Foreign Language Department
· THE · BOARD · OF · EDUCATION · OF · THE · CITY · OF · NEW · YORK ·
NEW UTRECHT HIGH SCHOOL
Svetlana Litvin, Principal
1601 80th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214
|(718) 232-2500 (VOICE)
(718) 259-5526 (FAX)
Foreign Language and ENL Department
Foreign Language Department
Foreign language has great value for travel, culture, academic understanding and personal enjoyment. In addition, the knowledge of a foreign language is an extremely important asset to anyone in the competitive job market of today. This is true of all occupations and professions.
For those interested in business, health careers, social work, teaching and law enforcement, foreign language is an essential skill. This is especially true in a multilingual city like New York in an age when travel and relations with other countries are becoming increasingly important. For those students who plan to attend college, it is important to know that most colleges today have foreign language requirements and that many, such as Brooklyn College, will accept 3 years of foreign language study and a passing grade on the 3-year Regent examination as satisfactory completion of the foreign language requirement.
Today, in order to receive a high school diploma, ALL students must fulfill a minimum language requirement of 1 year of study in foreign language.
We offer study in the following languages: Chinese, Italian, and Spanish. Please browse the descriptions of all of our courses listed below.
LEVEL I - CHINESE, ITALIAN, SPANISH, 1 and 2
Students acquire the four language skills- speaking, listening, reading and writing on an elementary level. Special emphasis is given to the acquisition of correct pattern or pronunciation.
LEVEL II- CHINESE, ITALIAN, SPANISH 3 and 4
The four skills are taught on an intermediate level. Students learn to express their ideas in a verbal and written form in the foreign language. Students begin to enjoy reading prose in the foreign language.
LEVEL III- CHINESE, ITALIAN, SPANISH 5 and 6
Students complete their study of the fundamentals of the language. Emphasis is placed on developing self-expression in written and oral form. Classes enjoy an introduction to literature in the foreign language.
AP LEVEL- CHINESE, ITALIAN, SPANISH
Students study advance literature and grammar. The classes enjoy exposure to culture and engage in projects that connect to their lives and language.
Honor classes are given at all levels for those students who are gifted in foreign language. Students are enrolled in these classes on the basis of teacher recommendations. Those chosen for honor classes enjoy the benefits of an enriched curriculum.
CHINESE FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
This course provides an opportunity for the ELL students to perfect his or her language skills with special emphasis on reading and writing. In addition, students gain an appreciation of their original culture in terms of literature, history, geography and customs.
SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
This course provides an opportunity for the ELL students to perfect his or her language skills with special emphasis on reading and writing. In addition, students gain an appreciation of their original culture in terms of literature, history, geography customs and traditions.
CHINESE BI-LINGUAL PROGRAM
This provides a smooth transition into the mainstream of school and community life. Students are given intensive training in English as well as bilingual instruction in Social Studies, Math and Science. In addition, students study their native language on an advanced level in order to perfect their language skills and knowledge of their first language.
THE ACADEMY OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism prepares students for post-secondary education and careers through a theme-based, contextualized curriculum approach. Academic learning experiences are combined with hands-on work experience to help students develop the thinking and problem-solving skills critical to post-secondary education and career success. Students have opportunities to partake in speech courses, cooking classes the Academy and qualify for the internship and seminars in law and business; and attend two major events "Shadow Day" and the "Student Conference". After their third year in the program, they qualify for a paid and school credit summer internship. In their senior year, they qualify for a paid college course with a partnered university. The minimum requirement is a 75 % average to be in Academy and qualify for the internship.
Antoinette Carlsen, Coordinator
Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLUBS
We offer Asian, Italian, and Spanish Clubs
New Utrecht features an active program of foreign language clubs. Students participate on a voluntary basis. Teachers help them to organize cultural activities, trips and social activities which focus on foreign language experience. Please visit our club pages for more information.