World Language Program
Developing proficiency, or the capacity to use a second language in a meaningful and functional way, is the aim of the World Language Program. There is an emphasis on fostering genuine communicative ability using the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to guide the language learner from structured practice to open-ended, personalized communication. The language program also encompasses the National Standards for World Language Learning: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. The World Language Program offerings include sequential courses at O’Connell Elementary School, Sunset Ridge School, EHMS and EHHS with offerings up to Spanish 5 and Chinese 4, including Honors and Advanced Placement levels for students who excel.
K-12 Supervisor World Language, ESL and Bilingual Programs
Elementary World Languages
Spanish is taught at the IB O'Connell Elementary School in Grades K-5. Students receive 45 minutes of instruction once per week.
In the earlier grades, students begin to explore the target language around the IB themes by focusing on pronunciation and learning a variety of vocabulary and common expressions. They focus on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. At the heart of the program's philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning around the six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance, exploration and study.
In the upper grades, students receive intermediate instruction of spoken and written Spanish through topical situations. Listening, reading, and writing exercises will be used to reinforce the speaking skills. The continuation of the study of Spanish culture, literature, and civilization will occur.
Secondary World Languages
East Hartford Middle School (Grades 6, 7, and 8)
In grade six, World Language students receive a basic introduction to spoken and written Spanish or Chinese through topical situations. The emphasis will be on vocabulary building, pronunciation, simple sentence structure and beginning character development in Chinese. Listening, reading, and writing exercises will be used to reinforce the speaking skill. The introduction of Spanish or Chinese culture, literature, and civilization will occur. In grades seven and eight, World Language instruction maintains a focus on building oral proficiency in the target language (Spanish or Chinese). However, writing skills become increasingly important, as the middle school years provide the foundation for further study in high school. Successful completion of the Middle School World Language Program allows a student to enter the second year of the language in high school, with the ultimate goal of completing the Advanced Placement (AP) course in their 11th or 12th grade year.
Sunset Ridge School (Grades 6, 7, and 8)
Sunset Ridge School offers world language classes in both Spanish and Chinese around the IB themes of global significance, exploration and study. Students entering grade 6 study both Exploratory Chinese and Exploratory Spanish. At the end of Grade 6, students are invited to continue the study of either Chinese or Spanish for both grades 7 and 8. Successful completion of the seventh and eighth grade courses allow a student to enter the second year of the language in high school, with the ultimate goal of completing the Advanced Placement (AP) course in their 11th or 12th grade year.
East Hartford High School (Grades 9-12)
In grades 9-12, students may elect to study Chinese or Spanish. Students are encouraged to study the same World Language Program for a minimum of a three year sequence for college acceptance. The study and mastery of World Languages introduces students not only to new languages but to new cultures as well. The World Language Department believes that studying a world language provides opportunities for the learner to understand different cultures and people and may also provide future career choices for students who participate in the study of a second or third language. World Language courses are defined as College Preparatory, Honors or Advanced Placement. The Chinese and Spanish curriculum documents are aligned with national and state standards for World Language Learning.