International Christian Leadership Institute

World Languages

World Languages – (3 credits required, including Latin 1)

Teaching world languages as a part of Christian education supports our mission to equip NCA students for leadership and Christian service. The study of languages and cultures broadens students’ perspective, increases their awareness of other cultures and people groups, and fosters a spirit of compassion and understanding. Students learn how language is tied to culture and determines one’s way of thinking.

Spanish I (1.0 credit)

Avancemos 1a and 1b, Holt McDougal, c.2010.
Spanish 1 is a beginner’s language course. Students learn basic vocabulary
and grammar with preference given to real life situations in travel and survival conversation. Additionally, students gain an appreciation for Latin American and Iberian culture through reading authentic texts, listening to Latin music and celebrating important cultural holidays. The goal in this course is to provide students a solid foundation for future study.

Spanish II (1.0 credit)

Avancemos 2, Holt McDougal, c.2010.
Spanish 2 is a continuation of Spanish 1 with an emphasis on refining and expanding vocabulary and grammar learned in the previous year. Student expression is no longer limited to the here and now, but encompasses both present and past tenses, with an emphasis on “telling a story”. Students are encouraged to begin using the target language more frequently in class discussions and in written work. Students engage in longer readings of authentic texts, long-term listening comprehension of a telenovela (Spanish soap opera) and increase in their knowledge of cultural customs and history.

Spanish III (1.0 credit)

Aventura 3, EMC, c. 2009.
Spanish 3 provides students with an opportunity to learn and practice Spanish
conversation while continuing to refine and master core vocabulary and grammar concepts learned in previous years. Emphasis is placed on writing, speaking and comprehension in the target language. This course allows students to further interpret and analyze native texts, act out mini skits, understand longer and more complicated audiovisual media and engage in more culturally authentic dialogs.

Spanish IV (1.0 credit)

Abriendo Paso, Prentice Hall, c.2001 (Gramatica Y Lectura)
The program provides students with the guidance they need to continue discovering, learning and using the language in meaningful, creative and engaging contexts. Abriendo Paso is a two volume program. Lectura uses authentic reading to develop students’ proficiency in the four skills areas. Gramatica is an independent grammar book that emphasizes communication.

Latin I (1.0 credit)

Wheelock’s Latin, 6th edition, revised, HarperCollins Publishers, c. 2005
Latin 1 is an introductory course for beginners. The goals of the curriculum are to enable the students to understand, read and write basic sentence patterns with emphasis on building vocabulary for real communication. Out of the three skills, listening, reading, and writing, a special focus will be on understanding the mechanics Latin usage in English grammar. The students are encouraged to recognize the root language consistently from the start.

Latin II (1.0 credit)

Wheelock’s Latin, 6th edition, revised, HarperCollins Publishers, c. 2005
Internet sources and selections from classic literature in Latin. Students build on the basic knowledge established in Latin 1 and delve into the rich literature available. To begin the study of a new language is also, necessarily, to begin the study of a new culture, because of the symbiotic relationship between the two. Through the study of Latin, the student’s historical understanding of several early cultures, as well as the culture of the early church, is enhanced.

Advanced Latin (1.0 credit)

Wheelock’s Latin, Frederic M. Wheelock, revised by Richard A. LaFleur, HarperCollins Publishers, c. 2005
Winnie Ille Pu, translated by Alexander Lenard (Latin version of Winnie the Pooh), Dutton Publishers, c.1960
The Aeneid, Virgil, with notes and vocabulary by Clyde Pharr, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., c. 1998
Students at this level are expected to be highly motivated third and fourth year Latinists. Class time is divided between grammar maintenance, grammar acquisition, and translation of new material. The fourth year students take a strong leadership role, preparing for and conducting review sessions with the third year students.