All four programs (Beginning, Continuing, and High School Level One) introduce students to knowledge about the language and provide students the opportunity to practice proficiency while learning about the relevant world culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with special attention in the middle school courses first given to the listening and speaking skills. Grammar and vocabulary learning, rather than being the focus of instruction, are integrated into lessons. The programs vary as to the depth and duration of study as well as the starting point.
According to North Carolina World Languages Essential Standards, the learner will:
- Use the language to engage in interpersonal communication.
- Understand words and concepts presented in the language.
- Use the language to present information to an audience.
- Compare the students’ culture and the target culture.
as they make connections to language and literacy, other disciplines, and communities that speak the language of study.
- 6th grade programs
- 7th and 8th grade beginning programs
- 8th grade year long courses for high school credit follow the curriculum set forth for the high school courses in the UCPS Program of Study. Students must pass the course and the final exam with a minimum of a 77.
The North Carolina Essential Standards for World Languages that are in place as of the 2012-2013 school year.
World Language teachers also support the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts. ACTFL defnines how world language teachers support the Common Core.
World Language teachers also support the 21st Century Skills as defined by the national organization ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
Information on other language course offerings can be found through North Carolina Virtual Public Schools.
State regulations and frequently asked questions about World Languages can be found online