• RMS World Language Offerings

    2020-21

      “All students will be able to use a world language in addition to English to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken and written language, and to present information, concepts, and ideas, while also gaining an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures. Through language study, they will make connections with other content areas, compare the language and culture studied with their own, and participate in home and global communities.” (New Jersey World Language Standards)

    The Randolph Department of World Languages believes that the acquisition of a second language is an indispensable attribute of an educated person. We offer a multifaceted, comprehensive language program. The goal of the World Language department is to develop students’ communicative skills with grammar and vocabulary being taught in context rather than in isolation. In order to enrich and broaden students’ communicative skills, instruction will not be limited to the written curriculum, but student needs and inquiry will be addressed on an ongoing basis.  The curriculum encompasses interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication while emphasizing the interrelationship between the language and its respective culture.

    The world language program at Randolph Middle School offers a multi-year consecutive sequential program in French, Mandarin, Spanish, and Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers. The goals of each language allow students to perform at their linguistic proficiency level within specific areas of emphasis: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and understanding the culture of the people who speak the language natively.

    Students at Randolph Middle School have a choice of French, Spanish, Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers or Mandarin for a three-year sequence of Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced language courses.  Students study the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and culture.  Each unit introduces new language and vocabulary in a situational context. Grammar concepts will be taught in context through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in the target language. 

     

    Beginner French, Spanish or Mandarin

    Beginner World Language is typically taken in 6th grade and presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Getting Started, Student Life, Personal and Public Identities and Food. Through this exploration, students will gain knowledge of the target language environment and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in Beginner World Language are at the Novice-Low to Novice-Mid proficiency levels.

    Intermediate French, Spanish or Mandarin

     Intermediate World Language, which is typically taken in 7th grade, presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Family and Friends, Communities and Active Lifestyles, All About Me, and Arts and Culture. Through this exploration, students will gain knowledge of the target language environment and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in Intermediate World Language are typically at the Novice-Mid proficiency level.

    Advanced French, Spanish or Mandarin

     Advanced World Language is the third and final course in the middle school sequence.  Advanced World Language Curriculum presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of House and Household Tasks, Celebrations, Vacation and Travel, Geography, Animals and Landforms, and Going Green.  Through this exploration, students will gain knowledge of the target language environment and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in Advanced World Language are typically at the Novice-Mid to Novice-High proficiency levels.

    Spanish Language and Culture I

    Spanish Culture and Language I is a marking period course designed to expose students to basic conversational elements of the target language and customs and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. This course is geared towards students who have had minimal to no exposure to the Spanish language. The units of study include greetings, introductions, and good-byes, Spanish-speaking countries and their locations, personality traits and physical characteristics, and Spanish-speaking countries’ celebrations and culture.  This course is assigned with the recommendation of the child study team and the supervisor.

    Spanish Language and Culture II

    Spanish Culture and Language II is a marking period course, which is a continuation of Spanish Culture & Language I. It will further expose students to basic conversational elements of the Spanish language and culture. The course is designed to build upon previously learned topics in level I. The focus of this course is to introduce additional basic conversational elements in the target language and to explore customs and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. The units of study include Who am I?, Expressing likes and dislikes, Spanish Calendar, and “Hands On” cultural activities.  This course is assigned with the recommendation of the child study team and the supervisor.

    Spanish Language and Culture III

    Spanish Culture & Language III is a marking period course that expands upon the learning experiences established in Spanish Culture & Language I and II. The goal of the course is to expose students to new ideas and concepts as well as deepen understandings of previously learned skills and perceptions. The focus is to expose students to the culture and language of Spanish speaking countries through the exploration of their own preferences. The units of study include How Do I Feel?, Where Am I?, What Do I Like to Eat?/What Do I Not Like to Eat?, and Culture Investigations of Spanish Speaking Countries.  This course is assigned with the recommendation of the child study team and the supervisor.

    Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers I, II & III

    Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers is designed specifically for native or heritage students who are proficient speakers of Spanish.  Our objective is to help students expand their current proficiency level in speaking and listening while developing their reading and writing skills in order to help them become biliterate.  A central goal of the program is to instill a sense of pride in our students and in their heritage.  Through the development of self-understanding and self-esteem, students will be better prepared to navigate a bicultural society.  Spanish for Natives/Heritage Speakers will enable students to expand and enhance proficiency in Spanish by providing them the opportunity to listen, speak, read, and write in a variety of contexts and for a variety of audiences including the family, school, and the community.  Students will explore the cultures of the Hispanic world including their own as well as gain a better understanding of the nature of their own language.  Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers I-III prepares students for Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers I Honors at the high school

     

    RMS English as a Second Language Offerings

    2019-2020

    Deepening student understanding of the culture and language of their new homeland, the Randolph Township Schools’ English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum enables students who are non-native speakers of English to effectively use content knowledge and skills to develop within their new linguistic community.  With academic language development and successful social communication as its goals, the ESL program addresses the needs of its growing population of English language learners (ELLs) from around the globe.  Our program is intended to provide our linguistically and culturally diverse students with the foundation for their success in our schools.

    High Intensity ESL Reading

    High Intensity ESL Reading is designed for the English Language Learner (ELL) of the beginner or intermediate level who requires a second period of ESL daily. It focuses on literacy in the English language at the proficiency level of the student. This course fulfills the English requirement.  Students are placed in this course on the recommendation of the ESL supervisor and teacher as based on performance on state- approved tests.

    Beginning ESL

    Beginning ESL is designed for the beginner level student whose native language is not English. It focuses on the oral communication and written language needed for a non-native speaker to transition to an English-language academic environment. Students will learn the structures of English grammar as well as begin to develop academic vocabulary in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. This course fulfills the English requirement.  Students are placed in this course on the recommendation of the ESL supervisor and teacher as based on performance on state- approved tests.

    Intermediate ESL

    Intermediate ESL is designed for the English Language Learner (ELL) of the intermediate level. Building on the basic English skills previously learned, it focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an emphasis on academic vocabulary needed to succeed in middle school content-area classes.

    Students will learn more complex grammatical structures, language forms and conventions, as well as greater depth of vocabulary. This course fulfills the English requirement.  Students are placed in this course on the recommendation of the ESL supervisor and teacher as based on performance on state- approved tests.

    Advanced ESL

    Advanced ESL is designed for the English Language Learner (ELL) of advanced level to develop proficiency in all language domains. Using informational and literary texts, it focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills needed for success in subject areas. This course fulfills the English requirement.  Students are placed in this course on the recommendation of the ESL supervisor and teacher as based on performance on state- approved tests.

     

    The World Language and ESL curriculum can be found at https://www.rtnj.org/Page/363