Language

The study of a second language, whether Asian, European or Pacific, opens the world to our Punahou students. The Language Department is committed to providing its students with a learning environment where they will:

  • communicate confidently and effectively in the language(s) they study.
  • understand and appreciate the cultures, people and societies of the language(s) they study.
  • explore interdisciplinary content and expand their own perspectives through the language(s) they study.
  • develop insights into the nature of language and culture.
  • participate in multilingual and multicultural communities at home and throughout the world.

Throughout the students’ course of study, emphasis is placed on communication through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students demonstrate an understanding of culture, compare the linguistic differences and similarities of their native language and the language they are studying, connect with other disciplines via the target language, and interact in multicultural settings.

Punahou offers a range of language choices: Asian (Japanese and Mandarin Chinese), European (French and Spanish) and Pacific (Hawaiian). Any of the languages satisfies the Language graduation requirement.

Graduation Requirements 

A minimum study of two consecutive levels of a single language in the Academy is required. It is usually recommended, however, that a student continue studying the same language until he or she obtains the highest level of proficiency possible.

Course Offerings

Asian Languages 

 

Japanese I

This introductory course is designed for students who have had no formal or informal previous background in Japanese. Students learn fundamental vocabulary and expressions concerning daily life, as well as basic grammatical structures. Two phonetic writing systems (hiragana and katakana) and 60 Chinese characters are taught for reading and writing. Students study some traditions and customs of the Japanese culture.

Student performance is assessed through oral work, quizzes, exams, projects, class performance and homework assignments. Students are required to complete online assignments.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Japanese I B

This course is designed for students who have some previous background in Japanese (i.e., Japanese school, background from other schools or programs).

The content of the course is essentially the same as Japanese I. In this class, however, hiragana and katakana are used from the very beginning of the course. In addition, more basic Chinese characters are introduced. Reinforcing students’ overall language skills is a primary goal. Students are required to complete online assignments.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Japanese II, II Honors

Students learn to communicate in situations they may face in their own community, such as going to a Japanese restaurant, working at a souvenir shop, giving directions to tourists, etc. In this course, more commonly used kanji are introduced for reading and writing proficiency. Honors students learn additional kanji characters and do other reading and writing assignments. Students continue to study Japanese culture to further understand the Japanese people and society.

Student achievement of the four language goals (communication, cultures, comparisons and communities/connections) is assessed by means of daily work, quizzes, compositions, oral presentations, exams and projects.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Japanese I or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Japanese III, III Honors

In this intermediate course, students expand their abilities to perform all the functions developed in earlier levels by increasing their kanji (Chinese characters), vocabulary and grammatical repertoire. They learn to use informal and formal speech styles. The thematic focus at this level is the introduction of Japanese daily life to the American high school student. Students’ achievement of language goals (communication, cultures, comparisons and communities/connections) is assessed through daily work, oral presentations, compositions, quizzes, class performance, projects and exams.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Japanese II or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Japanese IV

The general theme of Japanese IV is “The Japanese Soul.” Students further develop their Japanese language skills while critically examining Japan's history, culture and values in much greater depth. They study keigo (honorifics) and its place in the daily lives of Japanese, the historical context of the Japanese immigration, the World War II Japanese experience in America and Japan, historical and tradition-laden Kyoto and Nara, and environmental issues. They study and experience traditional cultural arts such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arranging and Japanese poetry (haiku). Each quarter, they engage in projects. All students perform community service in the local and global Japanese community.

Open to Grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Japanese III or equivalent. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Japanese IV Honors

The general theme of Japanese IV Honors is “The Japanese Soul.” Students further develop their Japanese language skills while examining Japan's history, culture and values in much greater depth. They study keigo (honorifics) and its place in the daily lives of Japanese, the historical context of the Japanese immigration, the World War II Japanese experience in America and Japan, historical and tradition-laden Kyoto and Nara, and environmental issues. They study and experience the traditional cultural arts of tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arranging and Japanese poetry (haiku). Students are expected to think critically, discuss and write about ethical issues, and express their opinions about them. Each quarter, they engage in projects. All students perform community service in the local and global Japanese community.

Open to Grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Japanese III or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement and Spiritual, Ethical, Community Responsibility graduation requirement.

