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Foreign Language

Corinne Barnes


770.651.2147      Email Ms. Barnes

Benifits of taking Foreign Language Classes

  1. The ability to speak another language and communicate with people from a different culture.
  2. Improved performance in other basic skill areas, such as reading and math.  (Students of average intelligence seem to make particularly impressive gains in reading skills.)
  3. Improved cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher-order thinking skills.
  4. Higher SAT and ACT scores.
  5. Higher test scores on standardized tests in reading, language arts, math and social studies.
  6. Gains on measures of performance I.Q.
  7. Improved communication skills, including better listening skills and a sharper memory.
  8. Enhanced career potential.
  9. Fluency in a foreign language is a basic life skill that Georgia children need in order to compete in the global marketplace.
  10. 4 out of 5 jobs created in the United States are created from foreign trade.
  11. The United States needs citizens who can speak another language in order to maintain our national security and our economic competitiveness.
  12. In addition, foreign language study has consistently been shown to increase students' performances in other disciplines, such as math, reading and language arts.



Characteristics of Douglas County Foreign Language Program:

  1. Instructors must possess native or near-native fluency and a thorough knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching methods.
  2. Instruction must take place in the foreign language.
  3. Students should receive a minimum of ninety minutes of instruction, two to five days a week.  Daily instruction is optimal.
  4. The program must provide an extended sequence of foreign language study that is articulated with the middle and high school program.


 Goals for Middle School Foreign Language Program

  1. The Middle School Foreign Language Program is an integrated part of the whole curriculum.
  2. Instruction includes varied strategies.
  3. Target language is being used for instruction.
  4. Community view of the program is positive.
  5. Teachers are competent.
  6. The program provides ongoing staff development.
  7. Effective support from Central Office coordinator is provided.
  8. The program includes ongoing evaluation of pupil performance as well as program effectiveness.
  9. Program makes a connection between academic aspect of foreign language and real-life language usage.

Foreign language in Douglas County Middle School is a two-year sequential academic course.  Since Middle School Foreign Language is an academic skill-building course, it is important for students to approach every aspect of the course with seriousness and commitment.  Successful completion of two years of foreign language in Middle School will enable students to begin second year of foreign language when they enter high school.  If students begin foreign language in middle school, they will either take the second and third year of that same language in high school in order to meet the requirements, or they may start a different language in high school.  In either case, they will take two years of foreign language in high school, in order to meet the Board of Regents requirement for the University System of Georgia.  Beginning foreign language in Middle School, affords Douglas County students the opportunity to develop skills needed to meet the demands of the twenty-first century.


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