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World Languages

Program Information

The goals of RHS’s World Languages Program is to enable students to communicate effectively in another language, to understand the cultures that support the language, to see connections between language study and other disciplines, and to appreciate what it means to live in a global community. To this end, we offer the following courses:

Italian Culture and Resources

Italian I

In this course students will begin learning to speak, understand, read, and write Italian. Students will learn basic vocabulary and grammar while developing knowledge of Italian culture, including cities, the family, education, and food. Basic language learning materials will be supplemented by films, television, music, the Web, and field trips. Students will also pursue independent research projects and will participate in project based learning activities.

Italian II

In this course, students will continue to learn to speak, understand, read, and write in Italian. Students will learn more specialized vocabulary and grammar while developing knowledge of Italian culture including cities, the family, education, Roman history and food. Basic language materials will be supplemented by films, YouTube videos, Italian articles, and the Italian web. Students will also pursue independent research projects on the city and Italian products, just to name a couple. Small skits on real life situations from Italian contemporary life will complete the course. We will go on two field trips: Eataly in the Fall to research Italian products and a historical tour of Little Italy in the Spring. 

Italian III

This course continues the foundation developed in Italian 1 and 2. This course is strongly recommended for students who have completed two terms of Italian. After beginning with a review of grammar and vocabulary, students will develop advanced proficiency in oral and written communication, and a more specialized knowledge of Italian culture through units on buying and renting a home, professional life, sports, opera, and Italian monuments. We will also engage in beginning units on Italian medieval and contemporary literature. We will go on two field trips: a backstage tour of the Lyric Opera House in the Fall and an opera matinee in the Spring.

Italian IV

This course will develop students’ fluency and literacy, promote an appreciation and understanding of great works of art and literature, improve communicative and interpretive skills, and prepare college-bound students for the further study of Italian language and literature. This class is designed to meet students’ academic, professional, and personal objectives in business, travel, culture, literature and history. Focus will be on incorporating interpretive, presentational, and interpretive skills. The course will require both independent and group projects; students choose their own final projects. 

AP Italian Language and Culture

AP Italian Language and Culture will allow students the opportunity to pursue collegelevel Italian studies while still in high school. Upon successful completion of the course, students will take the AP exam, which could offer them the possibility of earning college credit. This course will focus on the three modes of communication, Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. The AP Italian Language and Culture course develops students’ abilities in the skill areas targeted by the AP exam: comprehension and comprehensibility, vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. A $92 test fee will be collected with the other fees.

 

Spanish Culture and Resources

Spanish I

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the ability to understand and speak beginning Spanish. The course content will include expressions, vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish-speaking world. Cultural topics will be explored. The objective of this course is for the student to be able to communicate information and ideas through the development of good listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Spanish II

This course is a continuation of Spanish 1. The students in this course will continue to develop their four communication skills while broadening their cultural knowledge of the target countries.

Spanish III

This course is a continuation of Spanish 2. A greater emphasis is placed on reading in Spanish through the use of articles and short stories. Listening and speaking skills necessary for survival in a Spanish-speaking country are emphasized, along with themes related to students such as common celebrations and the environment. More advanced grammatical structures will be used throughout this course.

Spanish IV

This course focuses on reading and writing in Spanish while building vocabulary. Students will begin to synthesize the information learned in Spanish 1 – 3 more meaningfully. Focus will be on incorporating interpretive, presentational and interpersonal skills. Students read a variety of Spanish texts in the course, while focusing on the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. 

AP Spanish Language and Culture

AP Spanish Language and Culture allows students to pursue college-level Spanish studies while still in high school. Upon completion of the course, students take the AP exam, which could offer the possibility of earning college credit. The course prepares students to become proficient across three communication modes: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. The course is meant to be comparable to third year college and university courses that focus on speaking and writing in Spanish at an advanced language and is taught exclusively in Spanish. A $92 test fee will be collected with the other fees.

 

Proficiency Standards

Ridgewood High School junior and senior students have two capstone opportunities. First, to be successful and earn a 3, 4, or 5 in one of our AP level classes. Second, to earn the State of Illinois SEAL of Biliteracy. In order for students to achieve one or both of these goals, they must reach an INTERMEDIATE HIGH proficiency level in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking ( according to ACTFL’s (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Scale. (*Please see the diagram below.)

