Council Rock World Languages. Secondary Program Grades 8-12 2010-2011. The Importance of World Languages. Position statements for ACTFL*: 1 All students should learn or maintain at least one language in addition to English.
Council Rock World Languages
Position statements for ACTFL*:
1 All students should learn or maintain at least one language in addition to English.
ACTFL is a national professional membership organization representing over 8,500 language educators from all levels of instruction and all languages. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures.
1. Ensure that ALL languages are supported in our educational system, not just the languages that are deemed critical for today. Since research supports the notion that after learning a second language, the third and fourth languages come more easily, it is important to support any language that a school system considers important for its community and for which teachers are available.
2. Since learning a foreign language increases performance in other core subject areas, make foreign languages truly a part of the core curriculum in every school. (Pre-K through 20).
--These are 2 of 7 official legislative priorities of ACTFL
High School Elective Program
Middle School Program
* Mandarin Chinese has been offered since 2009 as part of dual-language grant with BCCC
Pa. Certificated K-12-Secondary Language Specialists
History, Since 1998:
Emphasis on higher-order, critical thinking
Extensive paired and cooperative learning; accommodation for multiple learning styles
Teachers need to review their approaches to standards using B. Marzano’s “Art and Science of Teaching” research (2011--)
ACTFL Proficiency Levels – Goals
Level I courses – Low to Mid-Novice proficiency
Level II courses – Mid-Novice
Level II Accelerated – Mid-to High Novice
Level III – Mid to High Novice
Level III Honors- Low Intermediate
Level IV – Low to Mid-Intermediate
Level V AP – Mid to High Intermediate
2-team concept per language per school
Dozens of local and regional award-winners in French, Spanish and German National Exams- trophies, plaques, trips
Chapters in each High School:
Hundreds of students have been honored and have performed service for others
North and South
Yearly excursions for travel/study offered to Spain, France, Germany, Italy
Summer Homestay-Study-Spain (South)
GAPP exchange (Germany) Spring/Summer
French exchange Spring/Summer
Student-created International Food Tasting before 4-language induction
-yearly since 2008
Talent Show for all WL students- began 2010
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