The ability to communicate in a language other than English is a unique opportunity to gain access to other people and cultures in our increasingly interdependent world. At Oceanside Middle School , our World Language Program helps students acquire cross-cultural understandings and the skills necessary for effective communication with others.  Students may choose a two-year sequence in Spanish, Italian, French, or Mandarin Chinese

 

Courses currently offered in 2012-2013:

 

Spanish 7

This course builds on the elementary school language program (FLES) in Spanish, and focuses on the development of the four basic language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for the purpose of communication. Topics of study include personal identification, house and home, family life, community/neighborhood, physical environment, meal taking/food, health and welfare, earning a living, education, shopping, travel, etc. A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year.

 

Spanish 8

This course continues to develop communicative skills in Spanish and prepares students for Checkpoint B and the Comprehensive Regents exam in grade 9.  Through useful and realistic language experiences, students will be able to communicate and express basic needs as well as to provide and obtain information.  Oral and written activities require students to integrate and evaluate the language and its cultural concepts.  Emphasis on structure at this level will aid students in expanding and improving the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year. A passing grade on the final exam in the course grants one high school credit towards a Regents diploma.

 

Italian 7

This is an introductory course to Italian language and culture that focuses on the development of the four basic language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for the purpose of communication. Topics of study include personal identification, house and home, family life, community/neighborhood, physical environment, meal taking/food, health and welfare, earning a living, education, shopping, travel, etc.  A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year. 

 

Mandarin Chinese 7

 

This is an introductory course to the Mandarin Chinese language and culture that focuses on the development of the four basic language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for the purpose of communication. Topics of study include personal identification, house and home, family life, community/neighborhood, physical environment, meal taking/food, health and welfare, earning a living, education, shopping, travel, etc.  Students will begin to learn how to draw Chinese characters. A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year.

 

Italian 8

This course is open to 8th graders who have successfully completed Italian 7, and continues to develop communicative skills in the target language. Students will gain a greater knowledge of Italian language and culture, and improve their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. By the completion of this course, students will be able to socialize, provide and obtain information, express personal feelings, and get others to adopt a course of action in the target language.  A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year. A passing grade on the final exam in the course grants one high school credit towards a Regents diploma.

 

French 7

This is an introductory course to French language and culture that focuses on the development of the four basic language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for the purpose of communication. Topics of study include personal identification, house and home, family life, community/neighborhood, physical environment, meal taking/food, health and welfare, earning a living, education, shopping, travel, etc.  A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year.

 

French 8

This course is open to 8th graders who have successfully completed French 7, and continues to develop communicative skills in the target language. Students will gain a greater knowledge of French language and culture, and improve their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. By the completion of this course, students will be able to socialize, provide and obtain information, express personal feelings, and get others to adopt a course of action in the target language.  A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the year. A passing grade on the final exam in the course grants one high school credit towards a Regents diploma.