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.
    Important COVID-19 Message for parents and students:
    Students have online access to our EMC passport World Languages curriculum and can log in to explore performance tasks in the target language.

    COVID-19: Preparedness for Home Learning (World Languages) from Carnegie Learning | EMC 

    From MSDE: World Languages Guidance for Continuity of Learning Standards

    EMC Passport Login for students currently set up for online access to QACPS curriculum resources: https://passport.emcl.com/login/form

    QACPS Textbooks:
    Que Chevere! EMC Publishing, Spanish Text

    T'es branché? EMC Publishing, French Text


    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) in 6th grade, which highlights cultures associated with the Latin, French, and Spanish languages. Middle school students may begin their formal study of Spanish in 7th Grade by taking Introduction to Spanish, a full-year middle school credit course. In 8th Grade students can earn high school credit for the successful completion of taking Spanish I (a full-year high school credit course). As stated in the high school grading policy, "for high school courses taken in middle school, one credit will be awarded at the successful completion of the course in 8th grade." 

    At the secondary level, Queen Anne's County Public Schools offers a sequenced program in French and Spanish. We urge students to complete at least three levels of the same World Language. Students who take level 3, 4, AP or Spanish for Native Speakers will be able to attempt earning the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy.

    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: 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 Academic Dean or World Languages Department Chairs in order to explain the process and to apply for this award by taking the AAPPL test.

    Link to AAPPL At Home Proctoring Guidance: For parents and students still interested in taking the AAPPL Test to earn the Seal of Biliteracy from home. 

    KIHS Points of Contact to inquire about taking the Seal of Biliteracy test from home:
    Stacey Rankin, KIHS Academic Dean
    Lori Heggelke, KIHS World Languages Department Chair

    QACHS Points of Contact to inquire about taking the Seal of Biliteracy test from home:
    Tracy Kenna, QACHS Academic Dean
    David Stricker, QACHS World Languages Department Chair

    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: michael.bell@qacps.org  

    Kimberly Adams
    Administrative Secretary
    Office: 410.758.2403 #175