Welcome to World Languages
The World Languages Department provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in French, Spanish and Latin. These languages are of great value in today’s global community. The study of world languages at Algonquin emphasizes oral proficiency, as well as aural comprehension, reading, writing, and the recognition of similarities and differences among cultures. We believe that speaking another language and making cultural comparisons help to develop a wider perspective of the world and leads to a better understanding of diversity. We focus on a proficiency - based instructional approach that will allow students to demonstrate their level of understanding with the language. Our educators utilize the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language proficiency scale (ACTFL Scale) to evaluate how well students can use language to communicate. Students that have started taking a language in the middle school can expect to reach Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High proficiency levels.
It is recommended that all students elect a world language during their freshman year and continue learning in that target language. Highly motivated students with above average ability have the opportunity to elect a second world language in their sophomore year. Honors classes proceed at a fast pace and students are evaluated at a higher level of mastery. Readings both in class and at home are required, as well as oral presentation and regularly assigned compositions. Grammar is studied, applied and assessed in depth.
A “C-“ or better is required to be recommended to continue to the next level College Prep course. A “B-“ or better is required to be recommended to the next level Honors class. “A-“ or better is required to be recommended to go from a College Prep course to an Honors course.
Seal of Biliteracy
In the spring of 2021, seniors will have the opportunity to take the State Seal of Biliteracy exam. This is an award that is given by the state to recognize students that attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language. Seniors that score Intermediate High or above in reading, writing, speaking and listening on the STAMP exam (STAMP information), will have the Seal affixed to their transcript and diploma. Those that score Advanced in all categories will receive the State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction.
Criteria for the Certificate of Mastery
➤ For students who have taken the English Language Arts grade 10 MCAS prior to the spring of 2019 (the Legacy MCAS), that means meeting or exceeding the Proficient threshold scaled score of 240. For students taking the MCAS in the spring of 2019 and beyond (the Next-Gen MCAS), the minimum requirement is Meeting Expectations (472-500).
➤ Students who earn a scaled score between 220 and 238 on the English Language Arts grade 10 Legacy MCAS or between 455 and 471 on the Next-Gen MCAS may satisfy the English language criteria for the State Seal of Biliteracy if they fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan and attain a minimum score or level on a nationally recognized and readily available English proficiency assessment approved by the Department.
If you have any questions, reach out to Nicole DeMember at firstname.lastname@example.org.