Alternative Electives Course Selection

  • NAME COURSE # GRADE LEVEL CREDITS
    Spanish 1 4213 9-12 2 2.5
    Spanish 2 4214 9-12 2 2.5
    Portuguese 1 4313 9-12 2 2.5
    Portuguese 2 4314 9-12 2 2.5
    Career Readiness 1 5031 9 2 2.5
    Career Readiness 2 5052 10 2 2.5
    Virtual High School Half-year Course Varies 11-12 1, 2, 5 2.5
    Virtual High School Full-year Course Varies 11-12 1, 2, 5 5.0
    Medical Terminology 2500 11/12 2 2.5

    4213 – SPANISH I
    2.5 CREDITS

    This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Students learn vocabulary and concepts of basic grammar, allowing them to communicate information about themselves and others using simple sentences, both orally and in writing. The practice of all four language skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing- helps students solidify their acquisition of the Spanish language. In addition, students become familiar with cultures of different Spanish speaking countries through a variety of multi-media resources. Active participation in class activities and completion of daily homework assignments are required.

    4214 – SPANISH II
    2.5 CREDITS

    At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on communication. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order, and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. Vocabulary and grammar is introduced in thematic units that are centered on interdisciplinary and cultural themes. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. Students at this beginner level will continue to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks.

    4313 – PORTUGUESE I
    2.5 CREDITS

    As an introductory language course, the first year will establish the foundation necessary for language acquisition through varied listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities in the target language. While it is imperative that students gain knowledge of the basic structures of the language, it is also important that they go beyond the simple manipulation of forms. Students are encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves in the language. In addition, students will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks. Student assessment will include traditional quizzes and tests, roleplaying dialogs, oral/aural quizzes, journal entries, structural and cultural mini projects, and a major research project on target countries, primarily in English. Upon completion of Portuguese I, students perform simple communicative tasks using single words in naming articles in the classroom or listing their favorite foods. Students also use common phrases and expressions to complete simple tasks, such as saying “good morning” and stating their name, age, and where they live.

    4314 – PORTUGUESE II
    2.5 CREDITS

    At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on accuracy of expression. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. There will be a wide variety of assessments used at this level involving both individual research and group activities. The primary objective is the preparation for reading, both for comprehension and for cultural appreciation. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. In addition, the student will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Frameworks. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. A grade of C- or higher in Level I of the language is recommended. Student assessment will include, but is not limited to traditional quizzes and tests, role-playing dialogs, oral/aural quizzes, journal entries, structural and cultural mini-projects and two or more major projects: reflexive versus non-reflexive verbs, family project, designing a city, cookbook project, fashion show video or department store video. Upon completion of Portuguese II, students continue to perform simple communicative tasks using selected words, phrases, and expressions with no major repeated patterns of error.

    5031—CAREER READINESS I
    2.5 CREDITS

    Career Readiness I is a one-trimester course exposing students to the foundation skills in the areas of employability, management, business communication, and technology. This course addresses the Vocational Technical Education Framework Standardized Strand 4 (Employability and Career Readiness), Strand 5 (Management & Entrepreneurship), and Strand 6 (Technological). As part of the course, students will be required to complete course work in employability, professionalism, business communication, web research, digital citizenship, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

    5032—CAREER READINESS II
    2.5 CREDITS

    Career Readiness II is a one-trimester course exposing students to the foundation skills in the areas of employability, accounting, business law, and entrepreneurship practices, while continuing instruction in business communication. This course addresses the Vocational Technical Education Framework Standardized Strand 4 (Employability and Career Readiness), Strand 5 (Management & Entrepreneurship), and Strand 6 (Technological). As part of the course, students will be required to complete course work in the areas of employability, accounting, business law, entrepreneurship, and business communication.

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
    2.5 CREDITS (HALF YEAR)
    5 CREDITS (FULL YEAR)

    As a member of the Virtual High School Collaborative, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (VHS) is now able to offer hundreds of additional online courses. The VHS program is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students in VHS are given two or four periods in each academic rotation for their VHS class and are responsible for logging in and doing their classwork while in shop or on co-op. Learn more about Virtual High School here.

    2500 – MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
    2.5 CREDITS

    This course teaches the basic design of medical terminology as used in academic, business, and health institutions. Applying a unique instructional system of memory technology, the student learns to interpret and understand thousands of complex medical terms using root words, prefixes and suffixes. Comprehensive presentations of various body systems and anatomical structures provide a powerful foundation for technical language used in medical practices. No previous knowledge of biology, anatomy, or physiology is needed.