"When we teach languages, we offer students a broader view of the outside world and a deeper view of their world. That’s the magis."

— Thomas Farren '94, Department Chair, Modern Language

Modern Language

FrenchGermanSpanishChineseRussian
  • French I
  • Hon. French I
  • French II
  • Hon. French II
  • French III
  • Hon. French III
  • French IV
  • Hon. French IV  
  • German I
  • Hon. German I  
  • German II
  • German III
  • German IV
  • Spanish I
  • Hon. Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Hon. Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Hon. Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Hon. Spanish IV  
  • AP Spanish IV
  • Mandarin Chinese I
  • Mandarin Chinese II
  • Mandarin Chinese III 
  • Mandarin Chinese IV
  • Mandarin Chinese V
  • Russian I

 

MLA 201 - French I

The aim of the Level I course is to stress the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Students become familiar with common expressions and vocabulary, as well as basic sentence structures and tenses of verbs. The course also offers an introduction to the culture, civilization and geography of the countries where the target language is spoken.

MLA 205 - Honors French I

Students admitted to Honors French I will follow the normal French I syllabus in a more accelerated fashion. In addition, the student will be responsible for monthly writing assignments and a final presentation in French.

Prerequisite: Incoming freshmen should have completed at least two years of French at the elementary level. They must provide information about the French courses taken at their elementary school and provide a letter of recommendation from their modern language teacher. Students having no prior French experience may apply for placement, based on recommendations and grades from eighth grade. Current freshmen must have a GPA of 3.5 at the end of the second semester and must secure a recommendation from two current teachers.

MLA 301 - French II

This course is conducted in the target language. Communication skills are expanded to an intermediate level. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group work, individual and group writing projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the students' appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Incoming freshmen or current freshmen may be required to take a placement test for admission to this course without having completed Level I at The Prep.

Prerequisite
MLA 201 or
MLA 205 or
placement test

MLA 305 - Honors French II

In this course, students cover the syllabus for French II at a more accelerated pace and may be required to complete monthly writing assignments and a final project in French.

Prerequisite: Completion of level I at the Prep and an "A" average in the course as of the 3rd marking period. Approval of the French I/Honors French I instructor is required. In certain situations, a student with a "B+" who has demonstrated proficiency and interest in the language may be admitted to this course with the recommendation of the current instructor and the approval of the department chair.

Incoming freshmen or current freshmen may be required to take a placement test for admission to this course without having completed Level I at The Prep.

MLA 401 - French III

The Level III course is conducted almost entirely in the target language. Advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary help the students to improve their accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing the target language. Students develop the ability to express their needs and preferences and to carry on extended conversations. Short stories, articles, video and other materials are used to strengthen skills and further develop cross-cultural awareness.

Prerequisite
MLA 301 or
MLA 305

MLA 409 - Honors French III

This course is conducted entirely in the target language. In addition to the normal French III syllabus, students engage in writing/speaking projects on a monthly basis and must complete a presentation in French at the end of the year.

Prerequisite: An "A" in French II at the end of the first semester and the approval of the French II instructor.  Students must sign a "French-only" contract to be admitted to this course. In certain situations, a student with a "B+" who has demonstrated proficiency and interest in the language may be admitted to this course with the recommendation of the French II instructor and the approval of the department chair.

MLA 406 - French IV

This advanced course is conducted entirely in the language. A variety of literary, historical and cultural readings are used to increase the student's facility in using the language. Advanced grammar topics are introduced to help the student to become a more proficient writer. Participation in class discussions is emphasized and frequent student presentations in the target language are expected. Several feature films supplement the course material.

Successful completion of level III and the approval of the level III instructor are required.

MLA 410 - Honors French IV

This advanced course is conducted entirely in the language. A variety of literary, historical and cultural readings are used to increase the student's facility in the language. Advanced grammar and vocabulary is thoroughly reviewed and serve as a basis for advanced writing and a survey of literature from France and other francophone countries. Students will complete various writing assignments and projects during the course.

Students must sign a "French-only" contract. Successful completion of level III and the approval of the level III instructor and the department chair are required.

MLA 202 - German I

The aim of the Level I course is to stress the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Students become familiar with common expressions and vocabulary, as well as basic sentence structures and tenses of verbs. The course also offers an introduction to the culture, civilization and geography of the countries where the target language is spoken.

MLA 302 - German II

This course is conducted in the target language. Communication skills are expanded to an intermediate level. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group work, individual and group writing projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the students' appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Incoming freshmen or current freshmen may be required to take a placement test for admission to this course without having completed Level I at The Prep.

