World Languages Department

The Mission of TMI's World Languages Department is to prepare our motivated students to communicate with respect and cultural understanding in more than one language, accomplishing such preparation through a curriculum that incorporates linguistics, literature, culture and history as well as offering our students opportunities to interact with outside communities to use the target language.    

Communication through language is at the core of the entire human experience. How human societies cluster together in language families brings a beautiful kaleidoscope of vitality to our world cultures. What languages to focus study on is an ongoing discussion. Do we study other languages for economic benefit or to gain experiences that enrich our lives?

At TMI Episcopal we have chosen Latin and Spanish as our world languages of study. Latin has been offered at TMI since 1893. It is the mother language of Western society and the basis for so much of our modern culture. Our Latin classes are small, close knit and quite active in local and national competitions.

Spanish is the language of study for 75% of our students, the native language of a number of our students and the first European language of Texas. Students want to study Spanish at TMI for the reality of local history and our proximity to Mexico. Our Spanish teachers’ goal is to get students speaking and comprehending from the first level. We are proud to have a good number of students study Spanish beyond the required courses.

World Languages Long-Term Transfer Goals:
What World Languages long-term transfer goals should all TMI Episcopal graduates achieve?
  • Understand and appreciate other cultures and experience them through travel and through active engagement in the community and abroad.
  • Demonstrate comfort and confidence communicating in a second language.
  • Communicate effectively in the second language in multiple settings and various types of audiences.
  • Display appropriate cultural understanding when communicating in the second language.
  • Apply linguistic knowledge to deepen understanding of a second language.
  • Value productive struggle and the process of acquiring a new language.
  • Make interdisciplinary and etymological connections within and between languages to become a more engaged global citizen.

World Languages

  • AP Latin

    This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Latin Caesar/Vergil Advanced Placement exam. Emphasis will be placed on close reading, literal translation, and contextual analysis of the selections of Caesar’s Commentarii De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid included on the AP Latin syllabus, in addition to reading other Latin authors such as Cicero, Livy, Ovid and Catullus at sight, scansion of dactylic hexameter, and attention to idiomatic expressions and literary figures. Instruction will range from close grammatical analysis of passages to broader discussions of themes found in the literature, such as Roman values, Roman views on leadership and duty, relations between humans and gods, war and empire, and other cultural and historical topics.  Placement is based on teacher recommendation.
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture

    This one year course is designed for fluent Spanish speakers with excellent vocabulary and grammar usage. The object of this class is to introduce students to a wide variety of Hispanic authors in prose and poetry. Works will be analyzed in depth so that the students are comfortable discussing different authors. Methods used for the class include: reading, essays, group discussions and short presentations. All students enrolled in this class must take the nationally administered AP exam in May. Students who perform well on the exam may receive college credit and/or placement into advanced college courses. Departmental approval is required.  Placement is based on departmental approval.
  • AP Spanish Language & Culture

    This two semester course is designed to carry students further in their development of advanced language skills while deepening their insight into Hispanic culture through exposure to the works of modern writers. Grammar is reviewed, and selections from Spanish and Latin American literature are studied. The development of oral proficiency is emphasized throughout the course, which culminates in the nationally-administered AP Exam in May. Students who perform well on this exam may receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. Placement is based on departmental approval
  • Exploratory Latin - Q1

    Exploratory Latin (Quarter Rotation) Exposure to Latin for the first time will stress vocabulary, Roman history, culture and geography. This course will be less grammar intensive but will serve as a way to excite young students about the wonderful advantages to studying the lingua franca of the classical world and the endless connections to modern English and to western culture. This is a one-quartercourse, which rotates with three other offerings in the sixth grade.
  • Exploratory Spanish - Q1

    Exploratory Spanish (Quarter Rotation) Exploratory Spanish is a dynamic introduction into the heritage language of the Southwest. Culture, music,vocabulary and authentic conversation will leave thestudents wanting for more. This is a one-quartercourse, which rotates with three other offerings in the sixth grade.
  • Introduction to Latin

    Introduction to Latin This two semester course focuses on basic elements of Latin and the pervasive influence of Rome’s language on English and Rome’s civilization on western development as a whole. Students learn beginning vocabulary and grammar principles as well as a wide variety of classical culture, including mythology, Roman history, and daily life.
    (*Native Spanish speakers take this class in 7th grade)
  • Introduction to Spanish

