World Language Dept. Q&A
What real world skills do your students learn?
Spanish: Communication skills for a variety of topics to use in the real world. Students also gain an understanding of other cultures and are able to broaden their view of the world. They explore the beauty of the Spanish speaking world through art, music, and other cultural aspects.
ASL: Students learn to communicate in the target language. They learn about the Deaf community and its culture.
What careers can they get?
Spanish: They can pursue teaching, translating, interpretation in a variety of fields; many employers value employees who can reach out to the non-English speaking communities. Law enforcement and dozens of business opportunities are available to those who are multilingual. As our economy becomes more global, the need for bilingual business men and women is greater than ever before.
ASL: Students may go on to work in as interpreters, ASL teachers, teachers of the Deaf/hard of hearing, speech language pathologists, social workers, etc.
What fun things can students take part in?
- Field trip to the DIA and restaurant
- Projects where they run for President, create their own commercials and experience hispanic foods through class experiences.
- Students frequently engage in “role play”. They practice vocabulary and grammatical concepts as they create conversations that take place in hospitals, airports, and train stations. They play the roles of newscasters, wedding planners, and world class chefs as they dramatize conversations and bring Spanish to life.
- Students create video recordings of signed stories, songs, and How-To projects.
- Participating in class skits individually, and in small groups.
- Watch news stories presented in ASL and discuss current events related to the Deaf community.
What makes the World Language department at Foley unique?
Spanish: Our students leave Foley with a strong grasp of the Spanish language - our communicative approach is effective compared to other programs. We have a high percentage of students who test out of their college requirements or complete their minor in Spanish before their senior year. We offer AP Spanish and a 5th year independent study course for students who test into Spanish 2 as freshmen. This course gives students the opportunity to read a variety of literary works of the Spanish Speaking World.
ASL: ASL is not yet offered at most high schools in the area. It is a great alternative to learning a spoken language and benefits students who prefer a visual language option.