World Languages Update

October 9, 2015

World Languages Goal and HLTPs

Focus: Interpretive Reading in Level 1 French and Spanish

High Leverage Practices:

In the classroom

1. Setting Clear Objectives (Specific I CAN statements)

2. Providing Timely & Effective Feedback

In PLC teams

Analyzing student work and analyzing our instruction for the sake of improving it

Ins and Outs of Our Team Goal

AAPPL Fall Data Share

Students concluded the AAPPL Measure in Spanish and French 1 classes.

Click to expand the photos below for French and Spanish and you will notice that the work is to improve students' writing abilities. Also to note is that reading scores are at or above where they need to be in order to pass (Novice Mid). Remember, our goal is to see students at least in the Novice-Mid range in order to pass.

How do AAPPL ranges correlate to ACTFL proficiency guidelines?

Click to expand the graphic, and you will see that Novice Mid (what we expect students to achieve in order to pass level 1 in Reading, Listening and Speaking) is N2 or N3 range for AAPPL. For presentational writing, you felt Novice High is the expectation for passing, which corresponds to N4 or I1 on the AAPPL scale.

As seen in a Level 1 classroom: Interpretive Reading Formative Using Gradual Release of Responsibility

Students in Madame Himebauch's French 1 classroom practiced analyzing an authentic piece of French text together. Click on each photo to expand.
Grade 7 French Introductions Video

World Languages Team 2015-2016

Thanks to those who have added a Google slide for themselves for our 2015-2016 team. We'd like to know who you are to connect our team. Kindly take some time to add a slide to the presentation for yourself if you haven't done so already. Thanks!

Using the ASW Protocol in World Languages

New to ASW? ASW (Analyzing Student Work) is a tuning protocol used in PLCs to help teachers identify students' strengths, areas for improvement and it can help chart teachers' next instructional steps for increased achievement.

Curious to know how we will use the ASW process this year in World Languages?

The video below will walk you through tool itself and how it can be used in a collaborative environment to foster course-alike discussions around practice and student achievement.

Middle School will PLC together for the 1st time this year on October 12th, where they will use the ASW process to discuss data and make informed next instructional steps.
Accessing Purchased ACTFL Webinars

HS Study Abroad Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State Announces

Scholarships for American High School

Students to Study Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Visit for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program

Visit for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges. To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student. Learn more at