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Department of World Languages & ENL


We offer Spanish, French, American Sign Language & ENL (English as a New Language)


The World Languages Department offers full sequences in Spanish and French with courses in American Sign Language as well. Beginning in seventh grade, students may choose between Spanish or French to begin their language studies. Their junior high school language study covers Checkpoint A of the New York State Education Department’s Learning Standards for Languages other than English. These standards are adopted as part of the Common Core State Standards and are in line with the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) National Standards for language learning. Upon successful completion of a regionally developed comprehensive examination in the language, students will receive 1 H.S. credit for their junior high study. 

The students will go on to study for two years more pursuing Checkpoint B proficiency, earning 1 H.S. credit for each year of study. Their successful completion of a regionally developed comprehensive examination at the end of two years will award them the language component for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Beginning in grade 9, students may choose to take American Sign Language, offering them an opportunity to learn another language while earning 1 H.S. credit per year of study. The successful completion of a regionally developed comprehensive examination will afford them the chance to complete another language sequence. [Students can also begin the study of another language in grade 9, if they have taken Spanish, they will continue to do so, but add French to their schedule or vice versa.] 

The teaching of French and Spanish is based on materials published by Glencoe Publishers. These materials consist of units of study that include a wide variety of language activities, i.e. basic dialogues, pattern drills, vocabulary presentations, grammar, pronunciation and communicative activities. The main focus of each class is the development of communicative skills. Each unit is supplemented by a variety of writing activities, listening activities, multimedia presentations, videos, and testing materials, as well as an online component and listening lab of native speakers for additional reinforcement.  Teachers often supplement with teacher-created materials and other sources of realia.

The units of study in World Languages are organized into Checkpoints

Checkpoint A (grades 7-8) - Emphasis is placed on the fundamental sound system, vocabulary, basic grammatical structures and the essential skills needed for listening, speaking, reading and writing at an age appropriate level. Students are also exposed to the countries and cultures in which the language studied is spoken. Level appropriate, authentic text and media will be utilized whenever possible. 

Checkpoint B (grades 9-10) - Emphasis is placed on the use of the target language in all forms (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an extensive vocabulary and grammatical skills. Students will be further exposed to the countries and cultures in which the language studied is spoken. Appropriate, authentic text and media will be utilized whenever possible. 

Checkpoint C (grades 11-12) – Advanced reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are emphasized with authentic text and media are utilized frequently. Development and enhancement of previously acquired linguistic skills will be emphasized while college and career readiness is a goal. Similar goals are set for the intermediate level, college course offered to seniors. 

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English as a New Language is offered to students entering Babylon UFSD that are new to the language and speak another language(s) at home.  Students are evaluated upon registration and work with their ENL teachers to achieve their goals.  See the ENL page for more information.