SD Language Courses

Title Units Total cost Available sections
Introduction to Latin 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Ancient Greek 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
First-Year Japanese 10 units (3 days/wk.) $950 0
Second-Year Japanese 10 units (3 days/wk.) $950 0
Third-Year Japanese 10 units (3 days/wk.) $950 0
Fourth-Year Japanese 10 units (3 days/wk.) $950 0

 

Introduction to Latin
Introduction to Latin is the equivalent of a semester-long high school course. It is intended for students who want to improve their English vocabulary, prepare to study a modern Romance language such as French or Spanish, develop good language study skills, and generally become more literate. Students will also get a solid grounding for a successful entry into a First-Year Latin course by learning the basic morphology, syntax, and grammar of Classical Latin. They will simultaneously improve their fluency in English by developing their Latin vocabulary with specific attention paid to Latin roots. Students will learn to understand Latin as a once-living language through interactive listening and speaking activities. Throughout the course, students will also be introduced to the historical and literary cultures of ancient Rome and the development of the Latin language into its modern descendants, including Spanish, Italian, and French.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-3 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3421
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Gaius Stern
Closed

 

Ancient Greek
This brand-new class will give students the chance to learn and read (and speak) a little bit of ancient Greek. You might be surprised how many words of human anatomy come from Greek! On the first day we will learn the Greek alphabet, and how to sound out words. In the next few lessons, we will learn the simple uses and case endings of nouns and a few verb tenses. We will then read several passages of ancient Greek from the Iliad and from Herodotus. Because we are approaching the 2500th anniversary of the battle of Thermopylae, we will read together Herodotus’s account of that famous battle where the 300 Spartans defied Xerxes. This class has no prerequisites, but students who have never before taken a foreign language may find Greek very challenging. Those who have studied any Latin will quickly understand many similar rules of Greek. Our goal is to achieve a mastery of a semester of ancient Greek.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-3 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3422
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Staff
Canceled

 

First-Year Japanese
This course is based on a fun, playful, and effective approach to learning Japanese. This method is a synthesis of many innovative teaching techniques developed to help accelerate students’ language learning. The two major components of this course are: (1) acquisition of basic communication skills of elementary Japanese and (2) learning hiragana and katakana syllabaries as well as some kanji characters. The language is taught multimodally: lots of physical movement, use of pictures and graphics, conversation practices, story telling, and some story creating. Students also learn about modern Japanese life. This course is equivalent to one year of high school Japanese.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hrs.
Tuition: $850 · Materials fees: $100 · Total: $950  
SD3424.1
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Junko Hosoi
Closed
SD3424.2
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Staff
Canceled

 

Second-Year Japanese
Using a multi-modal approach, the class will begin where First-Year Japanese left off. The course will include a comprehensive review of katakana and kanji that students have already learned, and the introduction of much more kanji. Emphasis will be placed on consolidation of listening and speaking skills; the additional grammar and constructions will advance students’ understanding even further. In addition to our focus on learning the language, students will learn about culture and customs in contemporary Japanese life. This course covers the full content of second-year high school Japanese.
Prerequisite: Completion of First-Year Japanese of permission of the Director.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hrs.
Tuition: $850 · Materials fees: $100 · Total: $950  
SD3425
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Keiko Yukawa & Tomoko Sakudo
Closed

 

Third-Year Japanese
In addition to furthering the development of listening and speaking skills, this course will also review grammar for advanced reading and writing. Students will add to their vocabulary of kanji and will study literary works. Cultural presentations will provide additional opportunities to learn about Japanese life and to practice language skills and conversation. This course covers the full content of third-year high school Japanese.
Prerequisite: Completion of Second-Year Japanese or permission of the Director.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-4 hrs.
Tuition: $850 · Materials fees: $100 · Total: $950  
SD3426
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Tomoko Sakudo
Closed

 

Fourth-Year Japanese
Fourth-Year Japanese will continue to build and develop language skills in conversation and writing. Speaking activities will explore the formal, informal, humble, and honorific forms. Literacy and vocabulary will focus on further mastery and acquisition of new kanji. As in preceding courses in the sequence, activities will revolve around lectures, discussions, skits, and literature. Students will also learn more about Japanese culture through films, games, and history. Class will be conducted primarily in Japanese. This course covers the full content of fourth-year high school Japanese.
Prerequisite: Completion of Third-Year Japanese or permission of the Director.
Grade requirements: Open to all qualified SD students.
Homework per class meeting: 2-5 hrs.
Tuition: $850 · Materials fees: $100 · Total: $950  
SD3428
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Tomoko Sakudo
Closed