World Language

In an increasingly diverse global society, being multilingual is essential for personal and professional development. Champaign Unit 4 students have an opportunity to choose from French, German, and Spanish languages. All courses are aligned with ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language) standards. Student assessments are based on real-world, authentic interactions and situations within the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational). The study of a world language is an elective, however, many colleges and universities require completion of at least two years of the same language for admission. In addition, being a multilingual speaker is sought after in the workforce.

 

French

Students can choose to take French as an elective in 7th and 8th grade. These two years of middle school French are the equivalent of one year of high school French; this means that these students will start high school French at level 2. Students will be introduced to the basics of the French language, as well as begin to explore the cultures and communities of the French-speaking world.

Commitments:

Students can expect to learn to communicate in French focusing on eight different themes:

  • Welcome to the Francophone world
  • Ce que j'aime (What I Like)
  • Ma Famille et la maison (My Family and the Home)
  • L'École (School)
  • Les Loisirs (Free time)
  • La Nourriture et les repas (Food and Meals)
  • La Ville (The City)
  • One or more French-language readers

Curriculum:

Students will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. They will be able to have basic conversations with memorized words and phrases, and they will be growing toward the ability to use language spontaneously and creatively. Students will also make connections to French-speaking cultures in our community and around the world.

 

Spanish

Students can choose to take Spanish as an elective in 7th and 8th grade. These two years of middle school Spanish are the equivalent of one year of high school Spanish; this means that these students will start high school Spanish at level 2. Students will be introduced to the basics of the Spanish language, as well as begin to explore the cultures and communities of the Spanish-speaking world.

Commitments:

Students in 7th and 8th grade Spanish will learn to talk about themselves, their friends and their family. They'll talk about likes and dislikes, feelings, physical descriptions, clothing, different personalities, and what people do in their daily lives. They'll be able to describe the school schedule, classes and teachers. They will talk about going to restaurants and other places around town. Along the way we'll also talk about the geography and culture of various Spanish-speaking countries...the U.S. included!

Curriculum:

Students will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish. They will be able to have basic conversations with memorized words and phrases, and they will be growing toward the ability to use language spontaneously and creatively. Students will also make connections to Hispanic and Latino culture in our community and around the world.

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