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All Foreign Language classes require a headset microphone – not the built-in computer microphone or speakers. Placement tests are available. Please contact the individual teacher for further assistance.


Foreign Language Sampler

Instructors: Frau Gleason, Señora Lamolinara, Madame Duss, Moaleema Bjorgen, Royal Sensei
Email: susangleason@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Fridays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 6th-8th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Bonjour! Hola! Marhabaan! ようこそ! Guten Tag! اهلا وسهلا! Join Excelsior’s celebrated foreign language staff of native and near-native speakers for a semester of five languages! Basic German, Spanish, French, Arabic and Japanese will be taught (in that order) by stellar instructors in increments of three weeks with a short, written test at the end of each language. Students will learn the alphabet, a Bible verse, numbers, colors, basic greetings/expressions and something unique to the target language. Instruction includes interesting bits of culture, with music and videos adding to the fun! Each student chooses a name in the target language for use in class. This course will help younger students decide which language they will study. A microphone headset is required as students will be speaking with the instructor and their classmates. Come with us on this international adventure!

Course description and class content developed by respective foreign language teachers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

All Foreign Language classes require a headset microphone – not the built-in computer microphone or speakers.


Arabic I

Instructor: Mrs. Zena Bjorgen
Email: zenabjorgen@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: COMING FALL 2018
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 7th-12th grade
Min/Max#: 5/15
Prerequisites: none
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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The Arabic language is rich in culture and heritage. As a Semitic language, its roots can be traced back to biblical Aramaic, one of the languages Jesus spoke. Today Arabic is spoken by as many as 422 million people, making one of the five most popular languages in the world! Throughout its history, the Arabic language has influenced many languages around the globe. A number of English words, such as cotton, chemistry, algebra, sugar, candy, and more, are derived from Arabic.

Modern Standard Arabic contains two varieties: a formal, literary Arabic known as Fusha (pronounced FOOS-ha), and multiple spoken dialects that vary throughout Arabic speaking countries. This course will focus primarily on learning to speak the Levantine dialect which is widely used in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. In addition, students will learn to read and understand Arabic script, which is written in cursive from right to left.

The required book and online course provide a combination of audio, video, and interactive games, which will help make learning Arabic fun. Are you ready for an exciting journey into discovering this fascinating language? Students will learn Christian references, Bible verses, the Arabic name for the Christian God, etc. Approximately 300 million people speak Arabic in the Middle East, which is an open mission field for the Gospel! Arabic is also a mission critical language for government agencies looking to hire.

Course description and class content developed by Zena Bjorgen for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Exploring Arabic Softcover Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-82193-881-2
Exploring Arabic Workbook, ISBN: 978-0-82193-883-6
These books are not as available on Amazon but can be purchased from the EMC publishing company: http://store.emcp.com/exploring-arabic.html. Prospective student should know that these books are not Islamic religion texts; they focus on the Arabic language.


French I

Instructor: Mrs. (Mme.) Gina Duss
Email: ginaduss@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Bonjour!  Did you know that over 200 million people in over 50 countries speak the French language?  And did you know that French is the official language of the United Nations, NATO, the International Red Cross and the Olympic Committee?  It’s true!  In fact, you probably already know some French words and phrases that are commonly used in English today: chauffer (driver); chef (cook); déja vu (already seen).  How many times have you said “excusez-moi” (excuse me)?  In this course, we will work on building your French foundation by focusing on four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  A variety of methods and resources will be used to encourage conversation, exchange of information, and expression of feelings, emotions, and opinions in written and oral French.  French will be used as much as possible in order to create a fun and immersive environment; however, English will be used to explain grammar and to introduce cultural concepts. Use of an online textbook will provide you with continuous access to native, audio files, songs, and flashcards, as well as, cultural videos.  What are you waiting for?!  Allons-y!

Course description and class content developed by Gina Duss for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
Student textbook: Discovering French Today Level 1 (1-year online subscription) ISBN: 9780547901893, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2013
Student workbook: Discovering French Today Level 1 Bleu Consumable Workbook, Author: Valette ISBN: 9780547914145, Holt McDougal Publisher, 2012
NOTE: A link for the purchase of the online textbook will be provided prior to the beginning of the course.


