Immersion (Chinese and Spanish)


With the state’s largest Language Immersion program, Minnetonka is uniquely prepared to support the goals of Chinese and Spanish Immersion students. Here are some ways students can make the most of their immersion experience at the high school level.

Printable Course Lists and Pathways

Freshman Year Options

Based on proficiency levels, interests, schedules and goals, students may elect to take one or two courses during ninth grade. The Immersion Language Arts options include taking AP Language and Culture or Immersion Language Arts 9. For Immersion Social Studies, students may elect to take Immersion Civics and Human Geography, which covers their 9th grade Social Studies requirement.

Advanced Placement and Beyond AP (Grades 9-12)

AP Language & Culture and beyond AP courses in Immersion Language Arts are available through grade 12.

International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)

As juniors and seniors, Immersion students may elect to take IB Language & Literature – Language A, Chinese or Spanish. Spanish students also have the opportunity to take IB Global Politics SL their junior or senior year.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Minnetonka High School is a two-year course of study encompassing six curriculum areas. Immersion students who choose to pursue the full Diploma Programme will be eligible for the Bilingual IB Diploma by completing two languages selected from Group 1 (IB Literature) with the award of 3 or higher in both OR by completing one Group 3 (IB Social Studies) subject in a language other than English.

Please visit www.minnetonkaschools.org/IB for more information and a course choice worksheet. Students interested in the full diploma program must express their interest through a brief online form (www.minnetonkaschools.org/IB) and meet with the MHS Advanced Learning Coordinator to discuss the two-year course options. Email Laura.Herbst@minnetonkaschools.org or telephone 952-401-5897.

Immersion Elective Options (Grades 9-12)

In addition to year-long Immersion courses, there are also semester-long Immersion elective offerings in both the World Languages and Social Studies departments. These semester electives are open to immersion students in grades 9-12, and can be taken “a la carte” in any order or combination with other Immersion classes.

VANTAGE

VANTAGE Global Business provides optional enrichment opportunities for immersion students. Immersion students meet with a language teacher several times per month during zero hour and participate in small group in-language discussions that are integrated with the VANTAGE curriculum. Pending the mentor pool for the year, immersion students may be paired with a bi-lingual mentor. Additionally, VANTAGE projects and events may include opportunities to use the target language in real-world situations.

Courses for Third-Language Learners

Immersion students can also choose to study a third language in either Chinese, French, German or Spanish.

Travel Study

Immersion students grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to travel with the school-sponsored trip to Chile or China and complete a travel study project.

Course Listing

Chinese Film and Culture

Course: #IM140
Grades Offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (one-semester course)
Prerequisites: K-8 enrollment in Chinese Immersion

This course will offer the opportunity for students to further develop their language skills by studying, watching and analyzing films from the Chinese-speaking world.

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IB Global Politics SL (Spanish Immersion)

Year-long social studies elective course which can be applied to the 12th grade required social studies credit
Course: #IM264, S1
Course: #IM265, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: K-10/11 enrollment in Spanish Immersion

This course aims to develop international mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives while studying contemporary political issues around the world

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IB Language and Literature SL, Language A (Chinese Immersion)

Course: #IM116, Year 1, S1
Course: #IM117, Year 1, S2
Course: #IM118, Year 2, S1
Course: #IM119, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11 (year 1); 12 (year 2)
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
Prerequisites: Chinese Humanities Honors (or AP Chinese Language and Culture with teacher recommendation)

This two-year course represents a new way of looking at the Chinese language, examining how language develops in specific cultural contexts and how it impacts the world.

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IB Language and Literature SL, Language A (Spanish Immersion)

Course: #IM216, Year 1, S1
Course: #IM217, Year 1, S2
Course: #IM218, Year 2, S1
Course: #IM219, Year 2, S2

Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
Prerequisites: Hispanic Humanities Honors (or AP Spanish Language and Culture with teacher recommendation)

This course represents a new way of looking at the Spanish language, examining how language develops in specific cultural contexts and how it impacts the world.

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Spanish Film and Culture

Course: #IM240
Grades Offered: 9-12 
Credits: .5 (one-semester course)
Prerequisites: K-8 enrollment in Spanish Immersion

This course will offer help students further develop their language skills by studying, watching and analyzing films from the Spanish-speaking world.

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