World Language/English as a Second Language Department
Mrs. Carmen MichaelPreK - 12 Supervisor
Phone: 973-535-8000, x8056
All four World Language programs in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish at Livingston High School are aligned with the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages formulated by ACTFL, the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Courses encompass the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, which address the need to prepare students for an interdependent global environment with a focus on the acquisition of communication skills and cultural competency. Our programs address standard number seven (7). Students are taught and assessed in the three modes of communication: the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes. These indicate progress in a student’s ability to understand, interact and produce the target language.
College Prep (CP) courses are designed for students who are able to develop language skills at a moderate pace. The majority of students completing a language at Heritage Middle School are placed into a level 2 CP or 2 Honors level class at Livingston High School.
Honors and AP Level courses are offered in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. Although enrollment into the honors and AP courses is open, teachers’ recommendations regarding the appropriateness of such placement should be seriously considered. The sequence of honors level courses begins with Spanish 2 Honors, French 2 Honors, Chinese 3 Honors and Italian 3 Honors. Honors Level courses are designed for students who wish to be challenged in a more rigorous environment and are prepared and motivated to participate in the extensive and intensive study of language and culture. The goals of the Honors and AP programs are communicative competence, the development of literacy in the target language and preparation for the AP exam.
Also offered is a sequence of ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for students whose native language is not English. Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are administered an English language proficiency exam to determine their eligibility to enroll in ESL courses.