WORLD LANGUAGES VISION & MISSION
The fundamental purpose of World Language instruction in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) is to provide equitable access to rigorous coursework that enable students to communicate in a new language in a culturally appropriate way. The linguistic and cultural experiences that come from World Language studies are essential for citizens in the global community and 21st century marketplace.
World Language Learning in QACPS is designed to prepare our 21st-century learners to thrive in a dynamic world through cultural understanding and becoming proficient in the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target languages they study. Students are encouraged to take risks using the language in a safe, collaborative environment.
World language study enhances the development of basic communication skills and higher order thinking skills, so we place an emphasis on building proficiency. Teaching students about culture is also an integral part of our curriculum because it promotes an increased sensitivity and a respect for people from diverse backgrounds.
2021 - 2022 Graduation Credit Requirement Changes for Rising Freshman (Class of 2025)
Students NOT pursuing a CTE Completion must take 2 credits of the same language to fulfill the MSDE's World Languages Graduation Content Requirements. Prior to 2021 - 2022 students could take 2 credits of any language.
This change WILL NOT impact current 10th - 12th graders. This only impacts rising 9th graders for the 2021 - 2022 school year (class of 2025), and each rising high school class thereafter.
Online Textbook Access:
Students have online access to our EMC passport World Languages curriculum and can log in to explore performance tasks in the target language.
EMC Passport Login for students currently set up for online access to QACPS curriculum resources: https://passport.emcl.com/login/form
From EMC (Carnegie Learning): Preparedness for Home Learning (World Languages)
From MSDE: World Languages Guidance for Continuity of Learning Standards
State Curriculum: Maryland World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
Que Chevere! EMC Publishing, Spanish Text
T'es branché? EMC Publishing, French Text
Grade-Level and Course Goals: The World Languages program at QACPS includes the following ACTFL content standards.
NEW: The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy
QACPS is excited to announce our participation in the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy! This prestigious award acknowledges high school seniors who have attained high levels of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Graduates who earn this prestigious honor are required to pass the English PARCC exam and score at least intermediate high proficiency on a county-approved language exam. Students eligible for attaining the Seal will receive special recognition for being a Seal of Biliteracy Candidate on their high school transcripts and those who receive this award will receive the Seal of Biliteracy Medal. QACPS began participating in the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy program in 2019.
Eligible students can receive information and applications from each respective high school's World Languages Department Chair and/or Academic Dean in order to explain the process and to apply for this award by taking the AAPPL test. Beginning in 2021, ALL students in Spanish / French 3, 4, AP and/or Spanish for Native Speakers WILL take the AAPPL test as a course requirement, and the test will be paid for by QACPS in order to support all students through grant funding through the Curriculum Office of World Languages.
Check out this recent article: QACPS Graduates Break Seal of Biliteracy Record Three Years Straight!
Contact: Michael Bell, NBCT
Supervisor of Instruction
Visual and Performing Arts / World Languages / Media
Queen Anne's County Public Schools
202 Chesterfield Ave. Centreville, Maryland 21617
Office: 410.758.2403 #138
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgKimberly Adams
Administrative SecretaryOffice: 410.758.2403 #175Email: email@example.com