¡Bienvenidos al Departamento de Lenguas Extranjeras!
Welcome to the World Languages Department!
We are a core elective subject at Big Foot High School. We teach levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. We offer French 1-4 online as well. Our approach to language teaching is hands-on, with emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Because of the nature of language learning, we also contribute to reinforcing skills in other subjects, such as English, Social Studies, Art, and simple Arithmetic. While our subjects are not required for graduation from high school, universities require 2-4 years of language study within the same language for admission. In many instances, these universities will accept the credits from our school, if the grade is above a certain point. In other cases where they don’t accept our credits directly, students may receive retroactive credits after taking the placement test and taking the class recommended by that test. This will result in the earning of credits that will make it possible for the student to graduate earlier or take classes in their chosen field of study.
This year, we have Mrs. Valdez as an English As a Second Language Assistant. Our ELL students receive one on one help with classes like Reading, Geometry, Biology, Computer applications and others She has has two resource classes & one English as a second language in which she helps our ELL students comprehend the materials given by their teacher to complete their assignments on time.
Why Study a Second Language?
OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD have become more and more interdependent, and new technologies have erased many existing borders. As boundaries between countries are dissolved, foreign language instruction has become more necessary than ever for linking with the rest of the world and for producing an enlightened citizenship able to
function in today’s ever-shrinking world. (http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/759)
25 reasons why to study a foreign language:
Foreign Language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are different.
Analytical skills improve when students study a foreign language.
Business skills plus foreign language skills make an employee more valuable in the marketplace.
Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture.
Creativity is increased with the study of foreign languages.
Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses in college because of the communication skills developed in the process.
International travel is made easier and more pleasant through knowing a foreign language.
Skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, are increased when you study a foreign language.
Foreign language study enhances one’s opportunities in government, business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, marketing, etc.
A second language improves your skills and grades in math and English and on the SAT and GRE.
Four out of five new jobs in the US are created as a result of foreign trade.
Foreign languages provide a competitive edge in career choices: one is able to communicate in a second language.
Foreign language study enhances listening skills and memory.
One participates more effectively and responsibly in a multi-cultural world if one knows another language.
Your marketable skills in the global economy are improved if you master another language.
Foreign language study offers a sense of the past: culturally and linguistically.
The study of a foreign tongue improves the knowledge of one’s own language: English vocabulary skills increase.
The study of foreign languages teaches and encourages respect for other peoples: it fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature.
Foreign languages expand one’s view of the world, liberalize one’s experiences, and make one more flexible and tolerant.
Foreign languages expand one’s world view and limit the barriers between people: barriers cause distrust and fear.
Foreign language study leads to an appreciation of cultural diversity.
As immigration increases we need to prepare for changes in the American society.
One is at a distinct advantage in the global market if one is as bilingual as possible.
Foreign languages open the door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, film, philosophy, science…
Foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education: to “educate” is to lead out, to lead out of confinement and narrowness and darkness.