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World Languages

"Your Door to the World"

“For our students to succeed in a global economy, they will need to possess a new set of skills that were not required for the success of prior generations of Americans.  Regional expertise, cross-cultural competence, and advanced language proficiency are no longer skills reserved only for those who plan for a career overseas - they are skills that will enhance any career field, encourage international investment to our state, and develop a workforce that is successful in working on diverse international teams to collaborate and solve global problems.  Developing international perspective and advanced language proficiency, particularly as this relates to college and career readiness, will ensure our nation's security and will support our statewide and regional economic development goals.  Business leaders across Georgia and the Southeast have made it clear that these skills are the fastest route to success in a global job market and that they provide a competitive advantage that moves an applicant's resume to the top of the pile”.  (Georgia Department of Education)


COURSE OFFERINGS:

LEVEL 1

The Level I language course focuses on the development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. It assumes that the students have minimal or no prior knowledge of the language and culture.

By the end of Level I, students will exhibit Novice-Mid level proficiency in speaking and writing and Novice-High level proficiency in listening, and reading (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, 1999).

SPANISH FRENCH GERMAN CHINESE
Teachers: Michelle.McGowan@cherokeek12.net Denise Rodriguez@cherokeek12.net   Magda.muzac@cherokeek12.net   Lukas.faber@cherokeek12.net   Christine.yang@cherokeek12.net

LEVEL II

The Level II language course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. It assumes that the students have successfully completed a Level I course or are at a Novice-Mid level of proficiency. By the end of Level II, students will exhibit Novice-Mid level proficiency in speaking and writing and Novice-High level proficiency in listening and reading (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, 1999).

SPANISH FRENCH GERMAN CHINESE
Teachers: Michelle.McGowan@cherokeek12.net Denise.Rodriguez@cherokeek12.net Yvette.jones@cherokeek12.net Lisa.frantz@cherokeek12.net Johana.keever@cherokeek12.net Tamara.linares@cherokeek12.net   Magda.muzac@cherokeek12.net Nancy.sherry@cherokeek12.net   Lukas.faber@@cherokeek12.net   Christine.yang@@cherokeek12.net

LEVEL III

The Level III language course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. It assumes that the students have completed a Level II course or are at a Novice-Mid to Novice-High level of proficiency.

By the end of Level III, students will exhibit Novice-High level proficiency in speaking and writing and Intermediate-Low proficiency in listening and reading (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, 1999).

SPANISH FRENCH GERMAN CHINESE
Teachers: Yvette.jones@cherokeek12.net Lisa.frantz@cherokeek12.net Claudia.larrotta@vcherokee.k12.ga.us Tamara.linares@cherokeek12.net   Nancy.sherry@cherokeek12.net     Lukas.faber@cherokeek12.net       Christine.yang@cherokeek12.net

LEVEL 4

The Level IV language course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. It assumes that the students have completed a Level III course or are at a Novice-High to Intermediate-Low level of proficiency.

By the end of Level IV, students will exhibit Intermediate-Low level proficiency in speaking and writing and Intermediate-Mid level proficiency in listening and reading (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, 1999).

SPANISH FRENCH GERMAN CHINESE
Teachers: Johana.keever@cherokeek12.net Claudia.larrotta@vcherokee.k12.ga.us Tamara.linares@cherokeek12.net   Nancy.sherry@cherokeek12.net     Lukas.faber@cherokeek12.net   Christine.yang@cherokeek12.net 

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

The AP® Spanish Language and Culture course is a rigorous course taught exclusively in Spanish that requires students to improve their  proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary linguistic skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where Spanish is spoken. Therefore, the course focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, magazine and newspaper articles; also, a combination of visual/print resources such as charts, tables, and graphs; all with the goal of providing a diverse learning experience. Students communicate using rich, advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication toward the pre-advanced level. Central to communication is the following premise from the Curriculum Framework: When communicating, students in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics (Connections), make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures (Comparisons), and use the target language in real-life settings (Communities)

Teacher:  Dr. Claudia Larrotta    Claudia.larrotta@cherokeek12.net


Clubs

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor:  Tamara Linares The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The mission of SHH is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and to promote interest in Hispanic studies. National Hispanic Honor Society is by invitation only. A student must have a 90% average for 3 semesters in Spanish. In previous years, several students have been awarded scholarships and free trips for their excellence in the language. This past summer Joey Young was 1 out of 24 students in the United States awarded an all expense trip to Peru for placing Gold with the National Spanish Exam which is sponsored by AATSP.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Advisor :  Michelle McGowan  Our Mission is to broaden student cultural awareness by learning from each other’s social background and ethnic roots by sponsoring activities in order to promote multiculturalism and an appreciation of the diverse social heritage in our school and community and, assisting students who are applying to earn the International Skills Diploma Seal.

HOPE (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education)

Advisors: Johana Keever; Yvette Jones The mission of HoPe is to increase the graduation rate among Hispanic high school students through leadership, education, and community service.  HoPe is the LARGEST Hispanic high school student organization in Georgia and the Southeast with over 2500 HoPe Members.  This is the first year we will have a Chapter of HoPe at Etowah.

FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY

Advisors: Nancy Sherry The mission of the French Honor Society is to stimulate interest in the study of French, to promote high standards of scholarship, and to create enthusiasm and understanding for the francophone culture and civilization.