International School Manila

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Modern Languages

The Middle School Modern Languages program seeks to provide an environment where students feel confident to take risks while exploring the complex process of acquiring a new language. The Modern Languages courses are carefully sequenced from Middle School to High School. Functional themes and situations are mastered first, followed by more academic themes in the High School. The program focuses on the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Throughout the program, the language-study process is used as a vehicle to discover connections between the target language’s culture and the students’ own culture and language. Assessment is carried out through a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks. Communication and conversation drive our instructional approach.


Content/Skills

The Introductory Courses Level A aim to develop students’ confidence and ability to interact in the target language through engaging students in a thematic and communicative approach. The themes explored are personal information, family and friends, school, home, city, free time and entertainment, hobbies and sports, shopping, health and food. These themes and in-class learning experiences are closely linked to students’ interests and awareness of the world. Vocabulary and grammar structures are learned in context to further students’ ability to interact in the target language. By the end of these courses, students will have acquired skills to communicate in oral and written forms with some coherence and a reasonable amount of grammatical accuracy within the range of themes studied.

Level B courses follow the same instructional approach as the introductory courses. The aim is to build upon basic grammar and vocabulary to further students’ abilities to express themselves and support their opinions in the target language. The same themes as Level A are used as the context to develop students’ confidence and fluency with the basic language, grammar, concepts and vocabulary. By the end of these courses, students will have acquired skills to communicate in oral and written forms with coherence and a reasonable degree of grammatical accuracy within the range of themes studied.

Level C courses aim to provide students with the skills necessary to begin analyzing, debating and interacting in the target language at an intermediate level. Vocabulary and advanced grammar continue to be introduced through the same instructional approach designed to engage students in the language learning process. The themes studied are expanded to encourage discussion and interaction with authentic materials of the target culture and language. By the end of the Level C course, students are expected to use the language with grammatical accuracy and to express themselves spontaneously during class.

Upon completion of Grade 6 and Grade 8, students will be evaluated based on in-class performance and placed in the most suitable level for the following year. Students from Grade 6 will usually be placed in Level A or B. Students from Grade 8 will usually be placed in High School Level 2 or 3.


Resources

The ISM Modern Languages Department is equipped with a variety of materials used to engage students in the target language and culture. The materials include iPads, subscriptions to websites, audio-visual equipment, books, movies, music, games and mini-whiteboards. Our Modern Languages teachers create lesson resources in order to provide the most appropriate, relevant and engaging learning experiences for our students. These resources are shared with students via Google Drive and Google classroom.