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World Cultures and World Languages

Lincoln School recognizes that the ability to communicate in another language increases the opportunities to interact with other peoples and to understand other cultures, as well as helping to build knowledge and understanding of ones own language and culture. Kindergarten students participate in Emergent Languages, conducted solely in the target language, as a continuation from the program which begins in the Infant and Toddler Center and in Early Childhood in the Lower School.  In first through fourth grades the students study French and Spanish through Foreign Language in the Elementary School program.  FLES emphasizes oral and aural communication, and is almost completely conducted in the target language.  A typical FLES class may involve playing a game, cooking in the kitchen, making a movie, singing a song, or discussing the day's topic.   In first and second grades special focus is placed on geography and cultures of the world. Third and fourth graders continue to build confidence and skills in speaking and listening in the target language while focusing on the cultures and traditions of the world's French and Spanish speaking people.  Fifth graders use the language lab and engage in a more intensive study of grammar in preparation for more structured formal language study in the Middle School.


International Language Program:  French (grade 5) (for students who have already attained fluency in French)
The goal of this program is to facilitate students maintaining a relationship with the language and culture while developing their linguistic skills and cultural awareness to be successful citizens in a multicultural world.   This new program is designed for students in 5th through 8th grade who demonstrate an appropriate level of fluency in French. The students will be placed in one group, 5-8th grade.  Classes will meet 4 times per week (3x for 5th grade) with a French teacher, who will incorporate different learner strategies and emphasize hands-on, interactive, and collaborative learning. After completion of the entrance examination and an interview about language background, expectations and future goals with both the parents and the student, an individual program will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual student.  In addition, there will be a specific, rotating curriculum each year to ensure that there is no repetition and to ensure that the students are introduced to a wide variety of topics as they advance through the program.  Technology will be integrated into the curriculum and students will visit the language lab weekly.

This tailor-made course continues to work on building strong language skills through a wide variety of individual and collaborative activities. Each unit is thematically based and is enhanced with multiple resources such as novels, short stories, magazine articles, films, music, and computer-accessed materials, which provide ample opportunities for the students to sharpen language skills in both creative and personal ways. Within each unit, the individual student will work at her own pace and with age appropriate assignments and activities to meet her particular needs.  Evaluation of student performance is based on participation in the classroom and on frequent skills testing (listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing) throughout the year. The language laboratory will be used once each week.







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