World Language Program
The world languages program focuses on developing and implementing a rigorous sequence of instruction designed to prepare students to graduate with intermediate levels of functional proficiency in a language other than English. Students develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing while they engage in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication tasks within the target languages they study. Our learning environments provide for flexible grouping, complex problem-solving, digital information gathering and publishing.
Students who follow the longest possible sequence of world language study graduate with the language and intercultural competencies needed for success in multicultural/multilingual environments and global economies.
The World language program is aligned with the Maryland World Readiness Standards for Language Learning.
Students in grade eight have the option to take a level I language course which is the first course in the high school language course sequence. Sixth and seventh grade students may take World Language Connections I and II. These courses offer an introduction to the languages and their cultures that are taught across Cecil County Public Schools.
- Students and teachers speak, listen, read, write, view and create in the target language 90% or more during classroom time in order to facilitate target language comprehensibility.
- Students engage in communication tasks in pairs, small groups, and as a class to improve proficiency in the interpersonal mode of communication.
- Students engage in interactive reading and listening comprehension tasks using authentic cultural texts with appropriate scaffolding in order to improve proficiency in the interpretive modes of communication.
- Learning experiences focus on proficiency using a backward planning model in order to prepare students for success on formative and summative assessments in the classroom and in real-time, real-world situations that occur in their physical and digital communities.
- Students learn grammar as concept and in context in order to build greater understanding of the function of language and increase proficiency in all modes of communication.
- Students apply oral corrective feedback from teachers to mediate learning and language development.
World language proficiency is assessed through performance, that is, by how learners apply the language they are studying in meaningful, culturally authentic and real-life situations. Multiple forms of formative assessment occur daily in the world language classroom through a variety of activities. Teacher observation, learner self-assessment and reflection also play a role in formative assessment and allow teachers to give feedback that improves learning. Summative assessment – mid/end of unit and end of course – may be integrated performance assessments (IPAs), which are 3 tasks (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) related around a common scenario or project. Summative assessmetns may also be cumulative performance assessments that measure performance at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels of proficiency within a communicative mode (interpersonal, interpretive, presentational).
Course Offerings and Curriculum Overviews:
CCPS offers Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. Please consult your area middle and high school for languages offered. Students taking level I of a world language in middle school will earn high school credit toward graduation by passing the course. Students planning to attend college should note that some colleges do not recognize high school credits earned in a middle school. These students should complete at least two (2) sequential world language credits while in grades 9-12.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) does not accept high school credits earned in a middle school. In order to meet NCAA admissions requirements and/or be eligible to participate in college athletics, students must earn two (2) world language credits during grades 9-12.
The following documents outline what students can do and how well by the end of each course level.