French II

Instructor: Mrs. (Mme.) Gina Duss
Email: ginaduss@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: French II; placement test available
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Salut!  Parlez-vous français?  Now let’s learn to speak it even better!  In an engaging and fun classroom environment, this course we will continue to build on the French I foundations, strengthening proficiencies in both written and oral expression.  You will develop and enrich your existing vocabulary and begin to employ more complex grammar and sentence structures, while learning to use French within and beyond the school setting for personal enjoyment and enrichment.  French will be used as much as possible in order to create a fun and immersive environment; however, English will be used to explain grammar and to introduce certain cultural concepts.  An online textbook will provide you with continuous access to native, audio files, songs, and flashcards, as well as, cultural videos.  Let’s get started and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Placement test and answer key for French II are here.

Course description and class content developed by Gina Duss for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
Student textbook: Discovering French Today Level 2 (1-year online subscription) ISBN: 9780547901916, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2013
Student workbook: Discovering French Today Level 2 Blanc Consumable Workbook, Author: Valette ISBN: 9780547914442, Holt McDougal Publisher, 2012
NOTE: A link for the purchase of the online textbook will be provided prior to the beginning of the course.


French III

Instructor: Mrs. (Mme) Sarah Lehtinen
Email: sarahlehtinen@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: French I and II or equivalent; ask teacher with placement questions
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Students in this intermediate/advanced course will have a short review of intermediate French, then will proceed to increasing vocabulary and formulating more advanced sentences. French III students will also begin exploring French literature and poetry, learn Bible passages, and dig deeper into Francophone history. Instruction will be enhanced by audio exercises to improve speaking and listening comprehension. Instruction for French III is rigorous and fast-paced; the teacher will present much of the class in French.

Course description and class content developed by Sarah Lehtinen for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Student textbook: Discovering French Today Level 3 (1 Year subscription) 2013 Edition, Author: Valette. ISBN: 978-0-54-790193-0, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin-High School

****NOTE: A link for text purchase will be provided to all students and parents prior to the start of the school year. Clicking the link will take you to exactly what you need to purchase.

Student  workbook: Discovering French Level 3 Workbook 2013 Edition, Author: Valette. ISBN:978-0-54-410699-4, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin-High School


French IV: Discovering Fluency through Reading, Composition, and Conversation

Instructor: Mrs. (Mme) Sarah Lehtinen
Email: sarahlehtinen@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 3/approximately 10
Prerequisites: French I, II, and II or equivalent; ask teacher with placement questions
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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In this advanced level class, students will begin to master fluency through weekly conversation and readings. Students will read two novels over the course of the year. Rather than intensive grammar lessons each week, students will complete required reading and be engaged in presentation and conversation for the majority of each class period. Grammar and vocabulary will be taught through the context of the readings and class conversations. Students registering for this class must have completed 3 years of French or have equivalent skills in language mastery. Most of this class will be taught in French. Students will be expected to speak extensively in French during each class period.

Course description and class content developed by Sarah Lehtinen for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Le Petit Nicholas by Sempé-Goscinny, ISBN: 978-2-07-036423-7

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ISBN: 0156013983


German I

Instructor: Frau Susan Gleason
Email:
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 7th-11th grade
Min/Max#: 6/approximately 15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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German I is a college prep, beginner’s course where students speak German with the instructor and classmates in every class. Students learn the fundamentals of German via lecture, fun games, videos, music, culture (German, Swiss and Austrian), contests, live Christian radio/TV in German, and more! Grammar topics will include single/plural nouns, verb forms, the nominative, accusative and dative cases, tenses, negatives, the imperative, and question construction. Students will also memorize Bible verses in German. Occasionally, there will be special guests; native speakers from Germany. Students will reach the intermediate level by the end of the school year and will advance to German II. Note to parents: placement tests are available if you’re not sure as to your student’s written and oral skills.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Gleason for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

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Required Supplies:

Textbook: Deutsch Aktuell 1 (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 9780821925379; Deutsch Aktuell 1 Workbook (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 9780821925393. Students will have access to audio listening exercises for each textbook chapter at no cost.


