Second Language

Second Language


With the ever increasing interdependence of nations, the study of a foreign language has become essential to the effectiveness of the <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> in a global world.  Students can be prepared to function in that global world by acquiring needed communication skills and by developing cultural understanding.


Currently, in the Wayne County Public Schools, the study of a Second Language begins in middle school.  Spanish is the language taught beginning in grade 6 with an Exploratory Program.  The Exploratory Program is a nine-week study of Spanish and its culture.  It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to

become familiar with some elements of its culture.  The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), with special attention given to the listening and speaking skills first.  In grades 7 and 8 instruction builds upon the study of Spanish in grade 6.  It allows students to perform the basic function of the language using increasingly complex structures with some detailed elements of its culture.  Grammar is integrated throughout the course.


High School provides students with a choice of either Spanish or French, levels I-IV.  Each year the language course expands the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as they access short literary texts, authentic materials and media on generally familiar topics. They continue to refine their knowledge and understanding of the cultures and how it relates to their own.  Integration of other disciplines is on-going.


High School has also implemented a course SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS I and II for native/heritage speakers of Spanish who already have oral language proficiency.  The purpose of this course is to enable students, whose heritage language is Spanish, to develop, maintain, and enhance proficiency in Spanish.


We, in Wayne County Public Schools, are aware of the importance of taking a Second Language and research studies does support our  findings by concluding the following benefits:


§         high scores in reading and other achievement

§         enhanced listening skills and memory

§         greater cognitive development

§         increased sense of cultural pluralism

§         improved self-concept and sense of achievement

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