World Languages

The benefits of being fluent in a second language are being better understood every day from global understanding to career opportunities. Five levels of Spanish and five levels of German are provided by the world language department. A student may begin Spanish or German as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Advanced placement opportunities are also available to earn college credits if a required score is achieved.


German l

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 This course develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will learn how to exchange information and express attitudes and feelings, as well as give opinions in the target language. A wide variety of methods are used to acquaint the students with the German language, culture, history, and tradition.

German 2

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: German l

Emphasis is on communicating in German and developing greater proficiency in the language through vocabulary expansion, as well as more advanced grammar structures. Students will be able to get and exchange more complex information, as well as make suggestions and describe situations.

College in the Schools German

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: German 2

This course is designed by the University of Minnesota and meets U of M degree credit requirements. Students will expand their fluency skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. Learning the necessary grammar patterns will continue to be an essential part of the student’s learning during this course.

German 4

Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: German 3

This course is for students who wish to improve their fluency in German. Students will expand their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing German in more complex situations. They will explore contemporary issues, as well as use literature from the past and present.

AP German (German 5)

Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Offered to WSHS students who have successfully completed German 4.

German 5 will offer advanced German language students opportunities to increase their fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. NOTE: A senior whose achievement is outstanding in advanced German curriculum (course 5011-5183) is encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination that is administered in May. Credit and/or advanced placement is awarded according to individual college/university policy. (See a counselor for clarification.)


Spanish l

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Spanish 1 is a beginning course focusing on basic vocabulary and grammatical concepts. Students learn through a variety of activities and games. Culture is also studied. Two important elements are the teacher’s use of spoken Spanish and the development of good listening skills. As the class progresses, the students understand more and gain confidence in their skills.

Spanish 2

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Spanish l

This course will build on the foundation established in Spanish 1. Vocabulary expansion, verb use, and grammatical concepts will be emphasized. A variety of activities and games will be used to work toward developing comprehension of written and spoken Spanish, as well as a beginning proficiency in reading and writing in Spanish.

Spanish 3

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Spanish 2

The course objective is to increase the student's vocabulary and fluency in Spanish so that the student can speak and write Spanish more effectively. Vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and culture will be integrated into communicative activities. The video series will be used to build listening skills and language proficiency.

Spanish 4

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Spanish 3

The objective of this course is to expand the student’s fluency. Students will continue to develop the ability to communicate in a variety of situations, by speaking and writing in Spanish. They will expand vocabulary and reading comprehension by reading a novel, and will improve listening comprehension while completing a video series.

AP Spanish (Spanish 5)

Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Spanish 4

The objective of this course is to bring students to a comfortable level of comprehension of the Spanish language and help them prepare for college entrance exams. Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through studying the history, culture, and politics of Spanish speaking countries. The Advanced Placement Examination is not a requirement for this course.

Susan Larsen

World Language Teacher

Kim Penrod

World Language Teacher, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Anne Simon

World Language Teacher