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Language Support Department

The Language Support Program offers the Cathedral English courses through this department to students accepted into the program. These courses parallel the 9th and 10th grade Academic English curricula, and the International Baccalaureate curriculum for 11th and 12th grades. Freshmen and sophomores in the Language Support Program also take two semesters of composition. Here, students practice writing products extensively with an emphasis on expository writing skills. These composition courses also stress organizational and study skills, while guiding students to recognize individual learning style and compensation needs. Testing accommodations, such as extended time testing on Cathedral course tests and high stakes tests including ECAs and college entrance tests, are arranged and monitored through this program.

 

All students accepted to the program have a psycho-educational evaluation within the past three years, diagnosing a language-processing weakness despite strong cognitive ability.  A Cathedral Accommodation Plan will be implemented and reviewed throughout the Cathedral career. Students are taught to advocate, study effectively, and grow in understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses. Honing these skills allows students to learn and advance in Cathedral’s challenging college preparatory environment, as students in the program take the Cathedral and state graduation requirements.

 

Between twenty-four and twenty-eight students are accepted into the program at the beginning of the freshman year, making these English classes between 12-14 students. Four semesters of composition are required during the first two years, rather than the Cathedral one semester course requirement, to more rapidly advance written expression ability. The junior and senior years offer one course which combines literature and composition for the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The IB certificate in English can be earned by successful completion of the IB assessments.

 

It is strongly recommended that all students take two or more years of a world language in preparation for college admission and success therein. Most students in the Language Support Program will be encouraged to study Latin I, II, and may continue to III, to assist with vocabulary building and word level comprehension. Other languages can be studied in certain cases.

 


English 9LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C611AF/C611AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
This course is required for all freshmen in the Language Support Program

Course Description:
This course surveys world literature selections from novels, short stories, mythology, poetry, and drama (Shakespeare selections.) Instruction is designed to match the learning styles and needs of students in the Language Support Program and enhance comprehension of both literature and non-fiction. For word-level comprehension and decoding skills, systematic vocabulary instruction expands word meaning and pronunciation strategies. A project-based approach for supporting reading growth utilizes student collaboration and technology for highly engaged language learning. Another aim of this course is to encourage students to apply comprehension strategies to other reading tasks for improved efficiency beyond the English courses for a variety of reading purposes.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Composition/Writing 9 (Academic) (Language Support)
C631AF/C631AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
This is a required course for all freshmen in Language Support Program

Course Description:
Composition provides structured practice in a variety of writing purposes with the goal of equipping students to write for all Cathedral courses, as well as future standardized tests. Through approaches for LSP students, frequent practice in persuasive, expository, and descriptive writing prompts builds automaticity and fluency while improving language mechanics, organization of thoughts, and grammar. Students also do writing assignments about the literature studied in the LSP English course, but expressing understanding of factual reading content is emphasized in this course to support students‘ skills for writing across the curriculum. A research paper is written in the second semester following explicit instruction in outlining, summarizing, research process, and MLA format. Organization and research-based study skills instruction is another component of this course. Grades for all courses on the student’s schedule are monitored as part of goal setting and enhanced growth mindset. Students are also encouraged to utilize accommodations per the Cathedral Plan to maximize academic success.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 10LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C612AF/C612AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Required of all students in Language Support Program.

Course Description:
This course expands critical reading skills across selections from Puritan to contemporary American literature. Instructional approaches, content, and assessments are designed for LSP learner needs. Teachers with expertise in exceptional learners provide a variety of research-based comprehension strategies through prose-other-than fiction, poetry, drama, and literature at the Academic level of difficulty. Students continue vocabulary instruction for word-level comprehension by examining syllabication and word analysis techniques which also expand reading decoding skills. Specialized instruction in comprehension strategies for not only literature, but for factual information as well, enhances comprehension abilities for students’ other coursework.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Composition/Writing 10 (Academic) (Language Support)
C632AF/C632AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Required of all sophomores in Language Support Program.

Course Description:
This course expands grammar, mechanics, and usage conventions as a continuation of Comp 9 with instruction designed for LSP students’ written expressen needs. Students practice a variety of writing purposes to equip them to write across the curriculum and on high-stakes’ assessments. Writing to demonstrate understanding of factual articles, as well as writing about literature is emphasized. Students write a literary research paper third quarter. Learning, memory, and organizational strategies are refined for the success in upperclass courses. The Cathedral resume is also created.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 11LS, IB SL (IB) (Language Support)
C613IF/C613IS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This course explores the International Baccalaureate English Literature curriculum with approaches designed for LSP students. The two main objectives are to develop “close-reading” and global mindedness. Much of the class is devoted to textual analysis. Assessments include Individual Oral Presentations, Interactive Orals, Literary Essay, journal responses, and reading quizzes. A Research Paper is also required. This course aims to develop the IB learner profile traits by providing opportunities for students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 12LS, IB SL (IB) (Language Support)
C614IF/C614IS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This course is a continuation of the curriculum of English 11, IB, designed for LSP students. Skills in close reading, speaking, and writing are scaffolded through the study of novels, poetry, prose other than fiction, and drama. Students expand written expression skills through a variety of essays, short answer response and a research paper. The IB English certificate, Standard Level, can be earned with the successful registration and completion of the IB Oral Commentary and two IB external assessments second semester. Analysis skills are emphasized for this college-ready course.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Latin I LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C615AF/C15AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This course is designed as an introduction to the classical Roman language and culture for Language Support students. Multisensory instruction will include the basic language skills of vocabulary, grammar, and reading of the Latin language. Latin derivatives will be emphasized to increase students’ English decoding and encoding skills. Students will complete a multimedia project each quarter on an aspect of Roman culture. The course maximizes Universal Design for Learning principles and affords students multiple avenues to learn, grow, and succeed.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Latin II LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C616AF/C616AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Latin I.

Course Description:
This course continues the multisensory study of Latin grammar, covering more complex grammatical structures. Students from LSP continue to increase Latin vocabulary. The study of Latin derivatives advances their English vocabulary. Ancient Roman history and culture are studied through translations, with a year-long focus on the fall of the republic and the foundation of the empire. Students complete a project each quarter on an aspect of Roman culture. The course maximizes Universal Design for Learning principles and affords students multiple avenues to learn, grow, and succeed.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Latin III LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C617AF/C617AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Latin II.

Course Description:
This course continues the multisensory study of more complex Latin grammar, such as the subjunctive mood. The students apply these grammatical structures to read and translate excerpts from works of various Latin authors, including Virgil’s Aeneid. Students experience a variety of literary forms in Latin. The students receive an in-depth perception of Roman history and culture through the words of the Romans themselves. Students also expand their English vocabulary through a structured study of Latin derivatives.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Latin IV LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C618AF/C618AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Latin III.

Course Description:
This course concludes the multisensory exploration of the more complex Latin grammar of the subjunctive mood, use of the supine and the syntactical construction of Latin poetry. The students will learn to apply these grammatical structures to read and translate excerpts from works of various Latin authors and modern works translated into Latin. The students will receive an in-depth perception of our retained Roman and Latin Culture through the words of the Romans themselves.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

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