulary include talking on the phone and sending texts, personal relationships, life at home and at Canterbury, going on a date, fashion, shopping and school life. Text: ¡Cuéntame mucho! Student Text and mini-novels Los Baker van al Perú, La maldición de la cabeza reducida, and La llorona de Mazátlan.
In Spanish 3 the students complete their study of grammar, focusing on the perfect tenses and the subjunctive. We continue the emphasis on oral and more advanced written communication at this level. Students who have shown a knack and ease with the language may be selected for the honors Spanish 3 class where we begin to focus on Advanced Placement tasks. Text: ¡Cuánto me cuentas!, and mini-novels La Mara Salvatrucha, Rebeldes de Tejas, and La Calaca Alegre or Noche de Oro and La Vampirata.
Honors section available.
In Spanish 4 the students refine their grammar through a final, sweeping review of the major grammatical topics and verb tenses. In addition, the students study culture through film, original literature, and music. A series of film shorts supplement the learning. Mini-novels: Felipe Alou: Desde las valles a las montañas, La Guerra Sucia and La Hija Del Sastre.
Honors section available.
In Spanish 5, we study a broad range of cultural topics from the Spanish-speaking world. The first semester focuses on Spain and the second focuses on Central and South America and the Caribbean. The students practice what they have learned in their previous years of Spanish through the exploration of various topics related to the Spanish-speaking world. Students in the course drive the curriculum, but planned topics are: a brief history of Spain and Spanish-speaking America, the pros and cons of bull fighting, countries and capitals of the Spanish speaking world, main cities and regions of Spain and Europe. The students learn about topics in current events from the Spanish-speaking world from on-line Spanish news outlets.
Conducted exclusively in Spanish, the course continues to develop language skills. They also compose and express more complex thoughts and ideas, review grammar, and become familiar with the format of the AP exam. Though the AP exam is the final assessment, this class continues language acquisition and fine-tunes language use and skills. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP Spanish Language exam in May. Text: Galería de arte y vida.
Students in this class read representative prose (short story, novel and essay), poetry and drama from the Spanish-speaking world. It is a survey course that follows the reading list published by the College Board. The students make connections between the works read and the historical period and regions in which they were written. Students develop a deeper understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP Spanish Literature exam in May. Text: Azulejo: Anthology and guide for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course, 2nd Edition.