World Languages

The Valor World Language Department strongly believes that it is essential for us as Christians to reach out in the name of Christ to other peoples of the world through their own languages and their own cultures. The primary aim of the World Language Department is that the Valor students be functionally fluent in their language of choice by the conclusion of their four years of study, and that they are equipped to use their language abilities to glorify God. In order to accomplish this, students will be immersed in their language of choice, and will participate in varied activities that focus on both the structure and use of their target language.

World Languages Department Courses

CHI 130: Chinese Novice I

Chinese Novice I offers students an environment in which to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of Chinese language and culture. Chinese Novice I is an interactive, story-based introduction to the language. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language completely comprehensible. Chinese Novice I is designed for students who have never studied the language. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students begin to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the first year, students will have significant guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students become familiar with the pinyin phonetic system for pronouncing and typing Mandarin, and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with some reference to traditional script.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

CHI 140: Chinese Novice II

Chinese Novice II offers students an environment in which to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of Chinese language and culture. Chinese Novice II is an interactive, story-based course. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language completely comprehensible. Chinese Novice II is designed for students who have studied the language for up to one year. The chief goals continue to be fluency and proficiency; students begin to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the first and second year, students will have significant guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students become familiar with the pinyin phonetic system for pronouncing and typing Mandarin, and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with some reference to traditional script.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

CHI 230: Chinese Intermediate I

Chinese Intermediate I offers students an environment in which to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of Chinese language and culture. Like Chinese Novice level courses, Chinese Intermediate I is an interactive, story-based curriculum. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language very comprehensible. Chinese Intermediate I is designed for students who have one year or more of high school Chinese language study. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the second year, students have ample guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more confidence with the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students use the pinyin phonetic system for pronouncing and typing Mandarin, and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with reference to traditional script.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Chinese Novice

CHI 240: Chinese Intermediate II

Chinese Intermediate II offers students an environment in which to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of Chinese language and culture. Like Chinese Novice level courses, Chinese Intermediate II is an interactive, story-based curriculum. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language very comprehensible. Chinese Intermediate II is designed for students who have one year or more of high school Chinese language study. The chief goals continue to be fluency and proficiency; students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the second and third year, students have ample guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students continue to acquire more confidence with the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students use the pinyin phonetic system for pronouncing and typing Mandarin, and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with reference to traditional script.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Chinese Novice

CHI 330: Chinese Advanced I

Chinese Advanced I offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Chinese language and culture. Chinese Advanced I is a cumulative and energetic curriculum that expands students’ competence with Chinese language and culture. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language comprehensible. Chinese Advanced I is designed for students who have two years or more of high school Chinese language study. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students ameliorate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the third year, students will have necessary guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more advanced and colloquial structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students use the pinyin phonetic system to type and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with reference to traditional script.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Chinese Intermediate

CHI 340: Chinese Advanced II

Chinese Advanced II offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Chinese language and culture. Chinese Advanced II is a cumulative and energetic curriculum that expands students’ competence with Chinese language and culture. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language comprehensible. Chinese Advanced II is designed for students who have two years or more of high school Chinese language study. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students further ameliorate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the third year, students will have necessary guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more advanced and colloquial structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students use the pinyin phonetic system to type and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with reference to traditional script.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Chinese Intermediate

CHI 430: Chinese Applied Language

Chinese Applied Language offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Chinese language and culture. Chinese Applied Language is a cumulative and energetic curriculum that expands students’ competence with Chinese language and culture. Chinese courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language comprehensible. Chinese Applied Language is designed for students who have two years or more of high school Chinese language study. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students ameliorate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. During this year, students will have necessary guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more advanced and colloquial structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Chinese culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students use the pinyin phonetic system to type and read in simplified script characters as used in Singapore and Mainland China with reference to traditional script.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Chinese Advanced

CHI 610: AP Chinese Language & Culture

The AP Chinese Language and Culture Course develops students’ communication in Chinese language at the Intermediate level. This includes communication in three modes:

  • Interpersonal: participating in oral and written dialogues and exchanges;
  • Interpretive: understanding what is read and heard; and
  • Presentational: speech and writing presented to others.

In addition to communication in Chinese as the foundation, modern and historic Chinese culture is embedded throughout the course. Students will develop greater Chinese cultural understanding and grow in their ability to respond in culturally appropriate ways. Since culture and language are deeply intertwined, this cultural awareness also promotes greater communicative ability. In addition, comparisons between Chinese and other languages and cultures frequently enrich class activities. Connections to many subject areas including history, art, science, math, and current events are included throughout the course. Communities of Chinese speakers beyond the classroom are engaged through native speaker guests to the classroom, off-campus experiences, and electronic correspondence.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 130: French Novice I

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 140: French Novice II

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 230: French Intermediate I

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 240: French Intermediate II

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 330: French Advanced I

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 340: French Advanced II

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 430: French Language and Culture

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

FRE 510: AP French Language and Culture

AP French Language and Culture offers students a means to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the French language and the French culture. This AP course prepares students to excel on the AP French Language and Culture examination. AP French is designed for students who have taken four years of French. Students acquire advanced, colloquial structures, and literary syntax of the language in context. The AP course, expects that students are self-guided, yet guidance is available from the teacher in order to accomplish the desired proficiency goals. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers combined in a 21st century framework. Francophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students seek to achieve “B1”, or “intermediate low” level fluency skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. This course prepares students to perform the communicative, and written tasks present on the AP test in both the presentational and interpersonal modalities.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90.

