benefits of effective foreign language instruction focus on the role of
the individual in a multilingual, global society. No longer do
Americans live in isolation; instead, there is an ever-changing,
interdependent world in which diverse cultural and linguistic groups
converge. The learning goals of foreign languages are based on the
academic, business, personal, recreational and practical interactions
with others whether the person is on another continent, across town, or
within the neighborhood.
Students should be aware that, in some cases, courses in foreign language fulfill certain college entrance requirements. A second language can enhance a student’s career in the areas of government, business and commerce, travel, communications, and education. Students taking a foreign language can benefit psychologically, intellectually and aesthetically from the study of other cultures, customs and backgrounds. The study of foreign language is shown to significantly increase English language abilities and standardized test performance.
Freshmen from District 227’s foundation districts are eligible for high school foreign language credit provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of level I at the middle school, they pass the district level I proficiency exam with a score of 70% or better, and they successfully complete the next level of that language in ninth grade.
Sequential study over a
period of time is necessary in order to achieve the highest levels of
performance for the State foreign language goals. Only students who have
studied a foreign language continuously starting in Kindergarten are
expected to achieve language proficiency at State Stage Five/Advanced.
Successful students in a two year sequence of study at the high school
level can expect to achieve minimal proficiency at the Stage
One/Beginning Level. Successful students in a three, four or five year
sequence can expect to achieve proficiency at the early Stage
Two/Beginning Intermediate level.*
* Adapted from Illinois State Foreign Language Performance Standard available on line at www.isbe.net/il/foreign_language/pdf/explanation.pdf
- Attain greater academic achievement in other areas of study
- Expand cognitive development, creativity and divergent thinking
- Develop a clearer understanding of the English language
- Earn higher ACT and SAT scores in English and Math, regardless of ability level
- Develop more positive interactions with persons of other nations and cultures
- Develop a global attitude
- Improve knowledge of geography
- Explore career opportunities
- Earn college credits while in high school
- Fulfill college entrance requirements
ILLINOIS STATE GOALS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
State Goal 28: Students will use the target language to communicate within and beyond the classroom setting.
Goal 29: Students will use the target language to develop an
understanding of the customs, arts, literature, history, and geography,
associated with the target language.
State Goal 30: Students
will use the target language to make connections and reinforce knowledge
and skills across academic, vocational and technical disciplines.