German II

Instructor: Frau Susan Gleason
Email: susangleason@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th-12th grade
Min/Max#: 6/approximately 15
Prerequisites: German I (placement test available)
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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In this college prep German II course, students will increase their knowledge of German vocabulary and grammar. Topics will include the genitive case, additional commands, narrative past and future tense verbs, adjective endings, coordinating conjunctions, German Bible verses, the Lord’s Prayer and more. The teacher will speak more German in this class, commensurate with students’ abilities. In this challenging, but fun class, students will read longer paragraphs in German (on a variety of topics) and participate in dialogs with their classmates and the teacher. More grammar will be covered Occasionally, there will be special guests; native speakers from Germany! Students will reach the advanced level by the end of the school year and can take German III.

Placement test and answer key for German II are here.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Gleason for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

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Required Supplies:

Textbook: Deutsch Aktuell 2 (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 9780821925607; Deutsch Aktuell 2 Workbook (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 9780821925638. Students will have access to audio listening exercises for each textbook chapter at no cost.


German III

Instructor: Frau Susan Gleason
Email: susangleason@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 9th-12th Grade
Min/Max#: 6/approximately 15
Prerequisites: German II (placement test available)
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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This course will be taught almost exclusively in German since students will be on an advanced level. Students will have conversations with each other on various topics and be engaged by the teacher in classroom exercises. Instruction will include more intricate grammar, vocab building, music, short stories and poetry by world-renown German-speaking authors. Students will memorize Scripture in German as well as the Nicene Creed. More culture and history will be explored using a variety of multi-media presentations. During class, students will receive one-on-one help from the teacher. Occasionally, there will be special guests; native speakers from Germany!

Placement test and answer key for German III are here.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Gleason for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

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Required Supplies:

Textbook: Deutsch Aktuell 3 (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 978-0821926055; Deutsch Aktuell 3 Workbook (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 978-0821926086. Students will have access to audio listening exercises for each textbook chapter at no cost.


Beginning Japanese

Instructor: Miss Charlotte Royal
Email: charlotteroyal@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students (exceptions allowed if the parent deems their younger student to be of a maturity-level appropriate to an online classroom environment and high-school amounts of homework)
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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As one of America’s firmest allies and major economic partners, Japan is an important part of America’s future. With over 127 million native speakers and a recent peak in American/Japanese cooperation in the automotive and manufacturing fields, Japanese is becoming an increasingly necessary linguistic skill. The popularity of Japanese entertainment media has also aided in bringing this beautiful language into the spotlight. Fewer than 1% of Japan’s population claims any kind of Christianity, meaning Japanese-speaking missionaries are also urgently and vitally needed.

Beginning Japanese students can expect to learn basic polite Japanese conversation skills, customs, and history in 30 interactive lessons. Through comprehensive study, students passing Beginning Japanese will also be able to read and write two of Japan’s three writing systems, hiragana and katakana, and will also learn more than 90 essential basic kanji. Students must have access to a scanner to submit written homework, and an audio/microphone headset to participate in the in-class language exercises and games. This course is geared toward high schoolers, but the instructor recognizes that younger students can often do very well with foreign language study! Parents should contact her before registration if the student is not yet in high school or 13 years of age.

Course description and class content developed by Charlotte Royal for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals, Volume 1, by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka, ISBN: 9780976998129.

Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included) by Timothy G. Stout, ISBN-13: 978-4805311448.


Intermediate Japanese

Instructor: Miss Charlotte Royal
Email: charlotteroyal@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Group 1 - CLOSED
Group 2 - CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students (10th-12th grade)
Min/Max#: 5/15
Prerequisites: Beginning Japanese
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Intermediate Japanese students will continue from where they left off in Beginning Japanese after a brief review. More complicated grammar structures will be examined as a larger vocabulary is built. Students will study individual historical figures from the Japanese timeline. Through weekly listening practice, students will hone their comprehension and pronunciation skills. By the end of Intermediate Japanese, students will have greatly expanded their conversation and reading skills, adding 300+ kanji to their practice books and increasing their grasp of the differences between polite and casual Japanese forms.

Course description and class content developed by Charlotte Royal for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Japanese from Zero! 2: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka, ISBN-13: 978-0976998112.

