World Languages

A student may begin or continue the study of world languages at Minnetonka High School. French, German, Chinese, American Sign Language and Spanish are offered in all grades. Chinese, French, Spanish and German students who have successfully completed level I in 8th grade should register for Chinese II, French II or II Honors, German II or Spanish II or II Honors. Students should speak with their current world language teacher for placement guidance when deciding if they should enroll in the honors or regular program. Students should also keep in mind that the honors program feeds into IB and AP options starting at level 4.

Printable Course List

Immersion

Immersion continuation in grades 9-12 includes courses taught in both the World Language and Social Studies departments. See Immersion - Chinese and Spanish.

Switching Pathways

Students will not be allowed to switch from accelerated classes to regular classes, or vice versa, without teacher’s approval. The World Languages Department has clear guidelines that must be met before any changes can occur.

For further information, please speak with your current teacher. International Baccalaureate (IB) Language B Standard Level (SL) and IB Higher Level (HL) is offered in Chinese, French, German and Spanish at level 4 and 5. Students entering Minnetonka High School from other school districts and/or international study or unique programs should consult with the World Language department chairperson to determine the correct placement and possible credit for previous study/experience.

All world language courses are iPad integrated.

College Credit

Students planning to attend a college or university can often satisfy their college admission and/or graduation requirements by taking world language courses during high school. All world language courses are electives.

Course Listing

American Sign Language I

Course: #3800, S1
Course: #3801, S2
Course: #T460*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T461*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

Students in this course are introduced to American Sign Language and Deaf culture, focusing on frequently used signs.

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American Sign Language II

Course: #3802, S1
Course: #3803, S2
Course: #T462*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T463*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: ASL I 

Students expand their sign vocabulary, grammar, and deaf culture using appropriate facial expressions and body movements taught in level I.

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American Sign Language III

Course: #3804, S1
Course: #3805, S2
Course: #T464*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T465*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: ASL II 

American Sign Language III will expand upon level two learning which includes vocabulary, sign production, grammar, and deaf culture.

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AP French V 

Course: #AP500, S1
Course: #AP502, S2 
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French IV and permission from the instructor or IB French SL

The course provides students with opportunities to connect with Francophone culture using the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) in a variety of tasks.

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Chinese II

Course: #3608, S1
Course: #3610, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)

Students will learn how to compare and contrast, to talk about when and how things are happening, have happened, or will happen, give more complex descriptions and commands and begin to support arguments.

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Chinese III

Course: #3612, S1
Course: #3614, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites:    Chinese II

Students will continue practice in the four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will concentrate on expressing arguments and producing longer narratives in Chinese.

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Chinese IV

Course: #3616, S1
Course: #3618, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Chinese III    

Students will learn more Chinese characters and will develop the abilities to express themselves at greater length with more fluency.

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Chinese V

Course: #3620, S1
Course: #3622, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Chinese IV    

Chinese V will help students raise their Chinese language proficiency and cultural awareness and further develop students’ four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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French for the 3rd Language Learner (FTL) 

Course: #IB340, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB342, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB344, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB346, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
 .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisite: K-8 Language Immersion or students who have been successful in their prior language learning.

This two-year course is designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. The course is comprised of three interconnected areas: language, themes, and texts.

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French I

Course: #3300, S1
Course: #3301, S2
Course: #T422F*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T423W*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
*Online, complete part 1 before part 2.
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

In French 1, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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French II

Course: #3302, S1
Course: #3303, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French I 

In French II, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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French II Honors

Course: #3308, S1
Course: #3309, S2
Course: #T424*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T425*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
*Online, complete part 1 before part 2.
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French I    

In French II Honors, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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French III

Course: #3304, S1
Course: #3305, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 10-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisites: French II or French II Honors with permission from teacher 

In French III, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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French III Honors

Course: #3310, S1
Course: #3311, S2
Course: #T426F*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T427*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
*Online, complete part 1 before part 2.
Grade(s) offered: 10-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French II Honors or French II with permission from teacher 

In French III Honors, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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French IV

Course: #3306, S1
Course: #3307, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French III or French III Honors

In French IV, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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French V

Course: #3320, S1
Course: #3321, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French IV

In French V, students will continue to make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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German for the 3rd Language Learner (GTL)

Course: #IB308, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB310, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB312, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB314, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisite: K-8 Language Immersion enrollment or students who have been successful in their prior language learning.

This course is designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. It is ideal for immersion students who would like to learn German as a third language.