Japanese V

This level represents the culmination of the Japanese curriculum at Punahou and is designed to recap as well as expand the students’ language skills and proficiency. Students are given ample opportunity to use Japanese on common topics, but at a much deeper, broader level than in previous years. Students engage in several projects and continue to involve themselves in service opportunities which benefit the local and global communities connected to Japan, Japanese and the Japanese culture.

Open to Grades 11, 12. Prerequisite: Japanese IV or IV Honors. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Japanese V Honors

This course focuses on preparing students for the Advanced Placement Exam in Japanese Language and Culture. Instructional materials and activities are designed for students to practice for the exam in the same format as the AP exam and incorporate computer-based instruction. Various aspects of contemporary Japanese society are covered. Students learn to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills on these topics with speed and appropriate language. The course taps students’ critical thinking skills as they also consider ways to become more responsible citizens who can contribute to a better global society. Students learn about 500 kanji by the end of this level. Students will be prepared to take the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam and other standardized tests in May. Projects and community service are also required.

Open to Grades 11, 12. Prerequisite: Japanese IV or IV Honors. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Heritage Japanese I

This course is recommended for students who have immersive Japanese language background (e.g. exposed to the language at home and/or have lived in Japan). The course focuses on developing skills designed to appropriately meet the needs of heritage students through a variety of activities. Students practice study skills that prepare them for further study in Japanese. They study contemporary topics that are applicable to their daily lives and learn to appropriately express themselves in the formal and informal spoken and written styles. Their communication skills are assessed by means of daily work, quizzes, compositions, presentations and projects. Students may engage in community service events that require use of their Japanese language skills.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Placement test. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

A placement test is required for Heritage Students. Heritage Students are those students who have Japanese native-speaking parents, or who have lived extensively in Japan, or who have been enrolled at Japanese School for Heritage Students.

Heritage Japanese II

Heritage Japanese II is a continuation of Heritage Japanese I and is offered to students who have been recommended by the instructor. This course continues to sharpen listening comprehension and formal speaking styles, including practice in keigo (honorific language). Students read authentic texts in various traditional and contemporary genres, and Japanese news articles. They write reports, compositions, songs and poetry. Students are also assessed through presentations and projects. Students research and study Japanese values as reflected in traditional Japanese cultural arts and literature. Past, present and future global issues are examined from Japanese and American perspectives. Students share their advanced language and cultural skills at local and global community venues as volunteers.

Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12 only. Pre-requisite: Heritage Japanese I or recommendation of teacher. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement. A placement test is required for students who have not taken Heritage Japanese I.

Mandarin Chinese I, II and II Honors

Students gain a basic foundation for communicating in Chinese through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. The two years of coursework are based on the National Standards and activities address the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Students also develop an awareness and appreciation for Chinese language and culture. An interactive approach is used as students learn to talk about themselves, their families, and their communities, as they learn to make interdisciplinary connections, as well as cultural and linguistic comparisons. Approximately 400 characters are taught each year. Students have an option of learning both traditional and/or simplified scripts. Students are assessed through their performance in reading, writing, listening and speaking activities

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite for Mandarin Chinese I. Prerequisite for Mandarin Chinese II or Mandarin Chinese II Honors: Mandarin Chinese I or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Mandarin Chinese III and III Honors

Students continue to build a foundation for communicating in Chinese through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Coursework is based on the National Standards and activities address the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Students learn to talk about contemporary and cultural issues, as connections and comparisons are made between American and Chinese societies. In addition, they study China’s geography and historical and cultural sites. Approximately 400 characters are taught. Students have an option of learning traditional and/or simplified scripts. Students are assessed through their performance in reading, writing, listening and speaking activities

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Mandarin Chinese II or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Mandarin Chinese IV and IV Honors

Students continue to improve basic language skills through readings and a variety of presentations and discussions about modern Chinese and American societies. Instructional materials and activities are designed with an added focus on ethics and community responsibility to enhance the language learning experience and develop a cross-cultural awareness of personal moral principles. Students are required to explore ways and means by which their personal ethics may translate into actions beneficial to their communities. Students are evaluated not only in language skills, but also through critical reflections. Activities include essay writing, presentations, discussions, projects and tests. Both traditional and simplified Chinese characters are taught in this course.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Mandarin Chinese III or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement. Mandarin Chinese IV Honors satisfies Spiritual, Ethical, Community Responsibility graduation requirement.

