US World Languages
- Advanced Latin Poetry Honors
- AP French Language & Culture
- AP Latin
- AP Spanish Language & Culture
- French I
- French II
- French II Honors
- French III
- French III Honors
- French IV
- French V
- French World Literature Honors
- Latin II Honors
- Latin III Honors
- Latin IV Honors
- Spanish I
- Spanish II
- Spanish II Honors
- Spanish III
- Spanish III Honors
- Spanish IV
- Spanish V
- Spanish V Literature Honors
This course surveys the works of Catullus and Ovid while exposing students to selections of poetry and prose from a wide range of Roman authors. Active understanding of the grammar and syntax covered in Latin I-III and a good working Latin vocabulary is assumed. After a brief review of Latin grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills, students will read selected poems of Catullus and the myths of Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pymalion and Galetea, Daedalus and Icarus, and Baucis and Philemon as retold by Ovid, as well as selections from Ovid’s "Amores." We will also cover the lives and times of Gaius Valerius Catullus and Publius Ovidius Naso and their works’ place in the history of literature. As soon as students have acquired some experience with the material, we will begin to work with sample AP questions in order to build familiarity with AP format and college-level analysis.
This course prepares qualified students for the College Board AP Exam in French Language. Conducted exclusively in French, this course is an intensive study of the French language which uses a variety of cultural, historical and literary materials. Successful completion of the course may result in college credit.
This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of two iconic pieces of Latin literature, Vergil’s "Aeneid" and Caesar's "Commentarii de Bello Gallico,"while preparing them for the AP Latin examination. Students continue to develop skills in literal translation, sight-reading, scansion of meter and literary criticism. The course focuses on reading Latin critically in order to identify and discuss key themes and introduces students to evaluating and building upon scholarly commentary and secondary literature written in English.
This course prepares qualified students for the College Board AP Exam in Spanish Language. Students hone practical language skills by increasing their grammatical control and augmenting their range of vocabulary, particularly idiomatic expressions. In addition, students increase their appreciation of Hispanic literature and culture through immersion with a wide range of authentic print and audio materials. Successful completion of the course may result in college credit.
French II Honors (for accelerated French C students from the Pace Middle School and students recommended from French I in the Upper School) builds students' proficiency at an accelerated pace, developing aural understanding, reading comprehension and oral expression on a more advanced level. Vocabulary acquisition and exploration of advanced grammar topics continue to be key components.
French III Honors expands on students' skills from French II Honors, completing their knowledge of the major structures of the language. Intensive building of thematic vocabulary and idiomatic expressions enables students to express themselves more accurately in a wide range of situations. Readings consist of authentic news and magazine articles as well as short literary selections.
This course incorporates a review of essential grammatical structures and verb tenses so students may refine understanding to increase fluidity of expression. Students enhance aural understanding through the use of audio materials and increase oral proficiency through the use of paired activities during class and podcasts created outside of class. In addition to text-based reading, the course includes a variety of supplementary readings—from literary to topical— from the Francophone world.
This course is for students who have completed either Survey of Literature or French Language AP. Students will explore works by African, European and Canadian authors as a way to enhance their understanding and appreciation for the richness and variety of francophone literature outside the French mainland.
Latin II Honors is an accelerated continuation of Middle School Latin C. Students complete the text series and make the transition to reading the works of ancient authors such as Livy and Caesar. Students continue to strengthen their language skills with regular review and practice of all aspects of the language. Roman history and Greek and Roman mythology are treated in some depth.
Latin III Honors explores authentic Latin prose dating from the mid-Republic to the rise of Christianity. Students read selections from numerous authors, including Cicero, Pliny, and Tacitus. Students move from focusing on what the text says to examining more thoroughly how and why the author presents events in a particular fashion. An introduction to Latin poetry in the spring semester allows students to preview content similar to that of Latin IV Honors and AP Vergil while building the analytical skills emphasized in those courses.
Latin IV Honors examines authentic selections of Latin prose and poetry from the works of Roman authors, including Petronius, Apuleius, Cicero, Vergil, Ovid and Martial. Designed as an opportunity to continue to build facility with vocabulary, grammar and syntax while acquiring newer skills such as metrical analysis and literary criticism, Latin IV Honors may serve either as a bridge to AP Vergil or as a capstone to a student’s Latin experience at Pace.
Spanish II Honors (for accelerated Spanish C students from the Pace Middle School and students recommended from Spanish I) builds students' proficiency at an accelerated pace, developing aural understanding, reading comprehension and oral expression on a more advanced level. Vocabulary acquisition and exploration of advanced grammar topics continue to be key components.
Spanish III Honors immerses students in using and understanding Spanish in a variety of real-life situations. Students significantly improve their ability to express themselves orally and in writing, enhancing their vocabulary and control of advanced grammatical structures. Students continue to increase their understanding of authentic print and audio materials.
Spanish IV is an elective course which promotes students' ability to communicate in diverse, authentic cultural and linguistic situations. Students use a variety of print and electronic media. Vocabulary acquisition and increased grammatical control continue to be integral to the course work, especially through less structured writing assignments and class presentations.
Spanish V is an advanced intermediate course designed to increase students' ability to read both literary and non-literary prose critically, using short texts and films as a means to explore past and contemporary cultural issues in the Hispanic world. The course places particular emphasis on improving students' formal writing as they address important themes of the works studied. Students hone their oral proficiency during class discussion, conducted exclusively in Spanish, and continue to expand their vocabulary and increase their grammatical control as they engage with the work of the class.
Spanish V Honors introduces students to literary criticism by leading them through a chronological survey of the important literary schools of the Hispanic world from the Medieval period to the present, with a special focus on poetry and short stories. Students study both the works and biographies of important authors as well as explore the relationship among the arts and societies of different time periods. A primary goal of the course is to prepare students for their first Spanish literature course in college.