Goshen High School contact information

Robert McKiernan
Principal, grades 9-12

222 Scotchtown Ave.
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6100

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Central School District

World Languages Courses

Spanish I

Full year - One credit

In Spanish IA, students cover “checkpoint A” of the New York State syllabus for Spanish language. Thematic topics are introduced during the year, such as School and Education, Personal Identification, Weather and Seasons, Holidays, Sports and Leisure, House and Family, and Health. Emphasis is placed on the skills of listening, verbal communication and understanding. Each unit spirals upon the other so that students will improve their oral communication, reading ability, and writing skills. Besides thematic based conversations, students engage in student-centered, interactive activities to provide opportunities to practice their newly acquired second language. Cultural understanding is promoted through projects in which students compare the American and Hispanic cultures.

Spanish II

Full year - One credit

The prerequisite for this course is Spanish I. In Spanish II, students are preparing for “checkpoint B” of the New York State syllabus in Spanish language. The vocabulary and grammar of the thematic topics introduced in Spanish II are expanded throughout the year. Topics are developed through engaging communicative activities, such as role playing (travel agent and traveler) during our chapters on air and train travel, discussing one’s daily routine, learning about how technology fits into a multicultural world, and creating a menu for an imaginary restaurant. Multimodality is key to student retention at this level. Cultural understanding is promoted through projects (such as during National Foreign Language Week) and videos in which students compare and contrast the American and Hispanic cultures.

Spanish III

Full year - One credit

The prerequisite for this course is Spanish II. In Spanish III, students continue to cover “checkpoint B” of the New York State syllabus. Thematic topics covered include food, health care, passages of life, household chores, travel, good and bad manners, and art and literature. Oral communication in Spanish based on these themes is emphasized, as well as the skills of reading, writing and listening. Students are introduced to more advanced grammar including the subjunctive and imperative moods and the perfect tenses. Students are encouraged to interact in an impromptu manner with the teacher and with one another in the target language as much as possible. This course culminates in the Checkpoint B Examination.

Spanish IV

Full year - One credit

The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Spanish III and the Final Exam as required by NYS to receive the Advanced Regents Diploma. Emphasis is placed on the use of the target language during class. Students continue to develop writing skills, advanced grammar and vocabulary. Students learn about Spain and its geography, culture, history and food. A favorite activity is researching an authentic Spanish “tapa,” preparing it for the class, then creating a café within the classroom so each “tapa” can be sampled by all.

SUNY Orange: Spanish 203 (Spanish Conversation)

Grade 12 – One Semester – Three college credits from SUNY Orange

In this college-level Spanish course, students practice conversation which is based on readings of selected Spanish literature and write compositions based on models of Spanish prose. Students will also review and practice elementary grammar, as well as intermediate to advanced structures. Spanish art and artists will be explored and discussed, including El Greco, Velásquez, Goya, Dali, Picasso, Kahlo and Rivera.

SUNY Orange: Spanish 204 (Introduction to Spanish Literature)

Grade 12 – One Semester - Courses 203 and 204 culminate in one credit. Three college credits from SUNY Orange

In the second semester of this college-level sequence, students will read, analyze and discuss masterworks of Spanish and Spanish American literature. Advanced grammar structures are presented and incorporated into discussion and writing, with special attention given to the use of the subjunctive, present and past. New vocabulary is introduced and used to discuss key figures in contemporary and classical literature of the Hispanic world.

French I

Full year - One credit

In French I students cover “checkpoint A” of the New York State syllabus. Thematic topics covered include Personal Identity, School and Education, House and Family, and Food. Emphasis is placed on the skills of reading, writing, listening, and oral communication. Each unit spirals upon the other so that students will improve their oral communication, reading ability, and writing skills. Besides thematic based conversations, students engage in student-centered, interactive activities to provide opportunity to practice their newly acquired second language. Cultural understanding is developed as students compare and contrast American and French cultures on a regular basis.

French II

Full year - One credit

The prerequisite for this course is French I. In French II, students are preparing for “checkpoint B” of the New York State syllabus. Thematic topics covered include Personal Identity, Family, Sports, Cultural Activities, Health, Telecommunications, Travel (Plane/Train), Bank, Post Office, Food, and Travel (Car). This spiraling process improves the quality of oral communication, reading ability, and writing skills. Situational conversation practice in the target language continues to be stressed for each thematic unit. Cultural understanding is developed as students compare and contrast American and French cultures on a regular basis.