The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering 2300 Characters – 1st Edition by Andrew Scott Conning, ISBN-13: 978-1568365268.

Optional Supplies:

Japanese Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) Pamphlet by Inc. BarCharts, ISBN: 978-1572229129.
Japanese Vocabulary (Quickstudy: Academic) Pamphlet by Inc. BarCharts, ISBN: 978-1572229198.

 


Spanish I

Instructor: Mrs. (Sra.) Diana Lamolinara
Email: dianalamolinara@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Grades 7-12
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic English grammar is helpful
Homework Load: College prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Maybe you have an interest in learning a new language or maybe you’re just trying to fulfill your foreign language high school requirement. Why not choose to study Spanish? Spanish is spoken in over 20 countries and it is the second most commonly spoken language in the United States.

Spanish I is an introductory course to the Spanish language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will learn letters, numbers pronunciation, verbs in the present and past, adjective-noun agreement, articles, pronouns, prepositions, affirmative and negative words, commands and lots of vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

This will be a very interactive class. Students will be expected to come to class prepared with a headset microphone and ready to participate. Besides speaking, a variety of activities will be used during class to engage students. Scripture memory work, individual oral testing, written tests and homework will be assigned.

Course description and class content developed by Diana Lamolinara for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

¡Avancemos! student textbook (1-year online subscription) Level 1*, ISBN: 9780547901534, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2013.
¡Avancemos!: Cuaderno, Práctica por niveles Level 1 student workbook (print book), ISBN: 9780618782185, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2007.
*Please contact Mrs. Lamolinara for instructions on how to place your order for your online subscription.


Spanish II

Instructor: Mrs. (Sra.) Diana Lamolinara
Email: dianalamolinara@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Grades 8-12
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: A ‘B’ or better in a one-year Spanish I course. Please contact Mrs. Lamolinara if you’re unsure about whether or not your student is ready for Spanish II.
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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After beginning with a review, Spanish II continues to build upon the concepts learned in Spanish I. The indicative (like the preterite, imperfect and future), imperative and subjunctive moods will be explored. Pronouns, adjectives, affirmative/negative words, comparatives/superlatives, por/para and more vocabulary will also be studied. Students will continue to explore the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis will be placed on speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

This will be a very interactive class. Students will be expected to come to class prepared with a headset microphone and ready to participate. Besides speaking, a variety of activities will be used during class to engage students. Scripture memory work, individual oral testing, written tests and homework will be assigned.

Placement test and answer key for Spanish II are here.

Course description and class content developed by Diana Lamolinara for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

¡Avancemos! student textbook (1-year online subscription) Level 2*, ISBN: 9780547901558, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2013.
¡Avancemos!: Cuaderno, Práctica por niveles Level 2 student workbook (print book), ISBN: 9780618782192, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2007.
*Please contact Mrs. Lamolinara for instructions on how to place your order for your online subscription.


Spanish III

Instructor: Mrs. (Sra.) Diana Lamolinara
Email: dianalamolinara@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Grades 9-12
Min/Max#: 5/approximately 15
Prerequisites: A ‘B’ or better in a one-year Spanish II course. Please contact Mrs. Lamolinara if you’re unsure about whether or not your student is ready for Spanish III.
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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After a vigorous review, students will continue to build upon the concepts learned in Spanish II. In addition to the present, preterite, imperfect, future, conditional and perfect indicative tenses the subjunctive and imperative moods will be studied in more detail. New vocabulary will also be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

This will be a very interactive class. Students will be expected to come to class prepared with a headset microphone and ready to participate. Besides speaking, a variety of activities will be used during class to engage students. Scripture memory work, individual oral testing, written tests and homework will be assigned.

Placement test and answer key for Spanish III are here.

Course description and class content developed by Diana Lamolinara for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

¡Avancemos! student textbook (1-year online subscription) Level 3*, ISBN: 9780547901572, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2013.
¡Avancemos!: Cuaderno, Práctica por niveles Level 3 student workbook (print book), ISBN: 9780618765959, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2007.
*Please contact Mrs. Lamolinara for instructions on how to place your order for your online subscription.

How to Register

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