World Languages & ENL
Bienvenido/ Salut / Huānyíng / Welcome to Midwood World Languages & ENL Department
Department Coordinator - Max Pinsky
World Languages Department.
Nora Diaz Guevara
Dr. Rafael Rodriguez
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." Nelson Mandela
WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES OVERVIEW:
Our World Languages program aims to foster linguistic and cultural competence in languages beyond English. As students’ progress in their mastery of world languages and deepen their comprehension of the core values and beliefs of diverse cultures, they acquire the indispensable skills necessary for authentic and meaningful cross-cultural communication. It is imperative to note that World Language courses are designed to be taken in a sequential order. To enroll in any course beyond Level 1, students are required to meet one of two prerequisites: successful completion of the preceding course or the attainment of a satisfactory score on a local placement test.
THREE-YEAR LANGUAGE TRACK:
First-Year Language Courses (Spanish - FSS61/2, French - FFS61/2, Mandarin - FMS61/2):
During the initial year of language study, students embark on a foundational journey, delving into the fundamental grammatical structures of the chosen language. This exploration is facilitated through meticulously crafted thematic units, enabling students to hone their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the target language. Simultaneously, students are introduced to the rich tapestry of culture associated with the language of study.
Second-Year Language Courses (Spanish - FSS63/4, French - FFS63/4, Mandarin - FMS63/4):
Designed for students who have successfully completed their first year of language study, the second-year curriculum builds upon the linguistic foundation laid in the previous year. Students continue to refine their language proficiency, enhancing their abilities in conversation, reading, and writing. Additionally, cultural immersion remains a key component of this course, offering students valuable insights into the cultural nuances of the language they are learning.
Third-Year Language Courses (Spanish - FSS65/6, French - FFS65/6, Mandarin - FMS65/6):
This course is tailored for students who have diligently completed the first two years of their chosen world language course. Building upon their prior linguistic and cultural experiences, students continue to deepen their language skills while exploring a diverse range of topics that provide them with a more profound understanding of the culture associated with the language. This comprehensive third-year curriculum culminates with the CEWL Exam, offering students the opportunity to showcase their language proficiency and cultural knowledge.
PRE-AP COURSE OFFERINGS
Elective Language Courses (Spanish – FSS87/8 & French – FFS87/8)
This course, offered in affiliation with St. John's College, enables students to elevate their proficiency in effective oral and written communication while displaying cultural sensitivity across a diverse array of topics. They develop the skills necessary to decipher intricate information during listening and reading exercises, expanding their vocabulary and mastering complex linguistic structures within context. Designed to accommodate students who have successfully completed Spanish 3 but are not prepared for AP Spanish. As well as advanced or heritage/native-speaking students seeking an alternative 3-year sequence (comprising Spanish IV & AP Spanish Language), this Checkpoint C level course fulfills the requirement for the NYS Seal of Biliteracy endorsement on the diploma and transcript upon graduation. Additionally, students can earn credits affiliated with St. John's College.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE OFFERINGS
AP French Language and Culture & AP Spanish Language and Culture:
The AP French and AP Spanish courses provide students with a comprehensive educational experience encompassing advanced language proficiency, culture, and literature. Successful completion of the Advanced Placement exam with a score of 3 or higher is widely recognized and accepted by numerous colleges and universities. Enrollment in AP French or AP Spanish is reserved for students who have successfully completed all three levels of language instruction and have passed the CEWL (Comprehensive End-of-Level World Language) exam. To qualify for enrollment in either AP French or Spanish, students must demonstrate a strong commitment to the study of higher-level language and culture. Additionally, they must exhibit the ability to effectively manage the rigorous demands of the course.
Course Requirements and Expectations:
In these AP courses, students engage with authentic French and Spanish materials and sources to enhance their language skills across various modes of communication. These modes encompass two-way interactions in both written and spoken forms, interpretation of audio, audiovisual, and printed materials, as well as the presentation of information and ideas through both oral and written means. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement French or Spanish exam to earn credit for the course. Successful performance on this exam is a key milestone in the completion of the AP course and is essential for recognizing the advanced language skills and cultural understanding achieved through this rigorous curriculum.
Students are expected to:
- Actively participate in spoken interpersonal communication.
- Engage in written interpersonal communication.
- Comprehend information from a diverse range of audio, visual, and audiovisual resources.
- Plan, produce, and deliver spoken presentational communications.
- Plan and produce written communications.
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What is the Seal of Biliteracy ?
WHAT IS THE NYSSBL?
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor on July 31, 2012, was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a "high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English."
Chapter 271 of the Laws of 2012 (Section 815 of Education Law) established the New York State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The NYS Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded by the Commissioner to students who meet criteria established by the Board of Regents and attend schools in districts that voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The Seal of Biliteracy will be affixed to the high school diploma and transcript of graduating pupils attaining Seal criteria and must be made available to students.
(New York State Education Department website for more information)