Newport-Mesa USD | BP 6142.2 Instruction
World/Foreign Language Instruction
In order to prepare students for global citizenship and to broaden their intercultural understanding and career opportunities, the Governing Board shall provide students with opportunities to develop linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy in one or more world languages in addition to English.
(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)
The Superintendent or designee shall recommend world languages to be taught in the district's educational program based on student interest, community needs, and available resources. He/she shall also consider providing English learners the opportunity to study their heritage language, when such a course is available, in order to continue developing skills in that language. American Sign Language courses shall be open to all students regardless of hearing status.
(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)
The district shall offer a sequential curriculum aligned with the state content standards, state curriculum framework, and, as applicable, California university admission requirements for languages other than English.
(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)
(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)
Instruction in world languages shall be offered to secondary school students beginning no later than grade 7 and shall be designed to develop students' skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the language. (Education Code 51220)
(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)
Students shall obtain credit toward high school graduation requirements for completion of a one-year course during grades 9-12 in a world language or American Sign Language.
(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)
(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)
(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)
In order to encourage higher levels of language proficiency throughout a student's education, the district may offer age-appropriate language programs in elementary schools. Beginning in the primary grades, the district may deliver language studies through a two-way immersion program in which instruction is delivered in both English and another language to both English-only students and English learners.
The Board shall ensure that students have access to high-quality instructional materials in world languages. In accordance with Board policy, teachers shall also be encouraged to identify and use supplemental resources, such as literature, technology, newspapers and other media, dictionaries, and volunteers from the community to enhance the world language instructional program.
(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)
(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)
(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)
(cf. 6163.1- Library Media Centers)
The Superintendent or designee shall provide professional development as necessary to ensure that teachers of world languages have the knowledge and skills they need to implement an effective instructional program that helps students attain academic standards.
(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)
The Superintendent or designee shall provide periodic reports to the Board regarding the effectiveness of the district's world language program which may include, but not be limited to, a description of the district's curriculum and the extent to which it is aligned with the state's content standards and curriculum framework, student achievement of district standards for world language instruction, and student participation rates in each language course. Program evaluation shall be used to identify needed improvements and may be considered in determining the languages to be taught in the district.
(cf. 0500 - Accountability)
(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)
51212 Legislative intent to encourage foreign language instruction in grades 1-6
51220 Courses of study, grades 7-12
51225.3 High school graduation requirements
60605.3 Content standards for foreign language instruction
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
1632 Alternative credits toward graduation for foreign language instruction in private school
11309 English immersion programs, parental exception waivers
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, adopted January 7, 2009
Foreign Language Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003
CENTER FOR APPLIED LINGUISTICS PUBLICATIONS
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, Second Edition, 2007
COLLEGE BOARD PUBLICATIONS
A Challenge to Change: The Language Learning Continuum, 1999
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: http://www.actfl.org
California Association of Bilingual Education: http://www.bilingualeducation.org
California Department of Education, Foreign Language: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/fl
California Foreign Language Project: http://www.stanford.edu/group/CFLP
California Language Teachers' Association: http://www.clta.net
Center for Applied Linguistics: http://www.cal.org
College Board: http://www.collegeboard.co
University of California, a-g Course Approval: http://www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag
Policy NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: September 8, 2009 Costa Mesa, California