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Program Overview for World Languages







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Stephanie Stockman
   Curriculum Specialist
   World Languages & ESL



In Hanover County Public Schools, four language courses are available for students to take as early as the 6th grade.  French, German, Latin, and Spanish, levels I through VI, are offered in a traditional classroom instructional setting in all middle and high schools. Students enrolled in Level VI of the four traditional languages may work with the instructor to prepare for the Advanced Placement exam.

All foreign language courses cover curricula over a full year.  Upon successful completion of a course, the student receives a Carnegie unit of credit.    Additionally, all four high schools participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) for French, German, Latin, and Spanish.  The IB Programme model provides a rigorous pre-university course of studies that includes a comprehensive two-year curriculum, leading to examinations, to meet the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years.

Our high school students also have had the opportunity to participate in one of several immersion programs offered at the Governor’s Foreign Language Summer Academies.  The full immersion programs in French, German, and Spanish have provided an intensive experience and unique challenge for students, who have excelled in language study, to continue their study of that language in a total immersion environment. The partial-immersion programs in Japanese and Russian provide an opportunity for interested students to be introduced to the Russian or Japanese cultures and languages, which are not widely taught across the commonwealth.  Advanced classes are also available to students who have studied Russian or Japanese.  The Latin Academy provides an intensive experience for students, who have excelled in the study of Latin, to continue their study in an environment which differs from that of the regular school setting and also introduces the students to classical Greek. 

Currently, HCPS does not offer any adult education classes in a foreign language; however, The Georgetown School provides an English as a Second Language (ESL) course as part of their adult education program.