Karena Hansen ~ K-8 Faculty Curriculum Leader for Foreign LanguageLanguage and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical. Children who come to school from non-English backgrounds should also have opportunities to develop further proficiencies in their first language.~ Standards for Foreign Language learning in the 21st Century
IntroductionLearning a language other than English invites our students into new worlds of both language and culture. The Foreign Language program builds on a proficiency-based model of instruction which stresses learning in the context of purposeful communication through speaking, listening, writing and reading. This "proficiency" approach gives priority to active communicative experiences. The goal of language learning is to have our students communicate meaningfully and in real-life situations as soon as possible. Grammar and vocabulary are presented in context and students are assessed on what they can do with the language and not just what they know about language. Our program also integrates the study of language with culture in order to make students aware of differences and similarities among cultures, including daily life, history, literature, visual and performing arts, mathematics and science.We offer a Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) program in grades 3, 4, and 5. Students are involved in short segments of learning Spanish three times a week. Students on both campuses will be able to continue their Spanish learning in grades 6, 7, and 8. On the Lincoln campus, French is also offered in grades 6, 7 and 8.Click on the links below to view the Learning Expectations in each grade span.