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World Language

Failure is success if we learn from it.  ~Malcolm Forbes

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Our high school language program is proficiency based.  We use the ACTFL guidelines to drive our curriculum and our grading practices.  The focus is on what students “Can do” in the target language.  Our students and our teachers use the target language 90% or more during classroom time. We use authentic cultural resources to model and practice language both spoken and written.  To move on the proficiency timeline, from novice to advanced low, students must be willing to engage in daily target language practice and the acquisition of vocabulary.   Additionally students who demonstrate proficiency at an Intermediate High level or beyond in all four skill areas: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking can qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy.

We believe that:

  1. All students should have the opportunity to study a world language at their ability level.

  2. Proficiency, the ability to understand, speak, read and write, is our goal. 

  3. Skill development is wedded to the need to understand the target language culture in order to ensure communication.

  4. A better understanding of English and our own culture is a byproduct of world language study.

What students should expect in their language classes: 

  • Extensive use of the target language as the primary mode of communication, our goal is 90% or more target language

  • Nightly homework including online practice

  • Use of online materials required such as Conjuguemos, Duolingo, Quizlet, Twitter,  EdPuzzle and Google Classroom 

  • Grammar is taught mostly in context

  • Classes are mixed grade levels

  • Participation and practice are essential to a student’s success

  • Midterm and final exams are comprehensive and proficiency based.

  • Students must demonstrate proficiency (C+ or better) in order to progress to the next course

Requirements

  1. The minimum graduation requirement is two sequential years of world language study. Many colleges either require or recommend that a student has studied at least this amount as a prerequisite for admission.  The knowledge of a second language is considered a definite asset in commercial and business enterprises, in the federal government and in social work and medical settings.  The study of a second language can be a personally rewarding and fulfilling experience.

  2. Students must demonstrate proficiency (C+ or better) in order to progress to the next course in the sequence.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSE OFFERINGS 
 

GRADE

CP

H

AP

Grade 9

Spanish Language and Culture CP

Spanish 1 CP

Spanish 2 CP

Mandarin 2 CP

Spanish 2 H

 

Grade 10

Spanish Language and Culture CP

Spanish 1 CP

Spanish 2 CP

Spanish 3 CP

Mandarin 3 CP

Spanish 2 H

Spanish 3 H

 

Grade 11

Spanish Language and Culture CP

Spanish 1 CP

Spanish 2 CP

Spanish 3 CP

Spanish 4 CP

Mandarin 4 CP

Spanish 2 H

Spanish 3 H

Spanish 4 H

Mandarin 4 H 

AP Spanish Language

Grade 12

Spanish 1 CP

Spanish 2 CP

Spanish 3 CP

Spanish 4 CP

Spanish 5 CP

Mandarin 5 CP 

Spanish 2 H

Spanish 3 H

Spanish 4 H

Spanish 5 H

Mandarin 5 H 

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Literature

Faculty

Kevan Sano-O'Brien

Titles: Spanish Teacher, 6-12 World Language Curriculum Coordinator
Email:

Sara Amancio

Titles: Foreign Language
Email:

Jing Che

Titles: Mandarin Teacher
Email:

Matthew Jones

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Email:

Xuemei Li

Titles: Foreign Language
Email:

Maija Scarpaci

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Email:

Stephenie Sprouse

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Email: