World Languages

  • Michael Bell
    (410) 758-2403 ext. 138
    202 Chesterfield Avenue
    Centreville, Maryland 21617
    michael.bell@qacps.org
     
     

    Program Philosophy: World Language Learning in the 21st Century

    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.

    The World Language Program 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.

    Benefits of Language Learning

    Learning another language at an early age:

    • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth and academic achievement.
    • Enriches and enhances a child’s mental development.
    • Leaves students with more mental flexibility, critical thinking and creativity.
    • Improves a child’s understanding of his/her native language.
    • Creates a greater sensitivity to language and a better ear for listening.
    • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people he/she would otherwise not have the chance to know.
    • Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
    • Gives a student a head start in language requirements for college.
    • Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.


    Source: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

    What Is A World Language Class Like?

    • Instruction is not translation or rote memorization.
    • Classes include interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication in real-world contexts.
    • Classes are 90-100% language-rich learning environments.
    • Students are engaged in the learning process by using gestures, visuals, color-coding, organizers, manipulatives, music, art, movement, role-playing, games, stories, and technology.
    • Proficiency-based classes motivate students to work with what they know.
    • Additional practice outside of class is provided in a variety of options, including: flashcards, labeling pictures, games, making recordings, completing charts, drawing and narrating.
    • Content is based on Advanced Placement (AP) themes such as: personal and public identities, contemporary life, beauty and aesthetics, family and relationships, science and technology, and global challenges.

    Source: Maryland State Department of Education (2018). http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/pages/dcaa/world-languages/index.aspx

    At the middle school level, students may elect to take an introductory course, Foreign Languages EXploratory (FLEX), which highlights the cultures associated with the French, German, Latin, and Spanish languages; particular attention is paid to cognates. Middle school students may begin their formal study of Spanish as well by completing Spanish 1A in Grade 7 and Spanish 1B in Grade 8. If they successfully complete both courses and pass the county final exam, they can earn a credit in Spanish I.

    At the high school level, Queen Anne's County Public Schools offers a sequenced program in French and Spanish. Course descriptions can be found in the Program of Study. We urge students to complete at least three levels of the same World Language.

    Grade-Level and Course Goals: The World Languages program at QACPS includes the following ACTFL content standards: ttps://www.actfl.org/publications/all/world-readiness-standards-learning-languages/standards-summary

    New for the 2018-2019 School Year - 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.

    Eligible students can receive information and applications from each respective high school's Academic Dean in order to explain the process and to apply for the award. For more information, please view the Seal of Biliteracy links from the MSDE website below.

    The Seal of Bilteracy


    COURSES CURRENTLY OFFERED AT HIGH SCHOOL IN 2018 - 2019:

                          FRENCH I                                                   SPANISH I

                          FRENCH II                                                  SPANISH II

                          FRENCH III                                                 SPANISH III

                          FRENCH IV                                                 SPANISH IV

                          FRENCH V                                                  SPANISH V

                          AP FRENCH                                                AP SPANISH