Language Acquisition Philosophy
The Language Acquisition Department believes that learning additional languages fosters effective communication and participation in the global community. By learning additional languages, we enhance problem solving and reasoning skills, the capacity for creative thinking and the ability to respect, understand and value one’s own and other cultures. When we learn more than one language we develop an appreciation of language and the power of words and enhance the learning of all languages. During the learning, the students will derive the benefits of developing insight into their own language and culture as they learn to communicate with others.
The ultimate goal of the Language Program is for students to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways. It is with this philosophy in mind that we have established a dynamic flow chart based on the IB language with six phases both in PYP and MYP and Ab Initio, French language B Standard level and high level for the Diploma program.
Language Acquisition Belief Statements
The Department faculty has developed the following approaches to teaching. While some will need to be adapted for various grade levels, these methodologies represent the best in instructional practice and educational research for delivery of the Language Acquisition Curriculum.
- The language-learning environment created is a “safe” one in which learners feel comfortable taking risks.
- Teachers stimulate motivation and interest and engage students in the language and culture in a variety of fun activities.
- The target language is used as the language of instruction, for all levels. As required, using gestures, pictures, and cognates may facilitate comprehension.
- They are offered a variety of teaching strategies to tailor instruction to students needs.
- They are involved in meaningful and genuine conversations such as short dialogues, with variations, which allow for personal input, to work on. Through all units, students
engage in conversations on the topic.
- In all courses, authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV news, cartoons, other children’s programs, etc, as well as texts designed for language teaching
Program Goals and Objectives
The ASOY Language Acquisition courses develop the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing through a thematic and communicative approach. The courses enable students to use French effectively as a means of practical communication wherever the language is spoken. It offers insight into the life and civilization of specific communities, gives a sound basis of skills, language, and attitudes necessary for further study. In order to make our program more challenging, we provide insight into the nature of language by fostering creativity, enjoyment, intellectual and stimulation. Finally our main goal is to develop the learner’s profile attributes through trans disciplinary themes.
At the end of middle years language acquisition program at ASOY, students are expected to demonstrate ability to:
- Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding
- Use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts
- Understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency
- Organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner
- Understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken texts
Language Acquisition Course Descriptions
Language Beginners I
This course is designed for students who have had no prior experience with the language. Students will be exposed to the language through a wide range of both written and oral materials. The five Cs of Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities will be covered through a variety of methods including the development of oral and written skills, listening and reading comprehension
Language Beginners II
This course emphasizes oral proficiency and functional use of the language and seeks to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students learn about different cultures that use the language. Students are exposed to cultural mores of diverse societies in an effort to enhance global awareness and understanding along their journey of life-long learning.
Intermediate Language Learners I and II:
In this sequence of courses, students develop the skills of reading comprehension, interpretation and analysis of different kinds of texts. Functional use of the language is reinforced through vocabulary and grammar worksheets.
Students use the language according to their level in a wide range of contexts. We will focus on refining and extending understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Students will be exposed to cultural mores of diverse societies in an effort to enhance global awareness and understanding along their journey toward life-long learning.
Advanced Language Learners I and II:
This sequence of advanced courses brings together native/fluent speakers and language learners who have completed Intermediate Language Learners II. This course reinforces the basic skills of the language, and students learn to analyze simple and complex sentences and texts. Students also develop writing skills through the composition of narrative and descriptive paragraphs, poetry, and letters.