Level I Students converse in simple sen- tences, learn to count and begin to speak about themselves and their families. They ask ques- tions and learn to describe their surroundings in present, past and future tenses. Students learn basics in grammar and dis- cover the cultures of the French or Spanish speaking countries.
Level III Students communicate easily in French or Spanish in complex sentences. They express their dreams, their aspirations and their emotions. They reason and argue. Literature, poetry and novels are introduced and analyzed in writing. Students review all the fundamentals of grammar and usage.
Level II Students communicate with in- creased facility in French or Spanish. They talk about their likes and dislikes. They express their opinions and their feelings. They write dialogues, paragraphs and letters. Reading of poetry and simple texts are included with the study of adjectives, pro- nouns, adverbs and all the verb tenses.
Level IV/AP Students speak French or Spanish in a more sophisti- cated manner, concretely and abstractly. They study litera- ture from various French and Spanish speaking countries covering the Middle Ages to the present. They review gram- mar through extensive reading. Translations and written pa- pers are assigned every trimes- ter. Instruction is entirely in French or Spanish. Students in AP levels are re- quired to take the AP exam in May. Prerequisite: Year end grade of B+ or higher in Level IV and permission of instructor.
INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY (FALL)
CULTURAL ANTHRO- POLOGY (WINTER)
This course serves as a broad introduction to the study of anthropology. We will study humans as biological organisms with particular emphasis on the evolution of hominids. We will study our relationship with other life forms, especially pri- mates, in an effort to learn more about ourselves. The term con- cludes in the realm of cultural anthropology where cross- cultural analysis will highlight our unique development as a
This cultural anthropology course looks at three different cultures in order to broaden perspectives of humanity. We look at what it was like to grow up in Samoa of the 1920’s from the perspective of Margaret Mead in “Coming of Age in Samoa.” We study the Yanomamo of South America by reading ethnographic and autobiographical accounts. Our last topic is the voudoun- influenced culture of Haiti.
COMRADES & CABARETS (WINTER)
The focus of the course is the inter- section of political thought and artistic expression in Europe be- tween WW I and the Spanish Civil War, a unique moment in modern history. Throughout the term we explore as a case study the diverse political and artistic landscape in Germany as it vacillated between extremes of Left and Right. Par- ticular attention is paid to the politi- cal and social discontent reflected in the art of the modernist movement. Various Expressionist groups, the work of the Bauhaus design school, and cabaret in its many forms are areas of study. Readings
include excerpts from promi- nent modernist thinkers such as Freud, Kafka, Kandinsky, and leading political theorists. The original ambition of the 20th c. Modernist movement was, in essence, to bring about a better society. After World War I modernist thinkers (artists, musicians, authors, and politicians) were faced with the challenge of rebuilding Euro- pean society to fulfill this goal. How does one go about per- fecting humankind and creat- ing a new world? Can art really save humanity?