Friday, February 10, 2012

2012-2013 Program of Studies now available!

The program of studies is now available for the 2012-2013 school year. Please click here or click on the Program of Studies tab above to view the courses offered in the World Language Department.

We are proud to offer four languages at Arlington High School, and are excited to announce some new courses and electives for students:

  • Spanish Cinema & French Cinema: Year 5 French and Spanish courses (generally taken by seniors) will now be focused on studying film to enhance conversational skills. These courses are a university-style alternative to the AP courses we offer.
  • Español para Hispanohablantes: Students who speak Spanish at home or have recently moved to the United States will be able to focus on developing reading and writing skills in their native language. This course will help prepare them for upper-level Spanish classes, such as AP. This course will count towards the graduation requirement for language classes.
  • Digital Language Course: In order to bring a wider variety of languages to our students, we are working with Brigham and Young University's Independent Study program, where students can choose from the following languages which they will study online: Arabic, ASL, German, Japanese, Russian. There is a fee associated with this course. Please click here for more information. This course does not count towards the graduation requirement.
  • Introduction to Linguistics: This semester-long course will give students an overview of Linguistics. What is it?  What is language? Why is the study of language important?  This course does not count towards the graduation requirement.
  • Endangered Languages: In this semester-long course, students will "adpot" an endangered language, which they will study in depth. What are endangered languages? Why should we care about them? Where are they spoken?  This course does not count towards the graduation requirement.
Please speak to your teacher or contact the Director with any questions.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Middle School Latin Club Field Trip

On Thursday, January 19th,eighteen students from the Ottoson Latin Club took a field trip to the Museum of Science to see the special Pompeii exhibit. Students saw a presentation about the science behind the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD which caused the destruction of Pompeii . In the Pompeii exhibit itself, students observed authentic artifacts from the excavation of Pompeii, ranging from carbonized bread to wall paintings to gold jewelry. Students got an up close view of some plaster casts of humans and animals from Pompeii, which capture those humans and animals at the exact moment of their death. Students also had the opportunity to explore the science of archaeology, specifically what methods and processes archaeologists use to make sense of the ancient artifacts in order to determine new understandings about the past. It was a very exciting and educational day for all who attended!

6th and 7th grade girls are mesmerized by the Audiokinetic Sculpture.

Two 7th grade girls smile for the camera.

A student observes and ponders the plaster cast of a dog at the Pompeii exhibit.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Day of iPods in the World Language Department!

Students in Catherine Ritz's French class today were the first to get their hands on the new iPod Touches, funded through a grant from the Arlington Education Foundation. Matt Pisano, from the Technology Department, set up wifi in the World Language wing, and configured the iPods so they can be synced simultaneously. (Thank you Matt!)

To test out the Touches in class today, Catherine had students create photo stories with audio narrations using a free app called VoiceThread. Students have been practicing speaking in the past tense, so the assignment was straightforward: make up any story you want and narrate it using the two past tenses in French. The class didn't need much to get them going! Students went out in the hall to take pictures, pointed the iPod out the window to snap photos, and one pair even pulled out a small toy giraffe to pose for them! After the students took their pictures, they went back and recorded a sentence for each picture describing what was happening. Finally, they emailed their creations to Catherine, who posted them on her class blog: Any students who finished early spent time exploring the many language-related apps that Catherine had already loaded onto all the iPods. (Although a French class, most students were very excited to listen to the radio in Chinese!)

Here are some photos of the class at work:

Here's a sample creation:

Chinese Watercolors

In Xiaqing Rotstein's Mandarin 2 class at the high school, students practice not only their language skills, but their artistic ones as well! Ms. Rotstein regularly gives them painting lessons using traditional Chinese techniques. Today, students used brush techniques to recreate ancient watercolors.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Take a Tour of Beijing with Mr. Bo Yu

Mr. Bo Yu, our Foreign Exchange Teacher at Arlington High School who is teaching Mandarin for the 2011-2012 school year, will take us on a photo tour of Beijing on March 7, 2012 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Arlington High Media Center.

Mr. Yu, is from Beijing, China and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language from Capital Normal University of China. He has taught English at Beijing No. 4 High School (2,100 students and 150 teachers), one of the most prestigious high schools in China, since 2008. In addition to the English Language courses that he has been teaching there, he conducts elective courses on Chinese Traditional Culture, as well as Beijing Tourism. This year he is teaching Mandarin to Arlington High school students and has also introduced them to Chinese history and culture. He is also working with Arlington middle and elementary school students and has quickly become a well loved and respected teacher at all levels.

Mr. Yu will take us on a tour of Beijing and its rich history and culture using photographs to bring the sites to us.

All are invited to attend.  There is no cost to participants.