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German I

Course: #3400, S1
Course: #3401, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisites: No previous experience needed.
    
Students will develop proper German pronunciation along with appropriate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

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German III 

Course: #3404, S1
Course: #3405, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 10-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: German II or with permission from teacher 

German III is for motivated students who want to achieve a higher level of proficiency in the German language.

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German II 

Course: #3402, S1
Course: #3403, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: German I or with permission from teacher

Students will continue to develop their communication skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking German.

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IB Ab Initio – French 

Course: #IB332, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB334, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB336, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB338, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisites: None

IB Ab Initio is a highly rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors. It is designed to give students with little or no prior French language experience IB language acquisition credit.

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IB Ab Initio German

Course: #IB300, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB302, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB304, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB306, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

IB Ab Initio is a highly rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors. It is designed to give students with little or no prior German language experience IB language acquisition credit.

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IB Ab Initio Spanish

Course: #IB316, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB318, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB320, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB322, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)

IB Ab Initio is a highly rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors. It is designed to give students with little or no prior Spanish language experience IB language acquisition credit.

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IB Chinese HL

Course: #IB204, S1
Course: #IB206, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB Chinese SL

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the target language.

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IB Chinese SL

Course: #IB200, S1
Course: #IB202, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Chinese IV

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the Chinese language.

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IB French HL

Course: #IB212, S1
Course: #IB214, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB French SL

IB French HL is the second year of study following SL. Students will continue to study of a variety of topics, including: cultural leisure activities, holidays, festivals, and traditions.

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IB French SL

Course: #IB208, S1
Course: #IB210, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: French III Honors

In IB French SL, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking cultures.

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IB German HL

Course: #IB228, S1
Course: #IB230, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB German SL

Students will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the German language.

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IB German SL

Course: #IB224, S1
Course: #IB226, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: German III 

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the German language.

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IB Spanish HL

Course: #IB276, S1
Course: #IB278, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: IB Spanish SL

In Spanish IB HL, students will continue to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the German language.

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IB Spanish SL

Course: #IB272, S1
Course: #IB274, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish III Honors or Spanish 3 with recommendation from instructor

Students in the IB program will work to comprehend and express sophisticated ideas in both written and oral discourse in the target language.

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Spanish for the 3rd Language Learner (STL) 

Course: #IB324, Year 1, S1
Course: #IB326, Year 1, S2
Course: #IB328, Year 2, S1
Course: #IB330, Year 2, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: 2.0 (two-year course)
    .5 (per semester)
Prerequisite: K-8 language immersion or students who have been successful in their prior language learning. 

This two-year course is designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. ​​​​​The course is comprised of three interconnected areas: language, themes, and texts.

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Spanish I

Course: #3500, S1
Course: #3501, S2
Course: #T400*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T401*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None    

In Spanish I, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures

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Spanish II

Course: #3502, S1
Course: #3503, S2 
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish I

In Spanish II, students will add commands and the past tense to their language, and make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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Spanish II Honors

Course: #3508, S1
Course: #3509, S2
Course: #T402*, part 1, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T403*, part 2, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
*Online, complete part 1 before part 2.
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish I

In Spanish II Honors, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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Spanish III

Course: #3504, S1
Course: #3505, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish II or Spanish II Honors

In Spanish 3, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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Spanish III Honors

Course: #3510, S1
Course: #3511, S2
Course: #T406F, Tonka Online 
Course: #T407W, Tonka Online 
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish II Honors

In Spanish III Honors, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures.

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Spanish IV

Course: #3506, S1
Course: #3507, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish III or Spanish III Honors

In Spanish IV, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures through a study of a variety of topics.

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Spanish IV Honors

Course: #3516, S1
Course: #3517, S2 
Grade(s) offered:12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)    
Prerequisites: Spanish III Honors

The course is taught, exclusively, in Spanish. Coursework involves an advanced study, review and mastery of grammatical concepts and further literary study and advanced composition.  

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Spanish Levels I and II (Accelerated)

Course: #3520, S1
Course: #3521, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None; however, we recommend prior language experience in Spanish and/or another language.

This is a fast-paced, year-long course that will cover the traditional scope of Spanish I and II. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to accelerate their learning.

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Spanish V

Course: #3518, S1
Course: #3519, S2    
Grade(s) offered: 12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Spanish IV or Spanish IV Honors 

In Spanish V, students will make connections to their lives and to the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures.

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