Mandarin Chinese V and V Honors

The goal of this course is to expand the range and depth of linguistic competence and cultural knowledge, and to develop students’ ability to assume a more independent role in their future studies of the Chinese language and culture. One major theme is students’ ancestral roots. Students learn about Chinese immigrant contributions to America, deepening their appreciation and understanding of China’s past and present. Throughout the course, contemporary Chinese issues are explored. Assessments are frequent and varied emphasizing all four aspects of language skills. For Chinese V Honors, instructional materials and activities are designed with reference to the AP Chinese exam.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Mandarin Chinese IV or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Heritage Chinese 1

This course is recommended for students who have (or have had) immersive Chinese language background (e.g. exposed to the language at home and/or have lived in China/Taiwan), and are proficient in listening and speaking but do not have similar proficiency levels in reading and writing. The course is individualized and focuses on expanding vocabulary and narrowing the gap between speaking/listening and reading/writing skills through small-group activities. Depending on their levels, students set up their own learning goals and schedule for each semester. Assessment is based on the goals set by the students to help them achieve a higher goal beyond their current level.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Placement test. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

A placement test is required for Heritage Students. Heritage Students are those students who have Chinese native-speaking parents, or who have lived extensively in China/Taiwan, and/or who have been enrolled at Chinese School for Heritage Students.

European Languages

 

French I

This course is an introduction to practical conversational and written French with fundamental vocabulary and idioms dealing with daily life situations and simple basic principles of grammar and structure. Technology is introduced through the exploration of French Web sites.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

French II, II Honors

Using a proficiency-based method, second-year French emphasizes conversational and listening comprehension skills. Structures and vocabulary learned in French I are reviewed and reinforced before the introduction of a number of new verb tenses. Understanding culture and global perspective is key in the learning of a language in the 21st century, and awareness is reinforced through projects, internet activities, movies and stimulating reading selections.

The Honors class is the immersion extension of the French II class as it is conducted entirely in French. It is fast-paced and conversation-driven with a degree of expectations that require motivation, dedication and commitment.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: French I or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

French III, III Honors

Using a proficiency-based method, third-year French provides students with the opportunity to increase their communication skills through vocabulary building, reading, grammar and cultural awareness. Lessons emphasize daily life and culture as well as French and francophone civilization. Our integrated program emphasizes communication, reading skills, listening and writing. Technology is incorporated daily. As for all levels of French, understanding culture and global perspective is key in the learning of a language in the 21st century and awareness is reinforced through projects, internet activities, movies and stimulating reading selections.

The Honors class is the immersion extension of the French III class with a special emphasis on daily speaking. Each cycle is introduced with an essential question that focuses on an aspect of teenagers’ lives and is designed to start lively class discussions and reflections. A blog is also shared between this class and French students in a high school in France.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: French II or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

French IV, IV Honors

An essential component of this course is the practice of advanced language skills through discussions, listening comprehension and reading, with particular focus on cultural perspective and critical thinking. Many projects are part of the curriculum where students can work individually or in groups. Students participate in weekly debates during the second semester. Grammar is used in the context of conversations but also studied thoroughly to prepare students who take the SAT French Subject test.

The Honors class is the immersion extension of the French IV class. The pace is faster and the class more rigorous, including more reading.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: French III or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

French V

Advanced language study emphasizes analysis of selected texts, fluency in conversation, and precision in writing. Communication through technology may continue with partners in France.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: French IV or equivalent. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Advanced Placement French V

Advanced language study emphasizes analysis of selected texts, fluency in conversation, and precision in writing. Research on current French issues is part of the curriculum. The course involves intensive oral and written preparation for the Advanced Placement French Language Exam. Students must take the AP Exam in May.

