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Stephanie Stockman
   Curriculum Specialist
   World Languages & ESL



Questions for the Student to Consider

  • Do I enjoy learning about people around the world?

  • Do I find other cultures fascinating?

  • Which language am I the most interested in studying?

  • Am I willing to take risks in speaking the language in class, in making presentations and  demonstrations, acting out skits, etc. in front of my peers?

  • What do I want to get out of this class?

  • What would I like to do in life with my new language?

Areas for Discussion with the Parents 

  • Best language for them to take:  The one in which the student has an interest.

  • Misconception:  Spanish is the easiest of the languages.  The closer the second language is to the first language, the easier it is to learn.  No language is “easy” to learn but they learned a first language so they can learn a second language. 

  • Course requirements: Speaking, writing, and reading in the target language.  Speaking the target language in the classroom is not optional.  Study of the culture of the language is also an integral part of language study.

  • Homework: Yes, there will be homework, projects, performance-based assessments.

  • Organization: Help them get organized; maintaining a notebook, homework assignments, etc.

  •  Learning challenges: WL teachers do not have collaborative teachers so at times it may be necessary to meet the accommodations at a different time, i.e. testing in small groups (before or after school or at a time convenient for the teacher. 

  • How parents can help:

  • Maintain contact with the teacher and encourage the student to work directly with their teacher to iron out issues.

  • Help student with homework and projects especially at the beginning. There are also online help and resources that go with the texts.

  • Encourage student to “press through” initially as they begin to use the target language in class.  It is a second language communication class!  By the third year of study, the class will almost exclusively be conducted in the target language.  Be prepared for students to complain initially because they are required to speak in the target language.

From the Perspective of the WL Teacher

  • Student enrollment should be based on the student’s interest and motivation in learning a particular language, not because of misconceptions regarding a language.  Although learning a second language should be fun, it does involve work.  Learning a language is a lifelong process.

  • IB: Early enrollment...the earlier, the better.  “Proficiency is developed in direct relation to the length of time of study and the level of immersion in the language.” (Sandrock and Webb, 1993)

  • Student Participation and Assessments: In addition  to district exams and traditional paper and pencil tests, students will be required to participate in classroom presentations, student performance-based tasks, assessments, learning experiences, and evaluations.

Instructional Approach: This instructional approach to language instruction is student-centered and requires student demonstration of what they have learned.