Foreign Language

French I

French I (CP) – 8th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

French I introduces students to basic vocabulary and elementary structures of grammar, as well as cultural aspects of France and other French-speaking countries. The skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are emphasized, through the use of taped exercises, and programs on TV5.

French II

French II (CP) – 9th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: French I

French II, a continuation of French I, emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and continued mastery of basic and more advanced grammatical constructions. The skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing are emphasized, as well as the development of an appreciation of French culture. Prerequisite is French I or a passing grade on a proficiency test administered by Loyola or a state school system.

French III (Honors)

French III (Honors) – 9th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: French II

French III, an honors elective, helps students toward proficiency by using more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary. Cultural and historical information is presented in reading selections of increasing difficulty. Students write short essays and view French videotapes and online news programs to improve the skills of writing and listening comprehension.

French IV (AP)

French IV (CP) – 10th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: French III

French IV, an honors elective, continues to explore all aspects of the French language by working on the skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Vocabulary and grammar are emphasized through a variety of short reading selections. The textbook, Trésors du Temps is used, which combines an overview of French history with grammar and vocabulary. Students continue to use online news programs and French movies to improve listening comprehension skills.

French V

French V (AP) – 11th – 12th
1.0 credit


Prerequisite: French IV

French V AP is designed to prepare students to perform well on the AP French Language and Culture exam. Emphasis is placed on composition, vocabulary, speaking, and listening comprehension. Students present short exposes and write several compositions each quarter, as well as using online sources and French movies to improve listening comprehension skills.

Note: Most students who complete French III, IV or V at Loyola usually receive from three to nine hours of college credit, depending on the university attended.

Latin I

Latin I (CP) – 9th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

Latin I introduces students to elementary grammatical forms, basic vocabulary, and syntactic structures. Students practice translating simple sentences and narratives of extended prose. In the process of learning the mechanics of Latin grammar, the principles by which sentences are organized, and the influence of Latin on the Romance languages and English, students also become familiar with major events in Roman history and with the importance of the Roman Empire as a foundation for Western civilization.


Latin II (Honors)

Latin II (Hon) – 10th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Latin I

Honors Latin II covers the same goals as Latin II, but material is covered more quickly and in greater depth. Students in this course typically plan to continue their study of Latin in Latin III.

Latin III (Honors)

Latin III (Hon) – 11th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Latin II (Hon)

Honors Latin III strengthens students’ control of elements of grammar and syntax through readings of ancient authors that are progressively less adapted by modern editors. By the end of the course students will have a rigorous grasp of analytical principles that are applied to Latin and are also intended to help in future language studies. While becoming more familiar with major Roman authors, students also engage topics of political, cultural, and social history in the context of Roman civilization. Upon successful completion of Honors Latin III, students are prepared to begin the AP Latin course.

Latin IV

Latin IV (CP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Latin III (Hon)

AP Latin is a course of intensive readings in authors on which the AP Latin exam focuses. At present these authors are the poet Vergil and the great writer of Classical prose, Julius Caesar. Readings from these authors continue to exercise and expand the procedures of analysis students have practiced since beginning their study of Latin. Literary and stylistic analyses are designed to sharpen students’ grasp of Latin texts as they are experienced in the language of the poets and prose writers. Historical and cultural connections continue to be emphasized. Course work in AP Latin also has the consistent goal of preparing students to do well on the AP Latin exam.

Spanish I

Spanish I (CP) – 8th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

Spanish I establishes a foundation in elementary Spanish through the study of essential vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Culturally, students explore the Spanish-speaking world through geography and major holidays. At the end of the course, students should be able to communicate (listen, speak, read, and write) in basic, present-tense Spanish.

Spanish II

Spanish II (CP) – 9th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Spanish I (from Loyola College Prep or middle school)

Spanish II builds on the foundation set in first year. Culturally, students will learn about contributions from Spanish-speaking people in the areas of history, art, music, sports, and religion. At the end of the course, students should be able to narrate basic past and future events, as well as communicate more complex information about present events, in Spanish.

Spanish III (Honors)

Spanish III (Honors) – 10th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Spanish II

Spanish III, an honors elective course, continues to deepen students’ knowledge of Spanish language in the areas of culture, grammar, and vocabulary. Students comprehend more advanced reading passages and are expected to write compositions. Fluency in conversation continues to be emphasized. At the end of the course, students should be able to communicate with ease about past, present, future, and uncertain events, in Spanish.

Spanish IV (Honors)

Spanish IV (Honors) – 11th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Spanish III

Spanish IV, an honors elective course, is comprised of a thorough review of Spanish grammar, balanced with rigorous exercises in conversation and composition. The variety of levels in the course allows students to learn from each other as well as the teacher.

Spanish V (AP)

Spanish V (AP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Spanish IV

Spanish V AP is designed to prepare students for the Advance Placement Spanish Language examination. The students will consolidate their skills of narration, description, exposition and hypothesis on different topics. The students will engage in readings, conversations, composition, and research projects. Emphasis will be place on the mastery of the Spanish grammar, idiomatic expressions, and expansion of vocabulary.