From kindergarten through the sixth grade, every student will learn a world language, in addition to English, to engage in meaningful intercultural communication. The Villa curriculum will teach students in grades K-6 to understand and interpret both the spoken and written language of choice. (French or Spanish) In addition to learning the language, they will gain an understanding of other cultures and will learn to compare the languages and cultures with their own.  

Kindergarten students learn French for a half of the school year and Spanish for the other half of the year. In first grade, students choose which world language to study through sixth grade.

In the primary grades, (grades 1-3) an emphasis is placed on oral  language development.  Instruction includes engaging students in activities including conversation, music, Total Physical Response, games, and hands-on projects.  Basic skills and knowledge are taught and reinforced by the target language activities that address core content for assessment.

In the intermediate grades (grades 4-6) the communicative experience is strengthened through content-related topics, thematic instruction, and service-learning.  Strategies used include storytelling, cooperative work, and community-based projects work.

Our World Language program teaches :

  • Share and discuss ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines with learners
  • Share and discuss proficiency goals for each grade level with learners
  • Develop instruction to reinforce core content knowledge.
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for students to communicate within the four modes of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 
  • Demonstrate language acquisition through the use of visuals, gestures, pictures, manipulatives and technologies.
  • Assess students on performance-based tasks like oral, written, listening and comprehension daily in the classroom. 
  • Allow students to self-assess their language progression.