Browne Academy's World Language department, offering both
French and Spanish, encourages students to open their minds to a world where
communication is essential.
The World Language program at Browne Academy,
taught by native speakers, is designed to expose the students to not only
language and culture, but also to increase awareness and respect for cultural
diversity. As a school, Browne Academy values and advocates the richness of a
multicultural community, and is composed of members with various perspectives
and backgrounds that foster global awareness through respect and understanding.
The objectives of the World Language curriculum are quite
varied, from gaining an appreciation for another culture to completing the
first or second year of high school foreign language study. Small class sizes
allow for a tailored program that includes a developmentally appropriate
approach for each student and promotes academic success. The four skill areas:
listening, speaking, reading and writing, combined with the practices and
perspectives of the culture being studied, are integral parts of the World
Language curriculum. Students communicate through oral and written skills using
the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. Using a variety of
inter-disciplinary activities that emphasize areas of study adds depth and
personal understanding to the excitement of learning a foreign language.
The ultimate objective of Browne Academy’s World Language
program is to provide the skills needed for students to enter high school in
French II and Spanish II. By reinforcing and solidifying the four language
skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, as well as incorporating
culture, students are given the tools needed to achieve this objective. The
following means are used with students: text/workbook materials, homework
assignments, accountability for concepts learned, lectures, oral discussions
and exercises, role-playing, games, technology resources and continuous
assessment for accountability of previously learned concepts. Students are
engaged in age-appropriate hands-on activities and participate in projects,
making connections across all disciplines. Students are evaluated through
individual and group activities that provide social interaction combined with
real life situations.
Field trips and coordinated cultural
activities on campus add unique richness to the program by exposing the
students to Hispanic and French cultural landmarks and traces in the Washington
D.C. Metropolitan area. These activities allow the students to explore,
identify, compare and contrast Hispanic and French cultures first hand.