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World Language & Culture Studies

Learning how to learn a second or third language will position Spectrum students to engage in deep world language study as they have further opportunities in high school and college. In order to continue exposure to other languages, we will provide a unique and innovative world language lab during the week. Our goal is not fluency, but gaining the strategies and study skills to learn a new language.

All students will be able to engage in world language learning, using an appropriate platform and device. Older students will choose from numerous languages. All will start at the beginning and proceed at their own pace with support, with increasing complexity and additional opportunities as they advance. Some of these opportunities will include video-conferencing with native speakers, immerse experiences at Consulates, field trips to neighborhoods with stores and restaurants where world languages are spoken, and interactions with international students, university students, and other volunteers, learning and fluent.

We are establishing a partnership with Tracy Cannell who is a Chinese teacher and Chinese culture advocate here in Rockford. (we.learn.org) You will have a chance to meet Tracy at Curriculum Night (September 27) as she describes an international opportunity for our older students. We will also be hosting Chinese students in February. More information will follow.  Every level will have an opportunity to engage in learning a little Chinese as we prepare for our visitors.

As we build these programs, we will ask parents to add the apps to their mobile devices and learn along with their children, practicing at home, in the car, or when you go on family outings. We will invite parents to come support our world language lab once we are underway. We see parents supporting student learning in fun ways by being engaged in world language learning with their children. We will create opportunities to come together as a community- anyone working on the same language coming together in groups to try conversation and vocabulary work.

Our 21st Century World Language Lab will be innovative and interactive, integrating the best of online technology with community participation. We hope advancing an international-mindset will invite parents and community members to bring in their heritage and cultural insights. We also would invite friends and family who have traveled abroad, or those who have international friends, to come share something about the world with our students both during world language sessions as well as part of our free monthly International Club which will be part of our after school program starting in late September. There will be a sign up International Club participation, sponsors, and presenters at Curriculum Night.

Here is where we are starting as far as programs and approaches. As it pertains to your child, you will be given your child’s login and access code once we get going, hopefully next week.

Preschool and Early Elementary: image, interactive, visuals, and sounds- NOT text dependent

  • Gus on the Go French (app costs $3.99 if installing at home)
  • Little Pim French (DVD’s at school)
  • Kids Learn Mandarin

Intermediate Elementary

  • Duolingo- free app with school-based management system to monitor progress. Students will be given an access key. All will be exposed to Spanish with me initially, as I am fluent and can provide strong support. Once they know the tool and should they choose, they can switch to a second world language to study.
  • ChineseSkill – this is a game based program to learn basic vocabulary
  • Penyo Pal for students who would like to continue with French

Upper Elementary

  • Duolingo – free app with school-based management system to monitor progress; students will choose their language from a wide range of options, and be given an access key once we know their choices.
  • ChineseSkill – this is a game based program to learn basic vocabulary

Middle School

  • Duolingo – free app with school-based management system to monitor progress; students will choose their language from a wide range of options, and be given an access key once we know their choices.
  • MosaLingua – more in-depth text, speaking, and listening
  • Hello, Talk – This will be closely monitored resource- as it is video-conferencing with a live person on the other end- learning English, able to coach in native language
  • ChineseSkill – this is a game based program to learn basic vocabulary