Prerequisite
MLA 202 or
placement test

MLA 402 - German III

The Level III course is conducted almost entirely in the target language. Advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary help the students to improve their accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing the target language. Students develop the ability to express their needs and preferences and to carry on extended conversations. Short stories, articles, video and other materials are used to strengthen skills and further develop cross-cultural awareness.

Prerequisite
MLA 302

MLA 407 - German IV

This advanced course is conducted entirely in the language. A variety of literary, historical and cultural readings are used to increase the student's facility in using the language. Advanced grammar topics are introduced to help the student to become a more proficient writer. Participation in class discussions is emphasized and frequent student presentations in the target language are expected. Several feature films supplement the course material.

Successful completion of level III and the approval of the level III instructor are required.

MLA 203 - Spanish I

The aim of the Level I course is to stress the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Students become familiar with common expressions and vocabulary, as well as basic sentence structures and tenses of verbs. The course also offers an introduction to the culture, civilization and geography of the countries where the target language is spoken.

MLA 204 - Honors Spanish I

Students admitted to Honors Spanish I will follow the normal Spanish I syllabus in a more accelerated fashion. In addition, the student will be responsible for monthly writing assignments and a final presentation in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Incoming freshmen should have completed at least two years of Spanish at the elementary level. They must provide information about the Spanish courses taken at their elementary school and provide a letter of recommendation from their modern language teacher. Students having no prior Spanish experience may apply for placement, based on recommendations and grades from eighth grade. Current freshmen must have a GPA of 3.5 at the end of the second semester and must secure a recommendation from two current teachers.

MLA 303 - Spanish II

This course is conducted in the target language. Communication skills are expanded to an intermediate level. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group work, individual and group writing projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the students' appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Incoming freshmen or current freshmen may be required to take a placement test for admission to this course without having completed Level I at The Prep.

Prerequisite
MLA 203 or
MLA 204 or
placement test

MLA 304 - Honors Spanish II

In this course, students cover the syllabus for Spanish II at a more accelerated pace and may be required to complete monthly writing assignments and a final project in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level I at The Prep and an "A" average in the course as of the first semester. Approval of the Spanish I instructor is required. In certain situations, a student with a "B+" who has demonstrated proficiency and interest in the language may be admitted to this course with the recommendation of the Spanish I instructor and the approval of the department chair

Incoming freshmen or current freshmen may be required to take a placement test for admission to this course without having completed Level I at The Prep.

MLA 403 - Spanish III

The Level III course is conducted almost entirely in the target language. Advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary help the students to improve their accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing the target language. Students develop the ability to express their needs and preferences and to carry on extended conversations. Short stories, articles, video and other materials are used to strengthen skills and further develop cross-cultural awareness.

Prerequisite
MLA 303 or
MLA 304

MLA 404 - Honors Spanish III

This course is conducted entirely in the target language. In addition to the normal Spanish III syllabus, students engage in writing/speaking projects on a monthly basis and must complete a presentation in Spanish at the end of the year.

Prerequisite: An "A" in Spanish II at the end of the first semester and the approval of the Spanish II instructor. Students must sign a "Spanish-only" contract to be admitted to this course. In certain situations, a student with a "B+" who has demonstrated proficiency and interest in the language may be admitted to this course with the recommendation of the Spanish II instructor and the approval of the department chair.

MLA 405 - Spanish IV

This advanced course is conducted entirely in the language. A variety of literary, historical and cultural readings are used to increase the student's facility in using the language. Advanced grammar topics are introduced to help the student to become a more proficient writer. Participation in class discussions is emphasized and frequent student presentations in the target language are expected. Several feature films supplement the course material.

Successful completion of level III and the approval of the level III instructor are required.

MLA 408 - Honors Spanish IV

This advanced course is conducted entirely in the language. A variety of literary, historical and cultural readings are used to increase the student's facility in the language. Advanced grammar and vocabulary is thoroughly reviewed and serve as a basis for advanced writing and a survey of Spanish/Hispanic literature. Students will complete various writing assignments and projects during the course.

Students must sign a "Spanish-only" contract. Successful completion of level III and the approval of the level III instructor and the department chair are required.

MLA 411 - AP Spanish IV

The Advanced Placement Spanish Language course covers the equivalent material of a college-level course. This advanced course is conducted entirely in the language, and students are expected to be proficient in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Advanced grammar and vocabulary are thoroughly reviewed and serve as the basis for advanced writing and a survey of Spanish/Hispanic literature. Students will complete various writing assignments and projects during the course. They are also required to take the College Board AP Examination in May.

Prerequisite: Students must sign a "Spanish-only" contract. Successful completion of Spanish III at The Prep and an "A" average in the course as of the first semester. Approval of the Spanish III instructor is required. In certain situations, a student with a "B+" who has demonstrated proficiency and interest in the language may be admitted to this course with the recommendation of the Spanish III instructor and the approval of the department chair.