LAT 130: Latin Novice I

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

LAT 140: Latin Novice II

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

LAT 230: Latin Intermediate I

Course details coming soon

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

SPA 110: Spanish I

Spanish I offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Spanish language and culture. Spanish I is an energetic, story-based introduction to the language. Spanish language courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language completely comprehensible. Spanish I is designed for students who have never studied the language. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students begin to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the first year, students will have significant guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Hispanophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

SPA 120: Honors Spanish I

Honors Spanish I is an energetic, story-based introduction to the Spanish language.  Students will be exposed to common everyday Spanish vocabulary, faith-based vocabulary and basic grammar through a combination of interactive stories acted out in class as well as extended reading assignments and novels.  Spanish culture and geography will also be highlighted through song, readings and cultural experiences both in and outside of class.  Appreciation for the cultural differences that God has created and the immense advantage of being bilingual in today’s global society will also be covered. Students in the 1 Honors course have had some Spanish instruction in the past but are not ready to move on to level 2.  Because of their previous knowledge, students can go more in-depth with the language and work at a faster pace, without the need for additional homework.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Past experience with the language and a successful placement test.

SPA 210: Spanish II

Spanish II offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Spanish language and culture. Like Spanish I, level II is an energetic, story-based curriculum. Spanish language courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices, in order to render the target language very comprehensible. Spanish II is designed for students who have already taken one year of language study. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the second year, students will have ample guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more confidence with the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Hispanophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Spanish I

SPA 220: Honors Spanish II

Honors Spanish II offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Spanish language and culture. Like Honors Spanish I, Honors level II is an energetic, story-based curriculum. Spanish language courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices, in order to render the target language very comprehensible. Honors Spanish II is designed for students who have already taken one year of language study. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In this Spanish Honors II class, students will work through the curriculum at a slightly quicker pace, allowing students who process the language faster to learn enriched vocabulary and grammar. Additional activities and assignments are provided, such as an independent reading project, but not necessarily additional homework. In the second year, students will have ample guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more confidence with the basic structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Hispanophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: An “A ” grade in Spanish I and teacher recommendation, an “A” or “B” grade in Honors Spanish I or a successful placement test.

SPA 310: Spanish III

Spanish III offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of Spanish language and culture. Spanish III is a cumulative and energetic, curriculum that expands students’ competence with Spanish language and culture. Spanish language courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language comprehensible. Spanish III is designed for students who have taken two years of Spanish. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students ameliorate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the third year, students will have necessary guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more advanced and colloquial structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Hispanophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Spanish II or a successful placement test

SPA 320: Honors Spanish III

Honors Spanish III offers students an environment to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of Spanish language and culture. Honors Spanish III is a cumulative and energetic, curriculum that expands students’ competence with Spanish language and culture. Spanish language courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices in order to render the target language comprehensible. Honors Spanish III is designed for students who have taken two years of Spanish. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students ameliorate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In this Spanish Honors III class, students will work through the curriculum at a slightly quicker pace, allowing students who process the language faster to learn enriched vocabulary and grammar. Additional activities and assignments are provided to facilitate this learning. In the third year, students will have necessary guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students acquire more advanced and colloquial structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Hispanophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: An “A” grade in Spanish II and teacher recommendation, an “A” or “B” grade in Honors Spanish II or a successful placement test.

SPA 410: Spanish IV

Spanish IV offers students a means to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the Spanish language and the Spanish culture. Spanish IV is a cumulative and energetic, curriculum that deepens students’ competence with Spanish language and culture. Spanish language courses are taught in the target language, yet instructors rely on best teaching practices, in order to render the target language comprehensible. Spanish IV is designed for students who have taken three years of Spanish. The chief goals are fluency and proficiency; students continue to ameliorate and deepen listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in context. In the fourth year, students will have diminished guidance from the teacher in order to accomplish these goals. Students begin to cultivate a higher level of independence in their interpersonal and presentational communication and writing skills. Students acquire more advanced, colloquial, and literary structures and syntax of the language via a rich and varied content within a 21st century framework. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes, but is not limited to: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers. Hispanophone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Spanish III or Honors Spanish III

SPA 420: Honors Spanish IV

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

SPA 610: AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Language and Culture offers students a means to develop a worldview that appreciates God’s creation through the study of the French language and the French culture. This AP course prepares students to excel on the AP Spanish Language and Culture examination. AP Spanish is designed for students who have taken four years of Spanish. Students acquire advanced, colloquial structures, and literary syntax of the language in context. The AP course, expects that students are self-guided, yet guidance is available from the teacher in order to accomplish the desired proficiency goals. All instruction will be delivered in a creative, comprehensible format that includes: Faith-based materials, Scripture, level-appropriate novels, mini-stories, drama, and personalized questions and answers combined in a 21st century framework. Hispanaphone culture, history, customs, art, and geography will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students seek to achieve “B1”, or “intermediate low” level fluency skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. This course prepares students to perform the communicative, and written tasks present on the AP test in both the presentational and interpersonal modalities.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Grade of “B” or better in Spanish III Honors or IV and Teacher Recommendation

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90.