Want your child to learn a different language?
Students who wish to select one of the following languages to study will have the opportunity to learn it through virtual coursework provided Rosetta Stone and Sign-it (for ASL), in addition to small group and one-on-one lessons by Mrs. Leone and Mrs. Fox.
(While Spanish is offered by Rosetta Stone, it will not be a Language Lab option. Students who wish to study Spanish will continue the traditional course of study with live instruction at the school.)
When will students attend the Language Lab?
Students who select an alternative language of study will report to the Language Lab at the time they would otherwise be taking Spanish, 3 days per week.
How will they learn their language of choice?
Rosetta Stone and Sign-It are exclusively virtual programs, with in-person support.
Rosetta Stone provides the most advanced voice-recognition program, and students will use a microphone and headset during some of the class period. Mrs. Leone, who is fluent in over four languages, will assist students with short lessons, Quizlet practice and pronunciation/reading support.
Students who select American Sign Language will have the opportunity to interact with a sign language instructor multiple times throughout the month during their language class, but will be utilizing a virtual program, Sign-It, for most class periods.
Remote learning is not for every student. It requires self-motivation and an ability to seek answers to questions that a live instructor might normally provide. Remote language learning also requires genuine excitement about acquiring a new language.
How will students be graded?
Sign-It and Rosetta Stone provide benchmark assessment scores. Lesson completion, class participation, quizzes and written tests will form the basis of grades in addition to assigned activities. In order to do well, students must dedicate time to independent practice at home. 20 minutes of independent practice, 3-4 days a week is recommended. Students will be able to access their Rosetta Stone and Sign-It accounts from home. The use of language learning supplemental books and/or free apps such as Duo Lingo is encouraged.
May my child switch from Language Lab back to Spanish mid-year?
May he or she switch languages while in the Lab?
No. Students who select the Language Lab option will be placed in the Lab for the entirety of the school year. They may not move from the Language Lab back into Spanish once the school year has started. Similarly, once they begin a language, they may not switch to a different language during the school year. It is important to preview Rosetta Stone and Sign-It on the web prior to registration to be sure these learning platforms are well suited to the way your child learns.
What if my child receives support through Academic Enrichment during what would have been their Spanish class?
You must reach out to Lisa Sullivan and Sigrid Couch to discuss alternative options for pullout if you wish for your child to participate in the Language Lab.
To whom is this available?
The in-school Language Lab is only available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
We will be offering an after school Language Lab “Club” for students in other grade levels who would like to study another language.
Is there a fee?
Yes. In order to provide licenses and equipment for all students, there is a separate, nonrefundable $250 fee for the Language Lab that covers the full year of Language Lab learning.
There are a limited number of spaces for each class; registration will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. If spaces fill, you will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of enrollment prior to the start of the school year. Registration opens Monday, March 7th.
We are proud to support global learners, and to be able to offer this option to middle school students.
For questions, please contact Antonette Aguilera at firstname.lastname@example.org.