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World Language


Mission statement:

The Berlin World Language department motivates and inspires students to recognize the personal value and global benefit of learning languages.  We create an environment that fosters students to take risks and communicate with confidence in and out of the classroom.  Our goal is to ignite a passion in students to continuously develop language and intercultural proficiency.




Department Curriculum

SCHOOL-WIDE RUBRICS

BHS Seal of Biliteracy Information
Seal of Biliteracy Registration - Class of 2023
Seal of Biliteracy Registration - Class of 2022


COURSE OFFERINGS:

SPANISH I

HS06101G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This is an introductory course in which students will begin to develop the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in Spanish through thematic units that explore daily life and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Authentic and Spanish-language resources are utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to Spanish speakers. Students are encouraged to practice using the language as much as possible in and out of the classroom.

SPANISH II

HS06102G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

In this course students will continue developing the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in Spanish. Cultural, thematic units related to home and community life, celebrations, and leisure activities will help students to expand their ability to describe their present lives and begin to describe past events. Authentic and Spanish-language resources will continue to be utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to Spanish speakers. Students are encouraged to practice using the language as much as possible in and out of the classroom.

SPANISH III

HS06103G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

HS06112H 1.00 credit NCAA Eligible

In this course students will continue developing the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in Spanish. Cultural, thematic units related to vacations, sports/healthy lifestyle, Hispanic legends, and foods will help students to continue expanding their ability to describe events in their present lives and childhood. Authentic and Spanish-language resources will continue to be utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to Spanish speakers. Students are expected to communicate with their teacher and peers in Spanish as much as possible

*ADVANCED SPANISH IV

HS06104E 
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 or 12

In this course, students will continue developing theinterpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in Spanish with the goal of intermediate level proficiency. Cultural, thematic units related to nature and outdoor activities, the future and the environment, city life, and traveling in Spain will help students to continue expanding their ability to describe events across multiple timeframes. Authentic and Spanish-language resources will continue to be utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to Spanish speakers. Students are expected to communicate with their teacher and peers in Spanish as much as possible. In the spring semester, students may take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). A proficiency score of Intermediate Mid (I-3), or higher, on each section fulfills the World Language requirement for the Seal of Biliteracy. Students are individually responsible for costs associated with the AAPPL.

**UCONN ECE SPANISH V

HS06112H
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grade 12

This course is offered in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Early College Experience program and is designed to provide advanced and highly motivated students the opportunity to continue improving their language proficiency. In this course, hispanic civilization will be explored through the analysis of authentic resources and discussions relating to contemporary culture, societal issues, history, art, religion, and politics. Students will be encouraged to expand their vocabulary and apply advanced language skills in order increase their speaking, listening, and writing proficiency. Students are expected to communicate with their teachers and peers in Spanish.Students enrolling in this course are expected to register with the UConn ECE program for the opportunity to earn six college credits. In the fall and/or spring semesters, students may take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). A proficiency score of Intermediate Mid (I-3), or higher, on each section fulfills the World Language requirement for the Seal of Biliteracy. Students are individually responsible for costs associated with University of Connecticut credit and the AAPPL.

Transitional Spanish

Transitional Spanish    Full Year
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Students will only be placed in this course by Spanish I teacher recommendation and permission of the World Language Supervisor

Performance Target: Novice Mid/Novice High Extension Target: Intermediate LowThis course is for students with prior knowledge of Spanish. It will focus on practical communicative activities in real life situations and emphasize study skills for successful language acquisition. This course is designed to continue the development of the four skills of the target language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing through thematic cultural units. This course prepares students to continue improving their language performance prior to Spanish II.

FRENCH I

HS06121G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This is an introductory course in which students will begin to develop the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in French, through thematic units that explore daily life and the diverse cultures of the Francophone world. Authentic and French-language resources are utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to French speakers. Students are encouraged to practice using the language as much as possible in and out of the classroom.

FRENCH II

HS06122G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Eligible Performance Target: Novice High
Extension Target: Intermediate Low

In this course, students will continue developing the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in French. Cultural, thematic units related to school and family life, sports and leisure activities, and the intercultural influences between Africa and France will help students to expand their ability to describe their present lives and begin to describe past events. Authentic and French-language resources will continue to be utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to French speakers. Students are encouraged to practice using the language as much as possible in and out of the classroom.

FRENCH III

HS06123G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

In this course students will continue developing the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in French. Cultural, thematic units related to travel, French meals and dining habits, school life, and leisure activities will help students to continue expanding their ability to describe events in their present lives and childhood. Authentic and French-language resources will continue to be utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to French speakers. Students are expected to communicate with their teacher and peers in French as much as possible.

*ADVANCED FRENCH IV

HS06124E 
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 or 12

In this course, students will continue developing the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication in French with the goal of intermediate level proficiency. Cultural, thematic units related to school life in France, Châteaux of the Loire Valley, healthy lifestyle, and travel in Provence will help students to continue expanding their ability to describe events across multiple timeframes. Authentic and French-language resources will continue to be utilized to offer a variety of opportunities to interpret and respond to French speakers. Students are expected to communicate with their teacher and peers in French as much as possible.  

In the spring semester, students may take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). A proficiency score of Intermediate Mid (I-3), or higher, on each section fulfills the World Language requirement for the Seal of Biliteracy. Students are individually responsible for costs associated with the AAPPL.

**HONORS FRENCH V

HS06125H
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grade 12

This course is designed to provide advanced and highly motivated students the opportunity to continue improving their language proficiency. In this course, French history and culture will be explored through the analysis of authentic resources and discussions relating to literature, travel, French-speaking Switzerland, and teenage life in Sénégal. Students will be encouraged to expand their vocabulary and apply advanced language skills in order to increase their speaking, writing and listening proficiency.

In the fall and/or spring semesters, students may take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). A proficiency score of Intermediate Mid (I-3), or higher, on each section fulfills the World Language requirement for the Seal of Biliteracy.  Students are individually responsible for costs associated with the AAPPL.

Department Members

Jessica Ramy*
Jillian Berube
Kimberly Day
Stephanie Herrera
Glenn Lewis
Valeris Quintero
Susan Terrill