**Exploratory World Languages


Exploratory World Languages Philosophy

The purpose of an exploratory language program is to expose young second language learners to a new language through lots of hands-on activities with the goal of opening their minds to the culture of the speakers of that language.

These students will not be fluent and will not acquire the grammar skills of a more comprehensive high school level course, and the vocabulary will be very basic.

Course Goals

The world language middle school exploratory course will:
• Introduce students to French and / or Spanish so they may make an informed choice for further
language study.
• Build readiness for language study, including strategies to use in learning them.
• Build an appreciation of history, geography, and culture.
• Introduce beginning level vocabulary in each language.
• Help students enjoy the experience of learning about another language and culture.

GUIDELINES FOR WORLD LANGUAGES EXPLORATORY

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: LISTENING LEARNING EXPECTATIONS:
Students comprehend memorized basic vocabulary.
Students comprehend simple questions/statements about familiar subjects.

STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE LEARNING BY:
• understanding and responding to basic greetings and courtesy expressions;
• responding appropriately to commands directing classroom activities;
• demonstrating an understanding of words and sentences previously taught;

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: SPEAKING LEARNING EXPECTATIONS:
Students can ask questions or make statements with reasonable accuracy involving words and
short phrases.

STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR LEARNING BY:
• using basic courtesy expressions; greetings and good-byes; making introductions;
• using the language to communicate in controlled situations;

Middle School World Language Exploratory Guide

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: READING LEARNING EXPECTATIONS:
Students have sufficient comprehension to recognize selected vocabulary.

STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR LEARNING BY:
• recognizing the written symbols for selected sounds, words, and expressions;
• recognizing how some punctuation and diacritical marks affect meaning;
• reading aloud a familiar dialogue and attempting proper pronunciation, intonation and stress:

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: WRITING LEARNING EXPECTATIONS:
Students will be able to write simple fixed expressions and limited memorized material.
Students will be able to write simple memorized material even though misspellings and
inaccuracies may be frequent.

STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR LEARNING BY:
• writing familiar material with correct spelling, punctuation, diacritical markings and
capitalization;
• using appropriate reference materials (i.e. dictionaries, glossaries, grammar handbooks, the internet);

LANGUAGE CONTEXT: GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY and CULTURE
COURSE EXPECTATIONS:

Students will develop a geographical knowledge base to aid in understanding world cultures.
Students will be introduced to the history of the cultures studied.
Middle School World Language Exploratory Guide
Students will gain an awareness of the differences and similarities of the cultures studied.

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
• demonstrate knowledge of the geography of the countries studied.
• demonstrate greeting procedures peculiar to the culture (methods of address, etc.);
• demonstrate elementary understanding of the traditions and important aspects of everyday
life


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