WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT
The Hillside Public School is committed to excellence. In todays’ global community, the study of a second language is an indispensable attribute of an educated person. The Hillside School District offers a multifaceted, comprehensive language program. The curriculum encompasses interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication modes while emphasizing the interrelationship between the language and its respective culture. Moreover, multiple language acquisition enables the individual to reflect upon and gain insight into the student’s own language and culture.
In order to meet the demands of this ever changing society/world, the Hillside School District provides a choice of language offerings. The goals for all modern languages offered require the mastery of the language with the five areas of emphasis: speaking, comprehension, reading, writing and understanding the culture of the people whose language is under study.
The teachers provide learning experiences that enrich the students’ cultural, social and global awareness. The classroom practices differentiate lessons to address multiple learning intelligences. Classroom instruction is driven by the district curriculum.
Spanish 1 / French 1
The beginning course stars with simple conversations in the target language and continues with an emphasis on understanding and speaking. A certain amount of reading and writing task are assigned. A vocabulary useful for normal work and play is applied to achieve mastery of simple sentence structure. The culture and life style of the various countries speaking the language is infused parallel to the language learning.
Spanish 2 / French 2
The second year course continues the emphasis on understanding and speaking the targeted language. Through daily oral and written assignments and attention to pronunciation, students’ approach fluency in many constructions. Sentences patterns at this level become more complex, introducing a wider range of tenses and idioms. Greater attention is given to the expanded reading and writing skills. The increased vocabulary of the culturally oriented materials is geared to family, living, travel, work and recreational activities.
Spanish 2 Honors
The Honors class is open to any student who has maintained an above average or higher in Spanish 1, and who has demonstrated accelerated proficiencies in the area of speaking, reading, writing and comprehension. It will include all aspects of Spanish literature. It is expected that the majority of students in the class will continue the study of Spanish the following year on an AP level.
Spanish 3/4 / French 3/4
In the third year of study much freer use is made of the language patterns already mastered. Continued attention is given to active control of listening and speaking, and the range of idioms is greatly enlarged mainly through works of literature and study of civilization. Students at this level generally begin to function independently in the target language and acquire advanced reading and writing skills.
Spanish 3 Honors
The Honors class prepares students with an intermediate level of language acquisition. Students will further develop their four communicative skills-listening, speaking, reading and writing through interpersonal, interpretive and presentational activities. These skills promote extended language understanding. Upon completion of the course, students will have the necessary skills in order to enroll in advance placement classes.
Spanish 3/4 AP
The advance placement program is designed as a two year course. It is open to every student who has successfully mastered the skills and proficiencies of level one and two.
The overall goal of the course, as set forth by the College Board is to prepare the students to perform at a high level of proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Upon completing the course, students are expected to be able to comprehend formal and informal targeted language, and to speak, read and write with a high level of proficiency similar to that of a third year college program. These goals will be accomplished through a variety of teaching techniques, using a wide range of material, both basic and supplemental.
Upon completion of the program, students will take the Advance Placement Language and Culture exam. Success on this exam will result in the student receiving college credit, or placement, or both from institutions of higher learning.
Spanish 4 / French 4
The fourth year course studies the language and people at an advanced level. Extensive use is made of all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Composition is integrated with the review and expansion of grammatical patterns. Students at this level are generally able to function independently in the targeted language.
Spanish 4 Honors
The Spanish 4 Honors class offers students the opportunity to excel in an intermediate mid language acquisition. Students will have the opportunity to research, dialogue, write and read Spanish Literature from Spanish speaking countries. The class activities will review grammatical usages. Class instruction and activities will address all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Upon completion of the course, students will understand Spanish literature, use diverse vocabulary in conversation, write expressive sentences and comprehend native speakers.
ESL /ELL Basic
ESL/ELL is designed for non-English speakers or for those whose skills are very limited. This class focuses on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of activities. Specific grammar instruction and increasing vocabulary are also a part of the intensive daily instruction. Students will be exposed to the language of math, science and social studies as part of their content based instruction.
ESL/ELL R is designed for low to high intermediate language learners. The focus of this class si to develop vocabulary through context, improved reading comprehension and speaking skills and increase the student’s writing fluency. Discussion on current events and written projects will also be used to assess the student’s progress throughout the year. Students will be exposed to the language of math, science and social studies as part of their content based instruction.
ESL/ELL A is designed for students who have successfully completed ESL/ELL R but were unable to exit the program. Engaging students in American and World Literature will serve as a focal point to develop and strengthen critical thinking skills as well as providing opportunities for writing. Discussions on current events will server to increase their overall basic knowledge of world events as well as providing opportunities for thoughtful discussions. Students will be exposed to the language of math, science and social studies as part of their content based instruction.
World politics, commerce, culture, and migration place heavy demands on the American citizenry for foreign language skills which years ago were not necessary. In order to meet these demands, the Hillside School District provides a choice of language offerings. The goals for all modern languages offered require the mastery of the language with five areas of emphasis: speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, and understanding the culture of the people whose language is under study.
In today's global community, the study of a second language is an indispensable attribute of an educated person. The Hillside School District offers a multifaceted, comprehensive language program. The curriculum encompasses interpersonal communication, interpretive communication, and presentational communication while emphasizing the interrelationship between the language and its respective culture. Moreover, multiple language acquisition enables the individual to reflect upon and gain insight into the student's own language and culture.
If you have questions or comments, please reach out to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at 908-352-7664 ext. 6458