The World Languages department’s philosophy reflects the core values of the school’s mission and vision. The program serves the learning needs of students from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds who traditionally enroll in the school. We strive to educate and inspire all students to become effective communicators and global citizens in the context of the 21st century.
From PK- Grade 12, the program values
- the acquisition of an additional language while maintaining a home language and cultural heritage
- instruction that are aligned to standards and benchmarks
- individualized learning opportunities for addressing diverse learning needs
- multi-literacy skills for communication, study, work and leisure pursuits in a a variety of authentic contexts
- contributions to local and global communities
- lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language learning and literature
We believe that students learn a language best when they
- are provided with opportunities to integrate their learning with other subject areas
- engage in a broad range of experiences to learn from the historical, social and cultural perspectives
- utilize 21st century skills as they develop their linguistic and cultural competencies
- apply language skills to authentic tasks
- connect and engage meaningfully with the local and global communities through their own personal lense
To serve the needs of our diverse student population, the Chinese department offers a two-track program which consists of the Language B (Academic) Track and the Language A (Neo-Native) Track. Students are placed in the track appropriate to their language backgrounds, abilities, and needs. The most common pathways that students pursue in these tracks are represented in the diagrams below, but not necessarily representing every student’s program. If you are unsure of the Chinese language course progression appropriate for your child, please consult your child's counselor for guidance.
Language A Track
The Language A track is for students who have strong knowledge and foundation of Chinese in four skill areas, and have access to familial support. The central goal of this track is for students to develop culturally embedded communicative competency and an appreciation of literary works in Chinese.
Language B Track
The Language B track is a language acquisition track for students with little or no previous personal or family exposure to, or experience with Chinese. The central goal of this track is to enable students to meet their social needs in the Chinese-speaking world.