WORLD LANGUAGES

  • DE Summer Chinese LInCS Student Application--DUE MARCH 3

    Posted by Gregory Fulkerson on 1/6/2017 8:00:00 AM

    The Delaware Department of Education has received a grant from the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and the Wanxiang America Cooperation under President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative aimed at encouraging more Americans to study abroad in China.  At least 30 Delaware high school students, who are currently enrolled in Chinese level 2 or higher, will be selected to participate in this competitive, four-week summer language, culture and STEM immersion initiative held in Hangzhou, China, tentatively scheduled for July 5-August 2, 2017.  Selected students will receive a complete scholarship that will cover costs to participate in the initiative, including roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia, visa fees, housing and meals in Hangzhou, Chinese language lessons, cultural presentations and fieldtrips, presentations on Chinese clean energy solutions, STEM-related field experiences and a cultural excursion to either Beijing or Xi’an. 

    The Student Application consists of the following six (6) documents:

    1. Student Participant Scholarship Application--online 
    2. Scholarship Application Writing Exercise--online 
    3. Parent/Guardian Information and Signatures--online 
    4. Chinese Language Teacher Recommendation Form
    5. School Counselor Recommendation Form
    6. Official Transcript

    Consult the attached APPLICATION OVERVIEW for minimum qualification requirements and the link to begin the application process.  All six documents must be received by FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 for the application to be considered complete.

    DE Summer Chinese LInCS 2017

    Online Application 2017

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  • Three-Year World Language Professional Learning Plan Continues

    Posted by Gregory Fulkerson on 2/4/2016 8:00:00 AM

    As a part of an intensive three-year statewide world language professional learning plan to connect world language proficiency with the Common Core State Standards for ELA, the Delaware Department of Education is happy to announce this summer's professional learning experiences:

    Proficiency and Literacy—World Language Learning and the Common Core— A Three-Year Professional Learning Plan
    Focus for Summer 2016:  Connecting Proficiency with the Common Core State Standards for ELA with a focus on Reading and Writing

    An agenda of the three-day professional learning experience will be available in late April as details are finalized with national consultants.

    Two three-day professional learning experiences will be offered at two different location in the State; the exact dates and sites are still to be determined. The capacity at each site will be 40 participants.  The course and sections will now in PDMS.  Participants must complete all three days of the professional learning session to receive a daily stipend ($155/day plus OECs) and 18 recertification clock-hours.

    World Language Summer Professional Learning
    Proficiency and Literacy—World Language Learning and the Common Core (Course# 23822)
    Section 1 —Wilmington (Section# 41342 )—August 1-3
    Section 2 —Dover (Section# 41343)— August 8-10

    If you have any additional questions regarding this summer's offerings or the three-year plan in general, please contact Dr. Gregory Fulkerson, Director, Language Acquisition, at gregory.Fulkerson@doe.k12.de.us .

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  • Proposed Refreshed Delaware World Language Standards

    Posted by Gregory Fulkerson on 12/21/2015

    Refreshed Delaware World Language Standards

     

    Since the Delaware World Language standards were adopted in 2007, several changes have occurred on both the State and National levels, including the introduction of the Common Core State Standards, and a refreshed version of our National World Language Standards. These changes are significant enough to necessitate refreshing Delaware’s World Language Standards.

     

    In 2012, Delaware adopted the Common Core State Standards.  As these standards do not explicitly include World Languages, the national organization ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) created a crosswalk document that shows that the World Language Standards and the Common Core State Standards are mutually supportive.  This document details the alignment of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards with the World Language Standards, giving explicit guidance to teachers on how and where each standard supports the other.  Refreshing Delaware’s World Language Standards to include this information is crucial to properly align current teaching practices with the Common Core.

     

    Refreshing the Delaware’s World Language Standards does not mean major changes to the existing standards.  Refreshing consists of modifying some language of the standards to be better reflective of the rigorous expectations of the Common Core and 21st century skills. 

     

    In 2013, ACTFL refreshed the National Standards for World Language Learning, with language that is inclusive of all learners and which reflects best practices, renaming them World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.  ACTFL has also published several supporting documents in the past few years that inform help teacher instructional practice, such as the Proficiency Guidelines (2012), Performance Descriptors (2012), and the NCSSFL/ACTFL Can-Do Statements (2013). 

     

    In January 2015, the Delaware World Language Teacher Leader Network, which represents all 19 school districts and several charter schools, met to analyze how other states’ standards are reflecting these updates and voted to form a sub-committee to draft a refreshed version of Delaware’s World Language Standards.

     

    The subcommittee presented their draft to the World Language Teacher Leader Network in October 2015 for their feedback.  A copy of the proposed refreshed Delaware World Language Standards is below.  Please direct any comments or questions prior to February 4 to Dr. Gregory Fulkerson at gregory.fulkerson@doe.k12.de.us.  

     

    Refreshed Standards

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