Welcome to the World Languages Department

The fundamental goal of the  World Languages program is to enable students to communicate effectively in the target language. Teachers emphasize speaking and vocabulary development, especially in the beginning levels, rather than the study of grammar in isolation. As students progress from introductory to advanced courses, grammar skills are taught in context as tools for effective communication.

 The department strives to equip students with the skills to express communicative functions that include providing and obtaining information, expressing personal feelings, socializing and persuading. Applying speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, students must use the target language effectively in a variety of real-life situations. In addition to the practical application of communication in the language, students will obtain an understanding of cultural perspectives and practices in countries where French and Spanish are spoken.

 The Nyack School District is one of the many school districts in New York which participates in the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS) World Language Examination Consortium. In June all Level 1 students will take the FLACS Checkpoint A or equivalent and all Level III students will take the Checkpoint B exam (Formerly a NYSED-created Second Language Proficiency Exam for level 1 World Language students and Regents Exams in Latin and German for grade 10 students/level 3 language). The mandates from the state for Regents and Advanced Regents diplomas have remained the same but the test is now administered locally trough FLACS. For more information on state requirements please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/documents/lote-qa.pdf

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Nyack Union Free School District is proud to offer The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

to NHS Graduating Seniors who want to be recognized for being proficient in one or more languages in addition to English

 

Criteria

  • Complete all Regents diploma graduation requirements
  • Demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the requirement to qualify for at least 3 points of the SBL English Proficiency Criteria
  • Demonstrate proficiency in any other world language, including American Sign Language, by meeting the requirement to qualify for at least 3 points of the SBL World Language Proficiency Criteria.

Benefits

  • Affirms the value of diversity in a multilingual society
  • Encourages the study of languages
  • Identifies high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers
  • Provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission
  • Prepares students with twenty-first century skills
  • Recognizes the value of world and home language instruction in schools

 

Students who are awarded a Seal of Biliteracy will receive:

*The New York State Seal of Biliteracy insignia affixed to the high school diploma*

For more information and a Seal of Biliteracy Application and information please contact Victor Olmedo, World Language Liaison or your Guidance Counselor

 

 

English Proficiency Criteria

  • Complete all requirements to graduate with a NYS Regents Diploma

        Earn 3 points in this area:

  • Score 75 or higher on the NYS English Regents Examination or score 80+ on the NYS Regents CC ELA or English Language Learners (ELLs) score 75 or above on two Regents exams other than English, without translation (point value: 1)
  • ELLs score at the Commanding level on the NYSESLAT (point value: 1)
  • Complete all 11th and 12th grade ELA courses with an average of 85% or higher (point value: 1)
  • Achieve 3+ on Advanced Placement English Lang. or Literature or 80+ on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (point value: 1)
  • Present a culminating project  that meets the criteria for speaking, listening, reading and writing established by the district. (point value: 2)

 

World Language Proficiency Criteria

  • Complete all requirements to graduate with a NYS Regents Diploma

        Earn 3 points in this area:

  • Complete a Checkpoint C level World Language course, with a grade of 85 or higher (point value: 1)
  • Provide foreign transcripts showing instruction in the student’s home/native language, with an equivalent grade average of B or higher (point value: 1)
  • For students enrolled the bilingual education program, complete all required Home Language Arts (HLA) coursework and the district HLA exam with an 85 or higher (point value: 1)
  • Score at a proficient level on an accredited Checkpoint C World Language assessment (See “Checkpoint C World Language Assessments and Minimum Scores”)
  • Present a culminating project that meets the criteria for speaking, listening, reading and writing established by the district. (point value: 2)