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World Languages

World Language


All courses in the World Language Department are Fine Arts credit.  College-bound students should plan to take a two or three-year sequence in the same language.  If a student has not taken a language in high school, he or she may be required to take it in college.  For students who are not college-bound, language learning is still a beneficial experience.  It is our belief that the study of a world language highlights a greater understanding of the world and is a path to open communication among nations. 

The World Languages Department at Horizon consists of Spanish, German and French.

World Languages - Registration Information Video

All languages offer levels 1-4

  • Honor Societies - Each language has an honor society associated with that language.  Students are eligible for the society after three semesters of the same language if he/she has earned an A each semester.  Students are recommended by their teacher.
  • In addition to levels 1-4, Spanish also has the fifth year option of AP Spanish
  • The Spanish 4 and the AP Spanish courses are part of the CU Suceed program as well.  Students may earn CU college credit in these courses while at Horizon.
  • For students that speak Spanish at home, there is a Spanish for Heritage Speakers class where the focus is on literacy in their first language.  Teacher recommendation is required to register for this course.  For more information contact Stacy Muenzenmayer (720)972-4569


The world language teachers of Adams County Five Star Schools are aware of the need for a smooth transition from middle school to high school world language study.  We would like to make the following recommendations for parents, students, counselors and anyone else who has a hand in this transition:

  1. First and second year language study completed at middle school level can be a part of the desired sequence required by some colleges and universities; however, colleges will only count the exit level (successfully completed) in high school.
  2. If a student has successfully passed a level 1 course, it is recommended that he/she continues on to level 2.
  3. If a student fails either semester of first or second year and wants to continue on with the language, he/she must repeat that year.  When a student has already registered for the next year and then fails second semester, the student must notify a counselor so that the scheduling change can be made.
  4. If a student has had difficulty in first or second year language as reflected in assessments and grades, it is advisable for this student to repeat that year.  This student’s teacher should give the student written recommendation to this effect.  If the difficulty occurs after the student has already registered for the next year, the counseling department needs to be contacted so the recommended change can be made.
  5. If a student has acceptable grades and has successfully completed year-long courses in middle school, then there is no reason for him/her to repeat those years in high school. 
  6. A world language student should not give up at the first sign of difficulty, but rather should work together with his/her teacher to address the problem.  We request that teacher’s approval be part of any schedule change.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers - Course description

Esta clase es para los estudiantes hispanohablantes y estudiantes avanzados del español.  El objetivo de la clase es de estudiar la historia y cultura de unos países hispanos y hablar sobre las experiencias personales con la cultura latina.  También es objetivo de mejorar la habilidad de escribir y comprender el español.  En la clase, estudiantes van a hablar con sus compañeros de clase; escuchar a una variedad de personas;  leer novelas, ensayos, poemas, y otros géneros de literatura; escribir reportajes y ensayos;  demonstrar la capacidad de usar los aspectos de la gramática usados en la clase; discutir la cultura y la literatura; y finalizar tarea y proyectos orales y escritos.  Todos los estudiantes necesitan un lápiz o bolígrafo, papel para escribir y mucho entusiasmo cada día.

World Languages Standards


Communication in languages other than English

  • 1.1 Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions (interpersonal mode).
  • 1.2 Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics (interpretive mode).
  • 1.3 Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics (presentational mode).


Knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

  • 2.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • 2.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.


Connections with other disciplines and information acquisition

  • 3.1 Reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • 3.2 Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the target language and its cultures.*

*This standard is to help students connect their individual perspectives to develop a global awareness.


Comparisons to develop insight into the nature of language of culture.

  • 4.1 Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • 4.2 Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.