6th Grade World Language Selection
November 23, 2021
Dear 6th Grade Students and Parents,
On Friday, December 3rd, all 6th graders will make their selection for the world language they wish to study in 7th grade. We currently offer four different language programs: French, Italian, Spanish, and Native Spanish. Our French, Italian, and Spanish programs are designed for students that have had little to no exposure to these languages, while our Native Spanish course is designed for students who speak Spanish at home.
On Friday, 6th graders will view a special video presentation on their language choices during their science period. Students will then be given a link to access the Foreign Language Selection Forms to submit their choices. Students interested in pursuing our Native Spanish track will be assessed individually at a later date for proper placement.
Carefully selecting your top two choices is very important as switching languages is not possible. New York State guidelines require students to study a language for two years at the middle school level and two more years at the high school level for an Advanced Regents Diploma. Students interested in more than one language can always add on another language as an elective when they enter our high school. Please be advised that students must select two different choices. While we are almost always able to give students their first choice, we need a second choice in the event that we cannot accommodate their first choice.
Students and families that would like some guidance as to how to make a good choice can click on the following link to view our Choosing a World Language Presentation. As an added resource to help students make their selection, students may wish to sign up to use the program, Pronunciator, which is available for free through the Baldwin Public Library website. Students can log in with their library card barcode to create an account and explore studying French, Italian, and Spanish before making their selection. Families that wish to watch the video that students will view in class on Friday can view it together ahead of time can follow the link here.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Jimmy Kalamaras
Director of ENL and World Languages