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Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about the language and culture of Japan and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to introduce themselves and answer simple questions about topics covered in the class (speaking), provide basic biographical information with accuracy using the hiragana phonetic writing system (writing), be able to recognize and understand a few spoken expressions in conversation (listening), and understand short texts that convey simple information in the hiragana phonetic writing system (reading).
Japanese Culture Through Film (Summer Course)
Single-semester course. For decades, the animated films and TV series of Japan have delighted audiences throughout the world. But how closely related are the Japan of anime and the Japan of the real world? What can we learn about the history and culture of the Japanese people through their most famous and popular films? Students will explore these and related questions in this friendly seminar-style introduction to Japanese history, folklore, and pop culture.
Full-year course.This course builds on the foundation established in Spanish I. Over the course of the academic year, students will: learn how to give their opinions, learn how to use the imperfect and present perfect, discuss different types of texts, learn how to retell a story, and learn how to talk about the future, formulating both hypotheses and possibilities. Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in Latin I. It is designed to excite students about Latin and encourage them to continue study in high school or at the college level. Over the course of the academic year, students will encounter Latin through a rich reading of Roman culture, using excerpts from Latin texts. Students will read, understand, and interpret Latin.
Single-semester course. The Latin Club is designed to explore additional topics of interest to Latin students, such as Roman history, mythology, daily life, mottoes and abbreviations used today, as well as additional vocabulary. WTMA Latin Club is open to all students. Please note that outside students must be receiving regular Latin instruction to be successful in the National Latin Exam.
Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about the language and cultures of German-speaking countries and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level. Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Students will develop basic competencies in the four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in German 1. Over the course of the year, students will learn how to shop for clothes in a German-speaking country, how to talk about their emotions and ask how others are doing, learn more about foods and the traditions surrounding them, and they will be able to talk about films they’ve seen. To accomplish these communicative tasks, they will learn the accompanying grammatical structures.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in German II. Over the course of the year, students will learn how to correct false statements and offer correct information, discuss films and books, talk about changes over time and into the future, compare their own country to other countries, and you will be able to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. To accomplish these communicative tasks, they will learn the accompanying grammatical structures.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in German III. Over the course of the year, students will deepen their understanding of German grammar. They will also further develop their reading, speaking, and writing skills by exploring historical, artistic, literary, and political topics in greater detail. In German IV, there will be a greater focus on reading and analyzing literary texts (we’ll be reading the classic, Das doppelte Lottchen–known in English as The Parent Trap), as well as written and oral expression. At the end of the year, students will be able to make arguments and counterarguments, discuss works of art, plan for trips, understand ads and create a job application.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in French I. Over the course of the academic year, students will learn how to give their opinions, use the imperfect and present perfect, use and discuss common media, how to retell a story, and how to talk about the future, formulating both hypotheses and possibilities.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in French II. Over the course of the academic year, students will learn how to talk about goals, discuss health and wellbeing, give your opinions in a debate, talk about cause and effect, and use imperfect and conditional tenses as well as the passive voice.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundations established in French I-French III. Over the course of the academic year, students will learn how to give their opinions, use the present perfect, imperfect, past perfect, pluperfect, and the subjunctive mode. In this course, students will learn how to find new vocabulary and decide when to look a word up, and they will also learn to read a passage for meaning. They will also learn how to interpret a passage, even when they encounter unfamiliar grammatical structures.
Summer French Reading Club
Single-semester course. The French Summer Reading Club is designed to keep French students practicing their language skills and engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading and learn about the French language and the countries around the world where it is spoken.
Expository Writing I
Full-year course. Building pre-rhetoric skills in organization, sentence structure, and research skills. Covers narrative summaries, chronological narratives, descriptions, biographical sketches, and sequences, plus beginning literary essays about both fiction and poetry; one- and two-level outlining; thesaurus use, note-taking, and documentation.
Preparation for Rhetoric Writing
Full-year course. One-year “crash course” preparation for high school rhetoric. Designed for high school students who have missed the prerequisites (at the suggested middle school grades) and need additional training before beginning a formal rhetoric course. Prepares students for entering Rhetoric I.
Full-year course. The first year of a 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. Introduction to the techniques of persuasive writing. Drawing on the extensive written tradition stretching from Plato to Montaigne, this course teaches students how to order their thoughts and words in the great patterns set down over the last few thousand years–patterns which are enriching and powerful.
Full-year course. The third year of the Academy’s 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. This course follows our Rhetoric II class. The focus is on writing mature argumentative essays across a number of topics and in different contexts; advanced skills in research and citation; analysis of modern scholarly essays, advertisements, and other contemporary forms. The materials used in this course are intended for mature high school students.
Single-semester course. Basic English grammar crash course: a survey of essential grammar concepts and skills, for students who do not have a solid grasp of basic grammar. Parts of speech and their uses, mechanics, verb tenses, and fundamental skills in diagramming.
Single-semester course. For students who have a solid understanding of basic grammar concepts. Builds on foundational skills and explores the definitions and functions of all parts of speech, reinforces mechanics, enhances understanding of verb tenses, and practices fundamental skills in diagramming.
Single-semester course. English grammar course for students who have an understanding of parts of speech and their functions but have not studied more advanced sentence structure. We will cover phrases, clauses, complex sentence structure, sentence transformations, and advanced diagramming.
Single-semester course. A truly advanced English grammar course for students who have mastered basic and intermediate concepts but have not studied advanced sentence structure and function. We will cover modifiers, advanced verbs, troublesome grammatical elements, and diagramming.
Creative Writing for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course with full-year option. Creative Writing for the Logic Stage is a semester-long elective course that will meet once per week. We will be exploring different aspects and genres of creative writing through analysis of an assortment of readings and completing various writing exercises.
Creative Non-Fiction Writing for the Rhetoric Stage
Single-semester course. A semester-long workshop designed to introduce students to the craft and techniques of creative nonfiction. Students will explore the origins of creative nonfiction while practicing their own writing within the genre. In particular, students will read personal essays, both canonical and contemporary, that exemplify remarkable use of description, narration, characterization, openings, endings, and tension. The readings are aimed at developing the students’ own writing practice. The focus throughout is on identifying and applying specific prose techniques.
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