The World Languages Department at Maple School boasts the following:
- Methodology and pedagogical practices that align with best practice as determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- Our instruction places great emphasis on:
- a communicative Approach
- delivery of engaging activities that focus on speaking and natural accumulation of language skills
- established and focused use of TL (target language) in the classroom
- An independent curriculum that is:
- standards driven (5 Cs of Language, ACTFL Can Do Statements)
- centered around the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational)
- thematically based (creation of theme areas pull in the 6 AP language themes)
- designed to prepare students for the rigors of high school while fostering a natural, communicative enjoyment of languages
- horizontally aligned for spiraling of themes
- vertically aligned for language progression and preparation
- full of authentic materials so that students gain real world experience in utilization of another language
- What does it mean to communicate effectively?
- How do I develop proficiency in a second language?
- What is culture? How can I develop a multicultural perspective?
- Why do I value the ability to communicate in a second language?
- What self-knowledge am I acquiring as I study another language and its cultures?
- What strategies will I use to better understand the target language and culture?
Tips for functioning in the target language classroom
- Eyes up - Listen with your eyes, not just with your ears. Try to keep your eyes up, especially when getting directions. Often times, language teachers use lots of visuals to help communicate.
- Cut yourself some slack - It takes at least three to six weeks to adjust to the accent/voice of a new teacher in the target language. Don’t worry if you do not understand everything perfectly.
- Take risks - You can not get better at speaking Spanish if you do not practice speaking it.
- Note: Sometimes, students may go through a “silent period” during the first few weeks as the brain is absorbing the new language. (This is completely natural.)
Maple School World Language Team Members
- Mrs. Heather Cherney, 3/5/6 Spanish Teacher, Department Chair
- Mrs. Kathryn Schmeckpeper, 6/7/8 Spanish Teacher
- Ms. Lucie Seyhun, 6/7/8 French, 8th Grade Spanish, and General Studies
- Mrs. Jodi Yost, 6/7/8 Spanish Teacher
- Ms. Iris Zhang, 6/7/8 Mandarin Chinese and General Studies