Open to Grades 11, 12. Prerequisite: French IV or French IV Honors with teacher recommendation. Year course. One credit. Advanced placement courses must be taken for a letter grade. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Spanish I

Students in this course are introduced to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through the development of language modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Students learn simple communicative interactions within the context of familiar topics and daily life situations. Learners are encouraged to take risks and build their confidence in using Spanish as they acquire their language skills. The main goal of the first level of Spanish is to start developing the learner’s use of Spanish in a fun, creative, and engaging environment.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Spanish I B

This course is designed for students who have had previous background in Spanish (i.e., native-speaking parents, background from other schools or programs, or long-term experience in a Spanish-speaking country or environment). The content of the course is the same as Spanish I, except that the introductory material is accelerated. The primary goal is to reinforce previously acquired skills.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Spanish II, II Honors

In addition to an intensive review of the structures and vocabulary learned in Spanish I, second-year Spanish consists of introducing a number of new verb tenses and grammatical structures, as well as practicing and reinforcing communicative competence. To achieve this oral-aural proficiency, the text emphasizes conversational and listening comprehension skills set in the context of increasing the students’ cultural awareness of the Hispanic world. The level II text is enhanced by listening programs, a video component, numerous legends, and fascinating historical and cultural readings on several Spanish-speaking countries. Class activities include conversations on a variety of topics ranging from daily life to discussions of more cultural significance, as well as communicative activities to aid in the intensive grammar and verb-tense mastery required by this level.

The Honors class, conducted entirely in Spanish, entails supplemental vocabulary acquisition, additional readings with a cultural focus, including the study of the reconquest of Spain, intensive and more rapidly paced verb-tense mastery, more in-depth and fluent class discussions, higher expectations regarding students’ oral and aural proficiency, and many communicative activities, including a Mexican Market and a letter-writing exchange with a school in Barcelona, Spain.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Spanish III, III Honors

Conducted in Spanish, this course reviews and expands upon vocabulary and grammatical structures presented in Spanish I and II, and introduces advanced grammatical structures. The goal of this course is to help prepare students for a 21st-century world, where skills such as speaking, writing and understanding another language, coupled with the ability to show empathy for other cultures, to work in small teams and to problem-solve, are all carefully nurtured and highly emphasized through local, national and international action. The Spanish III student learns to become and to understand what it means to be a global citizen.

In the Honors class, students read and discuss short stories, poetry and other genres of literature appropriate to the third-year level.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Spanish II or equivalent. Honors by teacher recommendation only. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Spanish IV

This advanced level course is designed to help students improve their competency in all areas of language learning – speaking, reading, listening and writing. The class follows the Project-Based Learning model and aims to promote the use of the language while allowing the students’ creative vision to flourish through their project presentations. Students collaborate on projects to demonstrate mastery of the language by placing it in context and using technology as a means of expression and communication. In addition to expanding on the grammatical structures learned in previous years, this class stresses communicative competence through language usage in conversations held in pairs or small groups on current events, movie analysis, and other topics of interest.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Spanish III or equivalent. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Spanish IV Honors

This advanced course, conducted entirely in Spanish, emphasizes improving communicative skills by means of class discussions, debates, presentations and conversations on a variety of issues derived from the textbook, current events, matters that affect the Hispanic world, and topics of interest and relevance that the students themselves choose. Additionally, the class builds upon and reinforces student knowledge of advanced grammatical and verbal structures; increases acquisition of vocabulary and cultural awareness through literary pieces in the text, web-based Spanish-language newspapers, articles, videos, podcasts and possibly a letter-writing program. After this Honors class, students are well-equipped to continue on the Advanced Placement Spanish V class.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Spanish III Honors, Spanish III (with teacher recommendation only). Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement and Spiritual, Ethical, Community Responsibility graduation requirement.

Spanish V

Spanish V is a culture class conducted exclusively in Spanish. In this course students continue to develop and improve their language skills in the context of Hispanic culture. At the start of the year, students and the teacher collaborate to evaluate the proficiency level of each student's language skills in Spanish. Then, based on that assessment, each student plans his or her linguistic goals for each semester. The main objective of Spanish V is to foster learning by engaging students in activities, games, class discussions, Socratic circles and projects, and to build their confidence communicating in the language.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Spanish IV or IV Honors or teacher recommendation. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Advanced Placement Spanish V

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is a rigorous course taught exclusively in Spanish that requires students to improve their proficiency across the three modes of communication. The course focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles with the goal of providing a rich, diverse learning experience. Students communicate using rich, advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication. Students must take the AP Exam in May.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Spanish IV Honors, Spanish IV (with teacher recommendation only). Year course. One credit. Advanced Placement courses must be taken for a letter grade. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Pacific Languages

 

