Languages and Cultural Studies Department

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  • Philosophy

    The Language and Cultural Studies Department at Xaverian aims to promote linguistic and cultural literacy while cultivating a life-long appreciation and enthusiasm for languages and the cultures they reflect. We believe that all students can learn a new language and that a global mindset is a necessity and an asset in today's society. 

Languages and Cultural Studies Department Goals

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  • Engage All Types of Learners

    To offer a variety of different learning strategies aimed at engaging all types of learners in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Foster Respect and Appreciation for All Cultures

    To create a classroom environment that fosters mutual respect, appreciation, and joy for all cultures. 
  • Promote Language Learning

    To promote language learning beyond the instructional setting, we focus on the national standards for foreign language learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

High School Courses

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  • Italian 9

    This course aims to develop higher cognitive thinking skills that will enable students to understand, speak, read, and write in Italian within the appropriate cultural framework. Student-centered activities including conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, computerized instruction, and audio-visual materials all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. Students receive instruction in the construction of well-organized paragraphs of at least fifty words using the target language. At the end of the course, students will be able to converse and write with some ease of expression about familiar topics in the NYS curriculum, have knowledge of grammatical foundations of Italian, and have exposure to an overall cultural view of the countries where Italian is spoken.
  • Italian 9 Honors

    This honors course aims to develop the advanced skills within an advanced range that will enable students to understand, speak, read, and write in Italian within the appropriate cultural framework. Student-centered activities including conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, computerized instruction, and audio-visual materials all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to an above average measure of language proficiency. Students receive instruction in the construction of well-organized paragraphs of at least eighty words. At the end of the course, students will be able to converse and write with ease about familiar topics listed in the NYS curriculum, have knowledge of grammatical foundations of Italian, and have some notions about the culture of Italian-speaking countries.
  • Italian 10

    This course stresses the improvement of the productive skills (speaking and writing) as well as the learning of more complex grammatical structures and expressions, combined with further study of Italian culture. Real-life activities, including the reading of periodicals and the completion of audio-video projects, are an integral part of the course. The writing requirement is expanded to well-organized paragraphs with a minimum of 100 words using the target language.
  • Italian 10H

    The aims of the level 9 course are continued at a more advanced level in honors courses, which are conducted mostly in the target language. Stress is on developing aural, oral, and writing skills, as well as general fluency in speech. Students’ conversational abilities are enhanced through the learning of idiomatic expressions typical of native speakers. The writing requirement is expanded to well-organized paragraphs with a minimum of 110 words using the target language. Reading is intensified through the study of several representative works by distinguished authors. More complete grammatical constructions are presented. An ongoing cultural survey introduces the student to the history, geography, literature, and culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • Italian 11

    This upper-level Italian class focuses on the study and practice of all elements necessary to achieve a degree of proficiency that allows students to interact successfully with native speakers in everyday situations. This is complemented with representative reading selections in the target language that will contribute to a deeper cultural understanding. The writing requirement is expanded to well-organized compositions with a minimum of 150 words using the target language. A midterm exam is given in January and the NYS Regents Comprehensive examination equivalent, which counts as part of the final examination, is administered upon completion of the course.
  • Italian 11H

    This course reviews more intensely the basic skills in communication through a progressive use of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students will continue to develop proficiency in the target language through more extensive training in the expression and fluency in both the written and spoken forms of the language. A midterm exam is given in January and the NYS Regents Comprehensive examination equivalent, which counts as part of the final examination, is administered upon completion of the course.
  • Syracuse University Italian 12H

    This is a course designed to further develop, strengthen and refine the skills of students who have achieved proficiency in the language. The course offers students a full review of Italian grammar together with the development of speaking and writing skills, and a consistent exposure to Italian language and culture. To achieve these goals, students engage in interactive oral activities, write weekly compositions, read and discuss a variety of authentic texts that include current events, cultural life, and literary selections. In addition, students watch films, documentaries, and footage from Italian television which they will write about and discuss. Grading in the course is based on the quality of work in these activities throughout the course as well as oral and written examinations.