    Introduction to Spanish This two semester course stresses the basics of communication, both oral and written. Vocabulary, grammar and culture are integrated and rooted into meaningful real life situations. Students practice interpreting, expressing and negotiating meaning in Spanish through frequent peer interaction.
  • Latin 1 - MS

    This two semester course concentrates on the mastery of essential Latin grammar, vocabulary, and translation skills while exploring Roman culture. Students become familiar with Roman achievements in art, architecture, and literature, with Roman daily life, and with mythology. Roman influence on our language and world is stressed.
  • Latin II

    This two-semester course continues to build upon the linguistic and cultural foundations established in Latin I in order to further construct the necessary framework of vocabulary, grammatical, and syntactical knowledge of the Latin language and the cultural, historical, and literary context of the ancient Greco-Roman world necessary for the comprehension and translation of authentic, un-adapted Latin texts. Emphasis is placed on linguistic connections between Latin and English, reinforcing the significant value of the study of Latin for speakers of English.
  • Latin III Honors

    Latin III Honors This two semester course combines grammar review with excerpts from important Roman prose and poetry writers. Selections from Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Martial, and Pliny are included, along with advanced study in Roman culture, history, and mythology.  
  • Latin IV Honors

    This two-semester course continues and extends the foundations established in Latin I-III with emphasis on appreciation of authentic classical literature from prominent authors of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, including such prose authors as Caesar and Cicero, among others, and such poets as Catullus, Vergil, Horace and Ovid. The historical, cultural, and literary context of each author will be highlighted. Studies in Latin meter accompany the poetry reading and analysis. This course serves the dual purpose of preparing students for the rigor and attention-to-detail required to be well prepared for the AP Latin course as well as providing an enrichment course for those who prefer to pursue further Latin study without the restrictions of the AP Latin syllabus. Accordingly, adjustments will be made by the instructor in order to meet student needs. Placement is based on departmental approval
     
  • Spanish 1 - Heritage - MS

    This course is for 8th grade students who are Spanish heritage speakers or with a dual-language program immersion and fluent in the Spanish language. The course focuses on mastering proficiency and developing critical thinking. The students in this course will develop their writing skills in Spanish, understand the grammar in context, and broaden their vocabulary.
    Prerequisite: Dual-language program or heritage speakers
  • Spanish 1 - MS

    Spanish I This two semester course establishes a foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. Oral communication is emphasized with the basic elements of grammar being taught in the context of stories and writing. Students are exposed to a variety of Hispanic cultures including those of Latin America, Spain, Mexico, and the United States.
  • Spanish II

    This course focuses on the development of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Spanish at an intermediate level according to the ACTFL standards. The students develop these skills through proficiency-oriented language instruction, which involves providing personalized and comprehensible input through stories, questioning, and readings, so that the brain acquires Spanish more naturally. 
    Prerequisite: Spanish I
  • Spanish II Heritage

    This course is for 9th grade students who are Spanish heritage speakers. The course focuses on mastering proficiency and developing critical thinking. The students in this course will develop their writing skills in Spanish, understand the grammar in context, and broaden their vocabulary.
    Prerequisite: Spanish I Heritage
  • Spanish III

    This course focuses on the development of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Spanish at an intermediate high level according to the ACTFL standards. The students develop these skills through proficiency-oriented language instruction, which involves providing personalized and comprehensible input through stories, questioning, and readings, so that the brain acquires Spanish more naturally.
    Prerequisite: Spanish II
  • Spanish III Honors

    Spanish III Honors Minimal time is spent on review in this two semester course. Honors students make a firm commitment to communicate only in Spanish. More sophisticated readings are chosen for this course of Spanish and Latin American writers. Students are expected to give several oral presentations throughout the year and write extensive essays on a wide array of topics. Students are also expected to master their communicative abilities in many social situations. Application and departmental approval is required.
  • Spanish IV Honors

    This course focuses on mastering proficiency in the Spanish language and develop critical thinking skills. The students will be able to communicate more effectively in Spanish within personal and professional settings and will gain a better understanding of the Hispanic culture. The class is conducted completely in Spanish.
    Prerequisite: Spanish III Placement is based on departmental approval

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