Our goal is to offer a core sequence of study in French, Spanish and American Sign Language which will help students develop a sense of confidence in using the language while laying groundwork for fluency. By using an integrated curriculum that challenges them to blend creative and critical thinking into their work, and that provides numerous options for student-directed learning, we hope to empower students to use all of the resources at their disposal to take responsibility for their own learning. We will guide students by using innovative forms of assessment that allow students to demonstrate competence and mastery through a variety of learning styles and modes of expression.
- All students should become proficient in at least one language in addition to English by the time they graduate from high school. Students should be able to speak, read, write and understand the world language they study.
- Language acquisition is a lifelong process.
- Effective world language programs integrate the study of language with the study of culture, which includes daily life, history, literature, visual arts, mathematics and science. In this way, world language programs create natural links to all other disciplines.
- Assessment of student learning is an integral component of effective world language instruction.
World Language Independent Study Guidelines
In order to receive credit for Independent studies in World Language at PVPA:
- Independent Studies must be set up, documented and approved PRIOR to the start of the study.
- Students must be enrolled in or auditing a course at an accredited institution or, in a tutoring situation, they must be working with an certified instructor of the language. Courses may also include accredited online distance courses.
- Students must arrange for the study of two consecutive years of the same language.
- The course content and curriculum must be comparable or exceed the content of the language courses at PVPA. All language learning must include written, oral and auditory components.
- There are 60 hours of classroom time per semester at PVPA. Students who are doing an independent study must be meeting and working for the equivalent of 60 hours in order to receive credit for one semester.
- Students who are taking courses through accredited institutions must show the course description and/or syllabus to the World Language Director at PVPA for approval prior to registration. Students who work with accredited tutors must request some form of documentation of course content and methodology from the instructor.
- Upon completion of a semester of language study, independent study candidates who have worked with a tutor must show records of completed work. (i.e.- tests, writing assignments, worksheets, etc.). The tutor must also provide a summary of work completed and student performance so that the information can be conveyed in the PVPA narratives.
- Students enrolled in a course will be graded and granted the appropriate credit by the instructor and must show evidence of course completion.