    Prerequisites:
    • 85% or above in Italian Honors classes or 90% or above in Academy classes
    • Language teacher recommendation
    • This is an approved elective course for students in any of the Honors Programs.
    • This course is open to seniors only for Syracuse credit.
    *Students successfully passing this course will be eligible to receive up to 4 college credits through Syracuse University.  Students will be responsible for all additional fees charged by Syracuse as well as completing any required applications for acceptance to the Project Advance Program.
  • Spanish 9

    This course aims to develop higher cognitive thinking skills that will enable students to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish within the appropriate cultural framework. Student-centered activities including conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, computerized instruction, and audio-visual materials all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. Students receive instruction in the construction of well-organized paragraphs of at least fifty words using the target language. At the end of the course, students will be able to converse and write with some ease of expression about familiar topics in the NYS curriculum, have knowledge of grammatical foundations of Spanish, and have exposure to an overall cultural view of the countries where Spanish is spoken.
  • Spanish 9 Honors

    This honors course aims to develop the advanced skills within an advanced range that will enable students to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish within the appropriate cultural framework. Student-centered activities including conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, computerized instruction, and audio-visual materials all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to an above average measure of language proficiency. Students receive instruction in the construction of well-organized paragraphs of at least eighty words. At the end of the course, students will be able to converse and write with ease about familiar topics listed in the NYS curriculum, have knowledge of grammatical foundations of Spanish, and have some notions about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. 
  • Spanish 10

    This course stresses the improvement of the productive skills (speaking and writing) as well as the learning of more complex grammatical structures and expressions, combined with further study of Spanish culture. Real-life activities, including the reading of periodicals and the completion of audio-video projects, are an integral part of the course. The writing requirement is expanded to well-organized paragraphs with a minimum of 100 words using the target language. 
  • Spanish 10H

    The aims of the level 9 courses are continued at a more advanced level in honors courses, which are conducted mostly in the target language. Stress is on developing aural, oral and writing skills, as well as general fluency in speech. Students’ conversational abilities are enhanced through the learning of idiomatic expressions typical of native speakers. The writing requirement is expanded to well-organized paragraphs with a minimum of 110 words using the target language. Reading is intensified through the study of several representative works by distinguished authors. More complete grammatical constructions are presented. An ongoing cultural survey introduces the student to the history, geography, literature, and culture of the countries where the language is spoken. 
  • Spanish 11

    The upper level focuses on the study and practice of all elements necessary to achieve a degree of proficiency that allows students to interact successfully with native speakers in everyday situations. This is complemented with representative reading selections in the target language that will contribute to a deeper cultural understanding. The writing requirement is expanded to well-organized compositions with a minimum of 150 words using the target language. A midterm exam is given in January and the NYS Regents Comprehensive examination equivalent, which counts as part of the final examination, is administered upon completion of the course.
  • Spanish 11H

    This course reviews more intensely the basic skills in communication through a progressive use of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will continue to develop proficiency in the target language through more extensive training in the expression and fluency in both the written and spoken forms of the language. A midterm exam is given in January and the NYS Regents Comprehensive examination equivalent, which counts as part of the final examination, is administered upon completion of the course.
  • Syracuse University Spanish 12H

    This is a course designed to further develop, strengthen, and refine the skills of students who have achieved proficiency in the language. The course offers students a full review of Spanish grammar together with the development of speaking and writing skills, and a consistent exposure to the Spanish language and culture. To achieve these goals, students engage in interactive oral activities, write weekly compositions, read and discuss a variety of authentic texts that include current events, cultural life, and literary selections. In addition, students watch films, documentaries, and footage from Spanish television which they will write about and discuss. Grading in the course is based on the quality of work in these activities throughout the course as well as on oral and written examinations.

