The World Language Department of Scarsdale High School is committed to offer a program with the aim of meeting the needs of students regardless of their ability. It is our conviction that every student can learn a world language. We recognize that the level of proficiency each pupil attains may be different. Therefore, flexibility is built into the program. Every offering has objectives to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, although emphasis may be different from course to course. The department offers sequences in French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish.
In order to meet our objectives, several tracks are offered in French, Mandarin and Spanish. Two of them are designed for students who begin their study of foreign language in the seventh grade and continue in the ninth. These students are evaluated in the eighth grade and are placed in the honors program or in the regular program which continues through level five. Another track begins language in the ninth grade. This short sequence track is comprised of three kinds of students: Those who come from another school system in which language was not taught in the middle school; those who have middle school language experience but have not been advised to start over; and those who are taking a second language in the high school. Currently the complete short sequence track is available only in Spanish.
Approaches To TeachingAs a department, we strongly feel that there is no absolute way of teaching a world language. Many approaches have surfaced through the years and with each there have been successes and failures. It is our conviction that all teachers must use their own talents and resources to their fullest by developing their unique style. Teachers must feel free to try new methods and accept or reject them, taking into consideration their levels of success or failure. In conclusion, all teachers have a unique style which should be cultivated and adapted to meet the needs of all their students.
Last Modified on September 25, 2012