World Languages Department
World Languages Department
Department Chair: Edwin Miranda
The Northeast High School world language department vision is that every student participate with cultural competence in a global economy and pluralistic society through the attainment of high levels of proficiency in at least one language in addition to English. Our vision is grounded in the belief that:
- All students can become multi-lingual/multi-literate
- Students will engage in globally transformative experiences through language learning
- Acquisition of more than one language leads to cognitive, academic, economic, health, and social benefits, and supports 21st century skills
- Acquisition of more than one language is an essential component of a world-class education/experience, and is critical to students’ college, career, and world readiness.
Our mission is to provide a world-class language education:
- Through the integration of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities
- Through the meaningful integration of appropriate technology into teaching and learning
- By leveraging the linguistic diversity of school communities to enrich language programs
- By leveraging institutions of higher education and various other resources to strengthen language programs and provide diverse, authentic learning experiences.
World Languages Offered:
- Arabic (A)
- Chinese (Mandarin) (C)
- French (F)
- Italian (I)
- Spanish (S)
Level I (A, C, F, I ,S): Introductory course to guide students in developing faculties in the basics of the language
Level II (A, C, F, I ,S): Level II continues to guide students in developing their language skills at an intermediate level
Level III Honors (A, C, F, I ,S): An advanced course designed for students who have completed two years of language study. Taught primarily in the world language. Prerequisite: C or better in level II, B recommended.
Level IV Honors (A, C, F, I ,S): An advanced course designed for students who have completed three years of language study. Taught primarily in the world language.
Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Culture (C, F, I ,S): Designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Language and Culture Exam. This course is conducted almost exclusively in the world language.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (C, F, I, S):
Language AB Initio: courses are for beginners (that is, students who have little or no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen). These courses are only available at the standard level.
Language B: courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language. They may be studied at either higher level or standard level. The course is designed to prepare students to take IB Diploma
- Spanish for Spanish/Heritage speakers I: Students who already have a background speaking Spanish at home will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in their native language. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement test
- Spanish for Spanish/Heritage speakers 2: Students that communicate in Spanish fluently will continue to develop and enhance their communication skills