Overview

Overview:

 

The goal of studying a World Language is to have students develop the capacity to speak, read, write, interpret and communicate in a second language. Integral to studying world languages is also students’ development of cross-cultural skills, understandings, and competencies, so that they may become global citizens in our increasingly inter-dependent world. All of our World Language courses are aligned with the recently approved NYS Learning Standards for World Languages, along with the standards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

 

Middle School:

In middle school, we offer full-year instruction in either French 7 or Spanish 7 - which prepares our students for more advanced coursework in their second language. Students in Spanish classes use currently using the Autentico program as the core instructional resource, in addition to teacher-prepared materials. Our French students follow teacher-designed units of study that conform to the expectations of the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages as well as the ACTFL Standards. Students in French 8 and Spanish 8 are required to take a Checkpoint A Exam which earns them 1 unit of credit that can be applied toward New York State’s high school graduation requirement.

 

High School:

Presently, the Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 courses utilize the Autentico program, in combination with several teacher-designed units of study. Our French classes are presently using teacher-designed units of study. All world language curricula conform to the standards and expectations of the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages as well as the ACTFL Standards. Students in level 3 Spanish or French are required to take a Checkpoint B Exam to achieve their Advanced Regents Diploma. To further enhance their language learning, we currently offer a Level 4 advanced class, as well as an AP Spanish and Culture course, so that students may experience college-level material. American Sign Language (ASL) is also available as an elective course as well. Course offerings in the World Languages Department can be found in the Seaford High School Course Handbook.

 

English as a New Language (ENL), K-12:

 

English language learning is provided to any student who enters Seaford UFSD and indicates or is identified as needing such services through the Home Language Questionnaire and intake process, as well as the results from the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) assessment. A student’s proficiency level and subsequent instruction is provided according to a students’ NYSITELL results, and per the NYS regulations as outlined in Part 154 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

 

The goal of our program is to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful in everyday society by developing proficiency in the English language and continuing to understand self-identity through each student’s cultural and linguistic heritage. Teacher-created units of study and support for the general education classroom instruction are provided by a teacher certified in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and in alignment with the NYS Next Generation English Language Arts Standards and NYSED ENL instructional practices. Many helpful resources for students to whom English is a new language, as well as their parents and guardians, can be found here.

 

The NYS Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is a significant recognition that can be earned by students who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages. This is available to all seniors who choose go beyond required coursework by carrying out in-depth research presentations in two or more languages (English and a second language). The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages, to identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, to provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission and placement, to prepare students with 21st Century skills, to recognize the value of language instruction, and to affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society. The NYSSB takes the form of a Seal on the student's diploma and a medallion worn at graduation.