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World Languages

Course Descriptions

French 7, German 7, Spanish 7, Russian 7

The NYS graduation requirements mandate that all students (except those exempted by the Committee on Special Education) study two years of a world language and pass the examination that is aligned to the Checkpoint A learning standards for World Languages by the end of eighth grade. The seventh grade world language program is the first full year of language study and the first step in preparing for this exam.

During the course, the students learn basic vocabulary and grammar and begin to develop the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In the classroom, they engage in a variety of participatory activities and learn to communicate in the target language using simple conversational patterns. In addition, the course introduces students to the target culture, covering such topics as history, geography, customs, foods, holidays and family traditions.

After completion of the elementary world language program, students will identify their first and alternate choices for their 7th grade language selection. Based on yearly enrollment, every effort will be made to accommodate a student’s first choice. However, the first choice cannot be guaranteed. Students will study this one language during seventh and eighth grade, and, given successful completion of the proficiency exam, continue and expand this study in the high school.

French 1, German 1, Spanish 1, Russian 1

The NYS graduation requirements mandate that all students (except those exempted by the Committee on Special Education) study two years of a world language and pass the examination that is aligned to the checkpoint A learning standards for World Languages by the end of eighth grade. If a student fails to pass the exam he/she will have to pass a high school Regents level world language course at the end of ninth grade.

The eighth grade program is the second year of study in a rigorous middle school program. The course continues to stress the four basic skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a world language while highlighting the target culture. Upon successful completion of the course and demonstrated proficiency, students receive one high school credit for Level 1.

A note of caution: German 1R, French 1R and Russian 1R (Regents) are offered in grade eight only. Therefore, a student failing one of these three courses in eighth grade will be required to begin the study of Spanish in ninth grade in order to fulfill the world language graduation requirement. In Spanish, students have the option of repeating the Level 1 course in ninth grade if necessary.