    Prerequisites:
    • 85% or above in Spanish Honors classes or 90% or above in Academy classes
    • Language teacher recommendation
    • This is an approved elective course for students in any of the Honors Programs.
    • This course is open to seniors only for Syracuse credit
    *Students successfully passing this course will be eligible to receive up to 4 college credits through Syracuse University.  Students will be responsible for all additional fees charged by Syracuse as well as completing any required applications for acceptance to the Project Advance Program.

Middle School Courses

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  • Latin 6

    This course aims to develop basic skills to understand, speak, read and write the Latin language within the appropriate cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the structure of Latin, begin to learn about the people who spoke the language, and are introduced to specific cultural and literary highlights. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials, all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to correctly analyze Latin and English sentences, understand and translate simple texts; they will also have been exposed to an overall cultural view of the Latin-speaking world.
  • Latin 7

    This course aims to develop basic skills to understand, speak, read and write the Latin language within the appropriate cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the structure of Latin, begin to learn about the people who spoke the language, and are introduced to specific cultural and literary highlights. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials, all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to correctly analyze Latin and English sentences, understand and translate simple texts; they will also have been exposed to an overall cultural view of the Latin-speaking world. 
  • Latin 8

    This course aims to develop basic skills to understand, speak, read and write the Latin language within the appropriate cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the structure of Latin, begin to learn about the people who spoke the language, and are introduced to specific cultural and literary highlights. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials, all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to correctly analyze Latin and English sentences, understand and translate simple texts; they will also have been exposed to an overall cultural view of the Latin-speaking world.
  • Spanish 7

    This course aims to develop the communicative skills of a language: speaking, reading, writing, and listening within a cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the grammatical structure of the Spanish language as well as the awareness and appreciation of the culture of different Spanish-speaking countries. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to basic language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to communicate on a basic level in Spanish and have an understanding of the cultures of the Hispanic-speaking world.
  • Spanish 8

    Spanish 8 is designed to develop the four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These will enable students to communicate and understand the target language outside of the classroom, as well as assist native speakers. Students at this level are expected to try to communicate regularly in Spanish with the teacher and classmates. 

Specialized Studies Courses

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  • Spanish I

    The students will learn the vocabulary, grammar, and proper structure of the Spanish language. This course offers students with no previous experience in Spanish the opportunity to acquire the basic skills necessary to speak, read and write in a second language. The students will also become familiar with the culture and develop an appreciation of cultural distinctions. All lessons include the implementation of a variety of mediums to facilitate learning and follow the learning standard guidelines set forth in the NY State curriculum.
  • Spanish II

    This course offers students who have completed Spanish I an opportunity to practice the skills necessary for speaking, reading, and writing in a second language. All lessons include the implementation of a variety of media to facilitate learning and all lessons follow the learning standard guidelines set forth in the NY State curriculum

Languages and Cultural Studies Department Members

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  • Photo of Daron Hernandez

    Daron Hernandez 

    Language Department Chairperson
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  • Photo of Patrick Drexler

    Patrick Drexler 05

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x843
  • Photo of Maria Giarracca

    Maria Giarracca 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x810
  • Photo of Nancy Hilbert

    Nancy Hilbert 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x876
  • Photo of Zonella Husband

    Zonella Husband 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x855
  • Photo of Jesus Martinez

    Jesus Martinez 

    Teacher
    718-836-7100 x841
  • Photo of Nayat M'Hamed

    Nayat M'Hamed 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x857
  • Photo of David Miller

    David Miller 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x839
  • Photo of Maria Grazia Notarnicola

    Maria Grazia Notarnicola 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x829
  • Photo of Ludovica Zaccaria

    Ludovica Zaccaria 

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x815
  • Photo of Michael Zanca

    Michael Zanca 14

    Teacher
    (718) 836-7100 x824

Xaverian

Established in 1957, Xaverian is one of thirteen schools nationwide sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.