MLA 501 - Mandarin Chinese I

The aim of the Level I course is to stress the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Students learn the writing system of Mandarin Chinese characters, the Latinized pinyin writing system, as well as tone and pitch of words. Students become familiar with common expressions and vocabulary, as well as basic sentence structures and tenses of verbs. The course also offers an introduction to the culture, civilization and geography of the countries where the target language is spoken. Admittance to class is through approval of the department chair.

MLA 502 - Mandarin Chinese II

This course is conducted as much as possible in the target language. Communication skills are expanded to an intermediate level. Students enhance their knowledge of the writing system of Mandarin Chinese characters, the Latinized pinyin writing system, as well as tone and pitch of words. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group work, individual and group writing projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the students’ appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese I at The Prep. Any student wishing to take this course without Chinese I at The Prep will be required to take a placement test for admission, which includes speaking, writing and listening comprehension sections.

MLA 503 - Mandarin Chinese III

This course continues to build on the skills developed in Mandarin Chinese II. Communication skills are expanded to an intermediate level. Students enhance their knowledge of the writing system of Mandarin Chinese characters, as well as tone and pitch of words. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group work, individual and group writing projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the students’ appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese I and II at The Prep. Any student wishing to take this course without these earlier courses at The Prep will be required to take a placement test for admission, which includes speaking, writing and listening comprehension sections.

MLA 504 - Mandarin Chinese IV

This course continues to build on the skills developed in Mandarin Chinese III. Communication skills are expanded to an intermediate level. Students enhance their knowledge of speaking, recognition, listening comprehension skills, as well as writing system of Mandarin Chinese characters. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group works, individual and group speaking projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the student’s appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese I, II and III at The Prep. Any student wishing to take this course without this earlier course at The Prep will be required to take a placement test for admission, which includes speaking, listening comprehension and writing sections.

MLA 505 - Mandarin Chinese V

This course continues to build on the skills developed in Mandarin Chinese IV. Communication skills are deepened at an intermediate level. Students enhance their knowledge of speaking, recognition, listening comprehension skills, as well as writing system of Mandarin Chinese characters and the Latinized pinyin writing system,. Students learn to function in a real-life context, building vocabulary skills that help them to function in practical situations. Class activities include small group works, individual and group speaking projects, as well as individual projects that enhance the student’s appreciation of the culture and civilization of the target country.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese I, II, III, and IV at The Prep. Any student wishing to take this course without this earlier course at The Prep will be required to take a placement test for admission, which includes speaking, listening comprehension and writing sections. 

MLA 601 - San Ignacio de Loyola - 1/2 Credit

This course is an introduction to the works of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus and it is intended for students with a strong knowledge of Spanish. We will focus on St. Ignatius’ autobiography as it was told to Luis González de Cámara between 1553 and 1556 and we will complement this text with some of his letters and excerpts of his Spiritual Exercises and the Constitutions. We will analyze and reflect on St. Ignatius’ work through a close reading of selected passages in their original language as well as translations of St. Ignatius’ texts. This discussion-based class will be held in English and Spanish .The requirements for this course include weekly writing assignments, presentations and a final paper. This course, which is open to both juniors and seniors, is a free elective that does not satisfy the Departmental language requirement.

Prerequisite
Completion of Spanish III

MLA 602 - Hispanic World: Literature and Film - 1/2 Credit

This is an advanced elective course designed to expand the student’s vocabulary and refine his communicative skills to express fully ideas and thoughts. The student will further develop his ability to read, analyze and offer comments on a text, and he will write critical essays based on contemporary literary works from the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to reading short stories, poems, plays and novels, the student will learn more about key literary, cultural and social issues through films and journalistic articles. Active participation is an essential element for success in this course. This course, which is open to both juniors and seniors, is a free elective that does not satisfy the Departmental language requirement.

Prerequisite
Completion of Spanish III

MLA 603 - Russian I

These courses introduce students to the Russian language and focus mainly on the communicative goal of learning a foreign language which is the interpretative, conversational and presentational modes of communication. Nevertheless, the cultural comparisons and connections goals will also be addressed (e.g., geopolitical location, its communist history, and its current political situation). This course focuses the application of the language in communicative tasks. Thus, this course is especially valuable for students who are generally interested in history, international relations, and/or business and economy. As the frequency with which colleges are offering courses in Russian language and culture is on the rise, this course makes a great elective and will prepare students well for their continued study at the undergraduate level.

This course, which is open to both juniors and seniors, is a free elective that does not satisfy the Departmental language requirement.

Prerequisite: Juniors and seniors who have completed the Modern Language Requirement.

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
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