French III

Full year - One credit

The prerequisite for this course is French II. In French III, students continue to cover “checkpoint B” of the New York State syllabus. Thematic topics covered include Public Transport, Holidays, Manners & Etiquette, Professions and Vacations. Grammar topics review those covered in level II (past and future tenses, object pronouns) and expand upon them. New this year are the subjunctive mood, double object pronouns and the future perfect tense. Emphasis is placed on the skills of reading, writing, listening, and oral communication. Students work with a peer partner on a regular basis to ensure that they are using their newly acquired vocabulary and grammar skills. Projects during the year which enable practice of vocabulary, grammar and speaking skills include a greeting card, a children’s story and a travel advertisement. Cultural understanding is developed as students compare and contrast American and French cultures on a regular basis. This course culminates in the French final examination according to the New York State requirements.

French IV

Full year - One credit

The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of French III and a passing grade on the Checkpoint B Exam as required by New York State to receive the Advanced Regents Diploma. Emphasis is placed on comprehension and participation in the target language. The study of French literature is introduced with excerpts from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In this course, many previously taught grammar topics are revisited and more advanced grammar points are taught, adding several new verb tenses. Cultural understanding is enhanced with a more in-depth study of Francophone culture from around the world, French culture, including the geography of France and the origins of the French language.

SUNY Orange: French 203

Grade 12 – One Semester – Three college credits from SUNY Orange

In this college level French course, students will work through the first half of a teacher chosen text. Students will read literary selections and cultivate sensibility and sensitivity to French culture, history, and art. Students will understand and apply intermediate to advanced French grammar through oral and written assignments. Finally, students will ask and answer questions in French expressing judgment, doubt and uncertainty.

SUNY Orange: French 204

Grade 12 – One Semester - Courses 203 and 204 culminate in one credit. Three college credits from SUNY Orange

In the second semester of this college-level sequence, students will complete the second half of the text used in French 203. They will also chronologically advance their knowledge of French culture, history and art and continue their study of French grammar with emphasis on written and oral expression.

Intro to Latin Honors

Full year - One credit

Because most students who enroll in Latin already have experience in another foreign language, this course begins with a rapid presentation of the fundamental structure of Latin and intense practice in vocabulary, culture and derivation . There is an emphasis on reading development, and students will work individually, with peer partners and in groups. Projects include studies of mythology and Latin derivatives in English. Roman culture is illustrated daily and students have the opportunity to participate in a Saturnalia party.

Advanced Latin Honors

Full year - One credit

This is a continuation of the work that was started in the Latin I course. The subjunctive and gerundive are taught before students graduate to reading many of the famous Latin works: Livy, Caesar and Pliny. Projects will include studies of Roman authors, culture and history. Students will take the National Latin Exam in March and the Checkpoint B final examination in Latin at the end of the year. Because this class is generally small in size, Advanced Latin can be intimate and fun. Tangents can be followed into aspects of vocabulary in other languages or history and culture, thus broadening everyone’s horizons.

SUNY Orange: Elementary Italian I

One semester – ½ credit

This first course in SUNY Orange’s Italian sequence is a basic introduction to conversation, reading, writing, and grammar. Emphasis is placed on the skills of listening, verbal communication and understanding. Each unit spirals upon the other so that students will improve their oral communication, reading ability, and writing skills. Students will also learn about and discuss contemporary Italian events and culture. Italian courses are taught in evening sessions at Goshen High School. Students pay $40.00 per credit for these college-level courses. Upon successful completion of each course, students receive three SUNY Orange credits, which are transferable to all SUNY schools and most four-year colleges nationwide. Interested students should consult the Guidance Office or the Foreign Language Department Chair for eligibility requirements.

SUNY Orange: Elementary Italian II

One semester – ½ credit

This second course in SUNY Orange’s Italian sequence will help students develop their command of the Italian language through continued reading, writing speaking and advanced grammar study. Students will study more complex patterns, verb tenses, including subjunctive. Through reading, writing and speaking the target language, students will continue to learn about contemporary Italian events and culture. (Prerequisite: Elementary Italian I or instructor placement). Italian courses are taught in evening sessions at Goshen High School. Students pay $40.00 per credit for these college-level courses. Upon successful completion of each course, students receive three SUNY Orange credits, which are transferable to all SUNY schools and most four-year colleges nationwide. Interested students should consult the Guidance Office or the Foreign Language Department Chair for eligibility requirements.