World Languages

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

Essential Questions

  • 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

World Language Department Syllabus