Academics

UPPER SCHOOL FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Through foreign language study, international exchanges, and community service opportunities, students of Epiphany will have acquired an understanding and appreciation of the power of language as a tool of oral and written communication. As responsible citizens of the world, they will have gained an affinity and respect for diverse peoples, ideas, and cultures. They will have developed curiosity, critical thinking skills, and a passion for lifelong language learning. 

(HONORS) SPANISH 1

Spanish 1 is taught as an introductory course emphasizing pronunciation, vocabulary, and basic grammar, including present and past tenses through speech, listening, writing, and reading.  Sports, travel, family life, school, and home life are among the various themes of study and concentration. A test and vocabulary quiz will accompany each lesson. A few projects will be presented orally, and a few written reports will be assigned over the course of the year. 

(HONORS) SPANISH 2

Pre-requisite:  Spanish 1 

Spanish 2 follows up on previous levels, and reviews the preterit tense, introduces the imperfect, as well as commands and the present subjunctive. The acquiring of much more vocabulary is emphasized through many different themes from travel to sports, clothing and shopping, to eating and ordering in a restaurant. The course will be taught using the 4 basic modes of communication: speech and listening, reading and writing. At the end of each lesson (there are 2 per unit) there will be a vocabulary quiz and a test.  

(HONORS) SPANISH 3 

Pre-requisite:  Spanish 2

Spanish 3 begins to intensify the learning of the language with a greater emphasis on reading selected pieces of literature. Much emphasis is placed on the irregularities of the different tenses, when to use the imperfect versus the preterit, and when to use the subjunctive versus the indicative mood. The vocabulary lists intensify as the themes of camping, the beach, community service, environmental awareness, professions, and social media are covered. The modes of communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing will be employed in teaching the course. There will be a vocabulary quiz and a test following each lesson.  

(HONORS) SPANISH 4

Pre-requisite:  Spanish 3

During the Spanish 4 course, students will review and put into use the skills they have learned over the previous years, including communicating in the past, present, and future tenses and using the subjunctive mood, as well as developing a deeper understanding of nuances of Spanish grammar and culture. These skills will be contextualized in thematic units, including topics like getting a job, international travel, global social issues, and the fine arts. Students will have opportunities to practice all four modes of communication – reading, writing, speaking, and listening – through a variety of activities in class. Each unit will include both a written and/ or spoken test and a project to apply what they have learned.  

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).

(HONORS) LATIN 1

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to translate simple Latin prose from contemporary and ancient texts and understand the grammar within these pieces.  Students will be able to decline the 1st through 3rd Latin noun declensions and work within the present system of active indicative verbs. Students’ newly acquired Latin vocabulary will also help them learn English words that were influenced by this ancient tongue. The textbook for this portion of the course will be Wheelock’s Latin. Students will also begin to develop a comprehensive understanding of Greek/Roman mythology and ancient Roman customs. All students will take the National Latin Exam and National Mythology Exam appropriate to their level of Latin in March.  Also, students in Latin 1 are invited to participate in the Junior Classical League. 

(HONORS) LATIN 2

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to translate increasingly complex Latin prose from contemporary and ancient texts and understand the grammar within these pieces.  At this point in their Latin education, students will be able to decline the first four noun declensions.  They will also have mastered the active verb system and be introduced to the passive voice in the indicative mood.  All grammatical lessons will continue to be reinforced through Wheelock’s Latin. Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of Rome’s Republican period and some of its most storied events.  All students will take the National Latin Exam appropriate to their level of Latin in March.  Prerequisite:  Latin 1 

(HONORS) LATIN 3

 Prerequisite:  Latin 2 

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to translate complex Latin prose from contemporary and ancient texts and understand the grammar within these pieces.  At this point in their Latin education, students will be able to decline all five noun declensions.  They will also fully comprehend both the active and passive verb systems in the indicative mood as well as receive a basic introduction to the subjunctive mood and a few of its most common uses. All grammatical lessons will continue to be reinforced through Wheelock’s Latin. Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of Rome’s trajectory from Republic to Empire and the challenges the city faced as its borders stretched further outward. All students will take the National Latin Exam appropriate to their level of Latin in March.

(HONORS) LATIN 4

Pre-requisite:  Latin 3

Upon successful completion of this class, students will have finished their study of Wheelock’s Latin and be prepared for the challenge of translating Vergil and Caesar in AP Latin. They will be able to translate complex Latin prose from contemporary and ancient texts and understand the grammar within these pieces. They will also have a sophisticated understanding of ancient Roman life and its impact on our modern world.   

AP LATIN 

Students completing Latin 1-4 prior to their senior year may be considered for AP Latin. This course follows the College Board outline and requires students to take the AP exam at the conclusion of the course. Students will read, understand, translate, and write critically about Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid.