The ability to communicate in more than one language is a valued and necessary tool in our world. We want our students to learn to use language to cross linguistic and cultural boundaries. In language learning students gain an understanding of each others similarities and differences and develop a basis for respect.
"The Five Cs of Foreign Language Education"
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Preparing for the 21st Century
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 1996
|Course Sequencing & Content Descriptions Grades K-9||Course Sequencing & Content Descriptions Grades 9-12||Course Textbooks Lists|
Links to Curriculum/Course Content Descriptions:
|Spanish/Chinese Grades K-5|
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
|World Languages Level I|
|World Languages Level II|
|World Languages Level I||World Languages Level IV||Home Stay Abroad|
|World Languages Level II||World Languages Level V||Foreign Language Immersion|
|World Languages Level III||AP French Language & Culture||Advanced Spanish Literacy|
|AP Spanish Language|
World Languages offered by West Linn-Wilsonville School District: French, Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese (Chinese Levels I, II, & III only).
Documents reflect the approved district course descriptions; however, actual course content and timeline may vary based on teacher and class needs. Not all courses may be offered every year. Course descriptions are mirrored in the Oregon State Content Standards.
|Guiding Principles||Indicators of|
|Instruction Related Documents||Internet Resources|
Learning a second language is essential for all students.
All students can learn languages.
Multiple student variables affect how students acquire languages and the rate at which they acquire them.
Acquiring a new language involves using previously acquired language skills within a context of meaningful and purposeful communication.
Students who begin their study of another language in elementary school have a better chance of developing an advanced level of proficiency.
Students who develop an advanced proficiency in another language benefit themselves and society.
Learning a language other than English enables students to understand better other cultures.
Related document: West Linn-Wilsonville World Languages Guiding Principles (associated bibliography sources)
Teacher, student and environment combine to produce excellence in education. Attributes of each are summarized in the Classroom Indicators of Excellence document.
Second Language (World Language) Standards (December 2010)