World Language

The World Language Department focuses on the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking of a second language. While we approach world language as a core academic class, requiring mastery of vocabulary and grammatical structures, another important goal is to introduce students to the world beyond their immediate surroundings and experiences. In order to provide our students the cultural context of the target languages, we focus on a global education with an emphasis on studying and appreciating other cultures.

Enduring questions include: Why is language acquisition central to being a responsible global citizen? How does the study of language deepen grammatical understanding and etymological connections? How is geography related to the development of culture and history? How does language exposure broaden communication skills and enhance future opportunities?

List of 1 items.

  • What a Grade 8 student will know and be able to do in a world language:

    • Students will be able to explain and give examples that translation is not a word-for-word translation but a context-driven understanding
    • Students will be able to write compositions that incorporate the concepts of present, past and simple future tenses
    • Students will be able to read texts applying previous knowledge to decode more complex sentences
    • Students will know the geography of the countries of the target language and how it relates to culture and history
    • Students will be able to deliver an oral presentation with facility and confidence in the target language, maximizing the use of learned content.

World Language Curriculum

List of 3 items.

  • French

    French 1
    This is a novice low through intermediate mid level French course which corresponds to ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards. This course is designed to build a strong foundation in reading, writing, listening and speaking within the context of the emerging vocabulary and grammar knowledge. To this end, they will learn major verbs groups, basic greetings and  theme-based vocabulary, so that students can handle most basic daily communicative necessities. Students will also be introduced to French and some Francophone geography, history, and culture. Through thematic units, grammar lessons, writing assignments, speaking and listening exercises, along with project-based learning, students will develop both cultural awareness and communicative skills.

    French 2
    This is an intermediate mid through advanced French course which corresponds to ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards. French II reinforces the basics learned in French 1 and introduces proper uses of past tenses and the future as well as more complex grammatical structures. Oral and written expression is emphasized along with various cultural readings. Students will exercise all language skills through different activities that will include authentic sources such as films, fiction and non-fiction readings, and podcasts.

    French Language and Culture
    This course is an introduction to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our global community. Students will examine global cultures and their worldviews in an immersive language setting. They will explore their perceptions, practices and products of the culture studied acquiring an understanding of and sensitivity towards other cultural perspectives. Students will also compare and contrast the cultures studied with their own in order to challenge or deepen their understanding of their own worldviews and prepare them for a globalized world.
     
  • Mandarin

    Mandarin Intro
    This course is a beginning Mandarin Chinese language course designed for students with no Chinese language background. Following the guidelines of the National Foreign Language Standards, this course has as its goal to specify at the beginning the knowledge and the skills the students should have gained at the completion of the course. Throughout the course, the students are provided with numerous opportunities to engage in learning tasks for interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication. They will also explore aspects of Chinese culture that are related to the language under study, compare languages and cultures, and make connections with other subjects and communities.  Because this is a beginning course, basic language skills are emphasized so that students can lay down a solid foundation for learning Chinese pronunciation and characters.
     
    Mandarin 1
    Mandarin Chinese I course continues to develop the fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language, emphasizing the Pinyin Romanization system, and tones. Students will learn basic grammar, including sentence structures, measure words, radicals, past and future tense. This class will also introduce Chinese culture, such as Chinese food, ethnicities, traditional holidays, customs, history and geography through language and class activities.

    Mandarin 2
    Mandarin Chinese II course continues to develop the fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language, emphasizing the development of fluid and novel usage of the language. Students will review basic grammar, including sentence structures, measure words, radicals, past and future tense. Students will also begin to write in clear paragraphs with properly used connecting words and engage in interpersonal communications on a variety of topics. This class will also introduce Chinese culture, such as Chinese food, ethnicities, traditional holidays, customs, history and geography through language and class activities.

    Mandarin Language and Culture
    Mandarin Language and Culture exists to create depth of knowledge about the Mandarin speaking world. Based in geographic regions and using authentic texts, this course seeks to produce more globally minded language learners. The themes and motifs of this course are intended to increase real-world application of the language and allows students to feel comfortable when both speaking and writing.
     
  • Spanish

    Spanish Intro
    This is a novice level Spanish course which corresponds to ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards. The main goal of the course is to build a preliminary foundation of the language through basic reading, writing, listening, and oral activities, as well as acquiring the essential vocabulary and grammatical tools upon which the students will build in subsequent Spanish courses. Lastly, students will start acquiring an understanding of the Hispanic culture, the customs and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries.

    Spanish 1
    This is a novice level Spanish course which corresponds to ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Language). Students will use memorization and highly practiced conversations that will mimic real life situations.  It is a highly intensive vocabulary learning course with some basic grammar structures.

    Spanish 2
    This is an intermediate mid level Spanish course which corresponds to ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards. Students are able to function in a classroom where Spanish is the main language, with the goal for there to be a continual decrease in the use English as the year goes on. There is considerable emphasis on new grammatical forms and structures which allow students to communicate effectively beyond the present tense.  In this course students will begin to read more complex texts.  Lastly, students will continue to gain an understanding of cultures, customs and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of authentic sources. Students will be placed in Spanish 3 at the end of this course.  If students receive a 97% or above each trimester they may be considered for Spanish 3 honors.

    Spanish Language and Culture
    This course is an introduction to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our global community. Students will examine global cultures and their worldviews in an immersive language setting. They will explore their perceptions, practices and products of the culture studied acquiring an understanding of and sensitivity towards other cultural perspectives. Students will also compare and contrast the cultures studied with their own in order to challenge or deepen their understanding of their own worldviews and prepare them for a globalized world.
     
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
 

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900