World Languages meet five days per week for 45 minutes. Since the classes are small, students are not tracked by level of proficiency.
Through a communicative approach, students are immersed in the target language. They continue to expand and improve oral, reading, listening and writing skills simultaneously
French: When Princeton Charter School students enter the French program in Middle School they have already had at least 2 years of French (if they have come to the school in 3rd grade) or 6 years of French (if they have started in Kindergarten). Students are divided into two small sections of French. They meet five days per week for 45 minutes. Since the classes are small, students are not tracked by level of proficiency.
Through a communicative approach, students are immersed in the target language. They continue to expand and improve oral, reading, listening and writing skills simultaneously. Traditional methods of language learning , such as dictation, verbal conjugations, different pattern exercises and grammar review are incorporated in the instruction. Part of our academic philosophy is that a well educated student must understand the logic of language. Students who understand the logic of a second language tend to have a better understanding of their native language, have stronger critical thinking skills, and even perform better on standardized tests. Students do lots of creative writing in French, as well. They read and discuss some original pieces of French literature, poems, movies , video clips and pieces of art. Each year The National French Exam is offered to all students of French. Our rate of success is high. By the end of 8th grade, we expect our students not only to have a good level of oral proficiency in French, but also to have a basic grammatical culture, to know the main grammatical tenses, and to be able to express their thoughts both orally and in writing in the target language.
Spanish: Princeton Charter School Spanish Language Program goals are to teach children to communicate in a language other than their native language and to help children acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for other cultures.
Our curriculum is based on performance guidelines sponsored by the American Council of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the revised New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards.
Classes are conducted mostly in Spanish and employ a number of instructional techniques designed to help new and veteran learners acquire Spanish. We will be using the textbook, Paso a Paso, for theme based vocabulary and grammar, as well as readers and packets for authentic stories and legends. The stories and legends allow the students to use both grammar and vocabulary previously studied in a realistic environment. In class, students are introduced to new concepts and practice them through guided and monitored exercises. Students are expected to continue the learning process through homework and review outside of class.