Hawaiian I

Students explore the Hawaiian language through practical application highlighting cultural values and learning fundamental vocabulary, grammar and idiomatic expressions for simple conversations. Students are introduced to songs, proverbs and Hawaiian language newspapers. The course emphasizes and encourages the use of Hawaiian in a context which is interactive and meaningful using the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Hawaiian II

Building upon the foundation set in Hawaiian I, Hawaiian II gives students further understanding of the language and culture of the Hawaiian people. Students learn complex grammatical structures, increase vocabulary and continue to develop oral and aural skills to enable functional conversations.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Hawaiian I or teacher recommendation. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Hawaiian III

Conducted almost exclusively in Hawaiian, this course reviews and expands upon structures presented in Hawaiian I and II. The students are exposed to longer readings and are tasked to write in greater length and detail. Lessons for the course come from a variety of sources. Grammatical structures become progressively more advanced and vocabulary continues to expand. Students are expected to integrate new structures and vocabulary in all skill areas.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Hawaiian II or teacher recommendation. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Hawaiian IV

Students continue to further develop their competency in all areas of language learning – speaking, listening, reading and writing. Curriculum for the course comes from a variety of sources: on-line books, legends, stories, songs, chants, proverbs, textbooks, old newspapers, and much more. Students are guided by values of love, respect and responsibility. Students are given the opportunity to explore matters of a spiritual and/or ethical nature and participate in service to others.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Hawaiian III or teacher recommendation. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement and Spiritual, Ethical, Community Responsibility graduation requirement.

Hawaiian V

Hawaiian V represents the highest level of achievement for Hawaiian language students. The goal of this course is to strengthen students’ use of Hawaiian language, to expand and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Hawaiian culture, and to study current issues facing the Hawaiian community. Students are expected to converse in Hawaiian daily, and produce written and oral projects in Hawaiian. The first semester focuses on traditional Hawaiian literature and recordings. Hawaiian V continues to focus on strengthening four major skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In the second semester, students are required to create their own inquiry-based project. Throughout the course, students read stories in old newspapers and books, listen to the voices of our kūpuna, learn wise sayings, and learn and compose mele and oli. Students also have opportunities to connect with the larger Hawaiian community in various ways. Students are expected to challenge themselves, be positive contributors to the class, and be pono at all times.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Hawaiian IV and/or teacher recommendation. Year course. One credit. Satisfies Language graduation requirement.

Language Teaching Assistant (TA)


This course is for students who have a sincere desire to deepen their knowledge and skills in a target language, who want to gain experience in the profession of language teaching and/or who want to continue language use and learning after returning from a SYA trip or completion of the highest level of language learning. It is also for Heritage students who wish to share their unique bilingual and bicultural abilities and experiences. Students selected to become a TA spend four to five hours a week in the classroom or an equivalent number of hours in preparation and/or tutoring.

TAs are expected to participate in learning, teaching and assessment activities under the leadership and guidance of the cooperating teacher (CT). TAs are expected to meet with their CT at least once a cycle and keep a journal of lessons and activities with thoughtful reflections of their experiences. TAs must be willing and able to lead by example and be a good role model for students.

To become a TA, a student must complete a written application and submit it to the Academy Language Department Head prior to the end of the school year. This application is reviewed by the Language Department Head, deans and teacher(s) before acceptance is granted. Applications can be obtained from the Language Department Head or dean(s).

Open to Grades 11 and 12. Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in or have already completed the most advanced level of a language, and must have consent of the instructor, deans and Department Head. Semester or year course. One-half credit each semester. Satisfies general elective credit.

Language Immersion Seminar and Practicum


The course provides ongoing training, support and new leadership opportunities for Academy teaching assistants working or volunteering in the after-school immersion programs (Hawaiian, Japanese, and Mandarin), but is also open to all students meeting the prerequisites. Students are expected to work two hours per cycle between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

The course is a unique opportunity for students to apply their language skills in a communicative, authentic, spontaneous, play-based setting while working with younger students. Students have the opportunity to work closely with the lead teacher to design, develop and guide learning experiences. Through immersion, Academy students develop intellectual, social, and emotional skills by building relationships and serving as leaders in a peer environment.

Prerequisites: Heritage speaker with interview, or completion of level 2 of any language with a B- or better. Semester course. One half-credit. Satisfies general elective credit.