•   Washington Township Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning

     

    §  Implementing a standards-based curriculum

    §  Facilitating a learner-centered environment

    §  Using academic target language and providing comprehensible instruction

    §  Adapting and using age-appropriate authentic materials

    §  Providing performance-based assessment experiences

    §  Infusing 21st  century skills for College and Career Readiness in a global society

    NJ World Language Mission:

    ·        The study for another language and culture enables individuals, whether functioning as cititizens or workers, to communicate face to face and by virtual means in appropriate ways with people from diverse cultures.

     

    NJ World Language Vision:

    ·        Communicates in more than one language with the levels of language proficiency that are required to function in a variety of occupations and careers in the contemporary workplace.

    ·        Exhibits attitudes, values, and skills that indicate a positive disposition and understanding of cultural differences and that enhace Cross-cultural communication.

    ·        Values language learning as a global literacy as well as for its long-term worth in fostering personal, work related and/or financial success in our increasingly interconnected world.

     

    Washington Township Goal: All seniors who achieve a level 4 or AP will pass the Seal of Biliteracy.

     

    The goal of this course is for students to demonstrate proficiency on the ACTFL profiency scale and move along the continuum from the Novice-High to the intermediate low level in the four linguistic skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening in the target language.  The students will also continuously compare and contrast the culture of the target language countries to their own . Proficiency will be assessed through benchmarks that contain components of integrated performance assessments, as well as formative and summative assessments in the areas of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational skills. 

    Grading on report cards is as follows:

    50% Primary Assessments (IPAs, benchmarks, tests, major projects)

    35% Secondary Assessments (Quizzes, classroom participation)

    15% Support Assessments (homework/classwork)

     

    NOVICE HIGH

    INTERMEDIATE LOW

    INTERMEDIATE MID

    Interpersonal Communication

    I can communicate and exchange information, about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language.  I can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

    I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences.  I can handle short social interactions by asking and answering simple questions.

    I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

    Presentational Speaking

    I can present basic information on familiar topics using language I have practiced using phrases and simple sentences.

    I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.

    I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.

     

    Presentational Writing

     

    I can write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.

    I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.

    I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.

     

    Interpretive Listening

    I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life.  I can recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being said.

    I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics.  I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.

     

    I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.

    Interpretive Reading

    I can understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short and simple texts related to everyday life. I can sometimes understand the main idea of what I have read.

     

    I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.

     

    I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.