World Languages

The world language department consists of Latin, levels 1-8, and Spanish, levels 1-8. Higher levels of language classes are enriched. World language students learn about history and culture through readings in English as well as the language being learned. Student clubs are available for both language studies, trips are taken to native lands and year-end banquets are held.

Courses Offered

French 1-2

Level: Academic 9, 10,11,12

Length of course: One year

Prerequisite: MAP score Reading of 220 or higher

This first-year French course is an introductory course designed to expose students to the language and cultures of the French-speaking world. As a class, we will work on developing proficiency in French through the use of the five different standards, including Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. At this level, there will be a strong emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and practice, verb conjugation, as well as basic grammar usage.


Latin 1-2

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: MAP score Reading of 220 or higher

Course description:

Latin 1-2 emphasizes the building of vocabulary, especially those words with English derivatives, and the ability to read and write simple Latin. Emphasis is placed on civilization and culture since we owe so much to the Romans. Latin abbreviations, phrases, mottos, and professional phrases used in English are also taught.


Latin 3-4

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: Latin 1-2

Course description:

Latin 3-4 (2nd year) continues the development of vocabulary and grammar, English derivatives, and reading skills through the writings of various Roman authors and the mythology of Hercules and Perseus. The course also continues the further development of the knowledge of Roman history and culture, with an emphasis on early Rome and the Roman Republic. Second semester features a unit on The Hunger Games and its relevance to ancient Rome.


Latin Literature: Prose

Level: Enriched 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in Latin 3-4

Course description:

Latin Literature: Prose involves the reading of original Latin works and the culmination of the development of grammatical skills learned in Latin I and II. Further concentration on vocabulary and derivatives is stressed, as are culture and civilization. The 1st semester concentrates on the Fall of the Roman Republic. The students study the writings of Cicero and his contributions to oratory and legal rhetoric. The 2nd semester has a lighter theme: the everyday life of the Romans. Students learn about this through the study of Roman comedy. They also read about the destruction of Pompeii and the graffiti that was left behind.

Latin Literature: Prose and Latin Literature: Poetry can be taken by any student who has successfully completed Latin 1-2 and Latin 3-4.


Latin Literature: Poetry

Level: Enriched 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in Latin 3-4

Course description:

Latin Literature: Poetry involves reading original works by Latin poets. Much emphasis is placed on college-level derivatives. In the first semester, Roman authors of the first centuries B.C. and A.D. are read with an emphasis on the history of the time, the development of the Roman Empire, and the quest of Augustus to establish the Pax Romana or Roman Peace. Poetry of the Roman authors Ovid and Catullus feature prominently after the first quarter. The second semester is devoted to Vergil and the reading of the great Roman epic, the Aeneid. The final nine weeks include a group project based on the Aeneid.

Latin Literature: Prose and Latin Literature: Poetry can be taken by any student who has successfully completed Latin 1-2 and Latin 3-4.


Spanish 1-2

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: MAP score Reading of 220 or higher

Course description:

The first year Spanish course involves four facets of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. Hispanic culture, including the countries, life, and holidays are introduced. This course is on a developing level with stress on conversational vocabulary, common nouns, action verbs, and adjectives. Continued enrollment in Spanish 2 is contingent upon the successful completion of Spanish 1.


Spanish 3-4

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1-2

Course description:

The four basic language skills, reading, writing, understanding (listening comprehension), and speaking, are further developed in this course. Students learn vocabulary related to their environment and Hispanic culture. Vocabulary will be employed in context. Grammar is stressed; students must learn verb tenses so they can express themselves in Spanish using correct grammatical form. Students will write paragraphs and reports in Spanish. Continued enrollment in Spanish 4 is contingent upon the successful completion of Spanish 3.


Spanish 5-6

Level: Enriched 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in Spanish 4

Course description:

The four basic language skills, reading, writing, understanding, and speaking, continue to be stressed. Students discuss a variety of subjects, expressing their own thoughts and feelings in Spanish. Grammar is highly stressed, as well as advanced sentence structure and advanced communication. Spanish culture is also incorporated throughout the year including holidays and Spanish art. Continued enrollment in Spanish 6 is contingent upon a grade of C- or better in Spanish 5.


Spanish 7-8

Level: Enriched 12

Length of course: One year

Department: World Language

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in Spanish 6

Course description:

The four basic language skills, reading, writing, understanding, and speaking, continue to be stressed. Grammar is highly stressed as advanced grammar is presented in context and in the target language. Grammar is very heavily pushed as preparation for college level classes. Spanish culture continues to be stressed and is taught in Spanish with each quarter having an emphasis on the history of a Spanish speaking geographical area. Vocabulary is presented to support all these different histories. Students also discuss a variety of current topics and work independently and on group projects. Continued enrollment in Spanish 8 is contingent upon a grade of C- or better in Spanish 7.


World Languages Staff

Willitia Jackson - 309-698-7552 - wjackson@ep309.org

Hi, my name is Willitia Jackson. I am a Peoria native. I graduated from Manual High School. I attended Cornell College, in Mt. Vernon, IA. During my studies at Cornell College, I studied abroad in Bolivia and Ecuador. I have also traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading or experiencing Latin culture though travel.


Kelly Horn - 309-698-7537 - khorn@ep309.org

Señora Horn graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor’s in Spanish and received her master’s in teaching from Dominican University. She loves to travel and has studied abroad in Spain and Mexico. She has also traveled to Peru and Japan.


Jenny Norman - 309-698-7536 - jnorman@ep309.org

Jenny Norman received her B.A. in Classics and M.A. in Latin from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys cooking, baking, concerts, movies, and travel (especially with students!). She and her husband live in Dunlap with their son, Finny (and another son on the way), and their dog, Wrigley.

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