In order to achieve the Intermediate High range by their senior year, successful WL students will receive the following proficiency ranks by the end of each level of study:

  Speaking Writing Listening Reading
Level 1 Novice Mid Novice Mid Novice Mid Novice Mid
Level 2 Intermediate Low Intermediate Low Intermediate Low Intermediate Low
Level 3 Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
Level 4 Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High
Level 5 (AP) Intermediate High Intermediate High Advanced Low Advanced Low

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Students will be assessed according to the descriptors for each proficiency level multiple times over the course of the year and graded appropriately. Students will track their progress. For further information about each level, please CLICK HERE.

Presentational Speaking

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NOVICE LOW

I can present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using single words or memorized phrases.

NOVICE MID

I can present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and memorized expressions.

NOVICE HIGH

I can present basic information about others using phrases and simple sentences. 

INTERMEDIATE LOW

I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.

INTERMEDIATE MID
I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.

INTERMEDIATE HIGH

I can make presentations in a generally organized way on school, work, community topics, and on topics I have researched. I can make presentations on some events and experiences in various time frames.

ADVANCED LOW

I can deliver organized presentations appropriate to my audiences on a variety of topics. I can present information about events and experiences in various frames.

Presentational Writing

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NOVICE LOW

I can copy some familiar words, characters, or phrases

NOVICE MID

I can write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics.

NOVICE HIGH

I can write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.

INTERMEDIATE LOW

I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information

INTERMEDIATE MID

I can write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.

INTERMEDIATE HIGH

I can write on topics related to school, work, and community in a generally organized way.  I can write some simple paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames.

ADVANCED LOW

I can write on general interest, academic, and professional topics. I can write organized paragraphs and experiences in various time frames.

Interpersonal Communication

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NOVICE LOW

I can communicate on some very familiar topics using single words and phrase that I have practiced and memorized.

NOVICE MID

I can communicate on very familiar topics using a variety of words and phrases that I have practiced and memorized.

NOVICE HIGH

I can communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language. I can usually handle short social interaction in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

INTERMEDIATE LOW

I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions. 

INTERMEDIATE MID

I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life. 

INTERMEDIATE HIGH

I can participate with ease and confidence in conversations on familiar topics. I can usually talk about events and experiences in various time frames. I can usually describe people, places, and things. I can handle social interactions in everyday situations, sometimes even when there is an unexpected complication.

ADVANCED LOW

I can participate in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life. I can talk in an organized way and with some detail about events and experiences in various time frames. I can describe people, places, and things in an organized way and with some detail. I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.

Interpretive Reading

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NOVICE LOW

I can recognize a few letters or characters. I can identify a few memorized words and phrases when I read.

NOVICE MID

I can recognize some letters or characters. I can understand some learned or memorized words and phrases when I read. 

NOVICE HIGH

I can understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short and simple texts, related to everyday life. I can sometimes understand the main idea of what I have read.

INTERMEDIATE LOW

I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.

INTERMEDIATE MID

I can easily understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies. I can sometimes follow stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various time frames.

INTERMEDIATE HIGH

I can easily understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies. I can sometimes follow stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various time frames.

ADVANCED LOW

I can understand the main idea and some supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames and genres.

Interpretive Listening

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NOVICE LOW

I can recognize a few memorized words and phrases when I hear them spoken.

NOVICE MID

I can recognize some familiar words and phrases when I hear them spoken.

NOVICE HIGH

I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life. I can recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being said.

INTERMEDIATE LOW

I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.

INTERMEDIATE MID

I can understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can understand the main idea in conversations that I overhear.

INTERMEDIATE HIGH

I can easily understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can usually understand a few details of what I overhear on conversations, even when something unexpected is expressed. I can sometimes follow what I hear about events and experiences in various time frames.

ADVANCED LOW

I can understand the main idea and some supporting details in organized speech on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in a variety of genres on familiar topics, even when something unexpected is expressed.

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