Monroe County Schools
Objectives for Parents
Monroe County Foreign Languages
Grades 9-12 Foreign Languages
The following standards/skills are necessary to remember when taking any
- Use the same types of decoding skills as in your native language.
- Identify aspects of basic grammar.
- Compare and contrast the target culture/language with your own.
- Develop cultural awarenes
- Learning any language is a lifelong
*Come with an open mind. It can be important to communicate in languages other than English.
MAJOR STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVES
● Be exposed and practice each of the four learning domains of reading, writing, speaking and listening in the target language.
● Use background knowledge to create active real world experiences.
● Be exposed to cultural and grammatical practices of the target language.
● Develop an insight into the target language and target culture.
● Discover different thought processes and practices.
MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AND/OR PROJECTS
Some major assignments/projects may include:
● Creation of podcasts in the target language
● Creation of media formats (ex: PowerPoint, videos, etc.)
● Creation of 3D models
● Creation of digital books or comic strips
● Creation of in class skits
● Creation of posters/displays
● Creation of traditional cuisines
*Please note this is not an all encompassing list. Students will also be expected to show growth in the target language through quizzes, tests, classroom participation and other varied assignments.
FIELD TRIPS PLANNED
Depending on scheduling and availability, some foreign language classes may:
● Visit different International Fairs, cultural festivals, plays, restaurants pertaining to the target language
● Visit surrounding Foreign Language Departments (colleges/universities)
● Visit surrounding companies that are internationally based (Volkswagen, Denso, etc.)
● Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
*Field trips may not be planned for every grading period
THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO HELP YOUR CHILD
● Have casual conversation w/ your student consider how you each learned language. (ex: Did you speak in single words first or did you speak in long detailed sentences?)
● Think about all of the differences there are within our own culture and language.
● Help your student become familiar with the geography of where the target language is spoken.
● Study about the history and cultures of these different places.
● Watch movies (in the target language) with the English subtitles on.
● Find free apps for your phone (etc.) to familiarize yourself with the language.
● Listen to music or watch YouTube tutorials/ documentaries in or about the target language.
● Look through children’s books that are in the target language.
Some Good Reads:
“How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent” by Julia Alvarez
“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende
“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Some Good Resources:
The History Channel – www.history.com
National Geographic – www.nationalgeographic.com
YouTube – www.youtube.com
British Broadcasting Company – https://www.bbc.com/news/world
Reuters – www.reuters.com/news/world
PBS – www.pbs.org
National Geographic – www.natgeo.com