Their World Languages program is available for secondary students that are studying at a high school level. It’s not an elective, it is part of their curriculum. There are seven different AP languages: American Sign language, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
They have eleven standards for the study of foreign languages. And all standards aim to study the five areas of the National Foreign Language Standards, which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.
Their language learning journey is divided into three stages of learning: beginning, developing, and expanding. And these stages are made of different levels. The beginning stage is composed of level I and it can extend onto level II. The developing stage might begin in level II, is composed of level III, and it may extend onto level IV. The expanding stage might begin in level IV and extend onto level VI.
You can learn more about the stages and standards of the World Languages program by reading their instructional guideline.
They also have Honors 3 and 4 levels for each of their languages, except for Portuguese, which only has Honors 3 level. In these courses, students will learn different content and have different assignments.
For the Spanish Honors 3, they’ll learn vocabulary about personal relationships, daily life, health, and more. And their assignments will be based on the five areas of the National Foreign Language Standards. Some of the assignments will be to describe the weather, research the traditional costumes of Spanish speaking countries, reading poetry, and even go to an international soccer game. And the Spanish Honors 4 is also based on those five areas and eleven standards discussed above.
There are also Advanced Placement (AP) language levels for French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. They focus on developing communication in their students. That’s why some of their goals are making the students understand formal and informal language, and being able to express themselves fluently in both the written and oral form.