The World Languages Curriculum encompasses the skills necessary for learners to effectively read, write, listen, speak, and comprehend the target language. The goals for all grades are written to include the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. They are infused with the values and beliefs of Catholic teachings to foster an appreciation of all other cultures.
The curriculum is based on professional research, National and State Standards, and the cognitive development of students at a particular age. The outcomes assigned to each grade shall be followed to provide for logical sequencing of material and skills.
World Language Goals
- Acquire a second World Language in a faith-based environment.
- Increase proficiency and effectiveness in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational methods of communication in a second language.
- Increase comprehension as a proficiency through the use of media that is age appropriate.
- Develop an appreciation of diverse cultures leading to an understanding of and respect for others.
- Function in a nurturing environment leading to the acquisition of a second language through the levels of proficiency.
- Be able to communicate using the target language beyond the classroom setting.
Our focus is to:
- Incorporate Gospel values as well as the social teachings of the Catholic Church;
- Include technology in topic, method and assessment;
- Provide a variety of on-going formative and summative assessment processes;
- Connect World Languages into other disciplines.
The delivery of world languages differs by level.
- Students in grades K-3 receive "An introduction to Spanish" instruction once a week for thirty minutes.
- Students in grades 4-5 receive "An introduction to Spanish" instruction once a week for forty-five minutes.
- Students in grades 6-8 receive "A full world Spanish language program" instruction three times per week for forty-five minutes per class period.
Assessment is a regular part of the World Languages program. The World Languages teacher uses a variety of assessment techniques to measure student progress and evaluate the program. These performance assessments are based on the curriculum content standards for world languages and administered at the end of curricular thematic units.