The AIS-Salzburg promotion and graduation requirements demand that all students be engaged in a minimum of one elective course annually while enrolled at the school. The elective program of courses is designed to better facilitate the creative and artistic development and further the particular interests and goals of our students in these areas.
Students in grades 7 and 8 (Junior High) are required to register into either the Drama or the Studio Art Elective, which meets twice weekly within their academic-day schedules (Period 7). Enrollment in one of these two courses meets the school’s general requirements. However, junior high students may choose to enroll in another elective as well, if desired.
Please note that all elective course offerings are dependent upon student interest at a minimum level. Generally, at least 7 students must be enrolled in group instruction electives. There will likely be some changes to the elective course offerings before the school year begins in September and final scheduling occurs. The administration will update the elective program options over the summer months and inform the community of these changes. Please note that not all elective courses are included in tuition and fees. Individual music lessons and German tutoring carry additional costs. Please contact the school office for further information on these costs.
This course is designed to introduce students to the theater and drama with emphasis on individual expression, interpretation of character actions, speaking and enunciating given lines, and developing, interpreting and engaging in short as well as lengthy dialogues. Students will not only be asked to review and work on published theater pieces, but will also be challenged to develop their own theatrical and dramatic talents by creating their own works and developing them for the stage. The course will meet for two hours during the regular weekly schedule in the Student Lounge and students will be responsible for some out-of-class work including assignments and preparation.
This course is designed to introduce students to the Italian language with emphasis on conversation and listening skills. A foundational understanding of Italian including its structure, forms, vocabulary, and development will be achieved by those who pass the course successfully. In addition, the culture of the Italians will also be emphasized and discussed. The course will meet for 2 hours on a weekly basis between 19:00 and 21:00 at the school and instructed by Margareth Lardschneider, a member of the school’s teaching faculty. Homework and evaluations should be expected regularly although the course will not carry the weight (in time and energy) as the full-credit school courses in German, French, and Spanish.
Bonjour! French I is a College-preparatory course in French language skills. Basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading skills will be emphasized. Further, a focus will be placed on learning to speak the language, using daily conversation exercises. Students will also learn to observe and analyze the diversity of the French-speaking world and its cultures. By the completion of the course, the students should be able to understand approximately what is said in French, exchange information in simple conversations, know how to read and express themselves in writing.