Coordinator of Languages Other Than English, 6-12
550 North Street, White Plains, NY10605
Phone: (914) 422-2230
The White Plains Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Department is very proud to be able to offer the study of six languages. Students have the option to study French, Spanish, Italian, or Mandarin Chinese beginning in the sixth grade for a sequence which may lead to the Honors and Advanced Placement levels. Students also have the option to study German and Latin when they attend the High School.
OUR CORE VALUES
We strive continually to raise standards and levels of language proficiency, to involve an increasing number of students in longer sequences of language study, and to encourage students to become multilingual. We believe that:
all students can be successful language and culture learners;
language cannot be separated from the cultural context within which it is learned;
language is best learned in meaningful contexts;
language learning is cumulative and must be continuous over a long period of time in a sequential developmental program;
language learning must begin with a strong foundation;
students must have many and varied opportunities for practice;
language development must be assessed frequently, over time, and in a variety of ways;
language development must be oriented to present and future use;
standards for communicative competence and cross-cultural skills must incorporate the dimensions of problem-solving, creative thinking, and students' awareness of how they learn best;
linguistic self-confidence and independence motivate students to become life-long learners.
Students in the White Plains School District begin their study of language in grade 6. Children attending the Highlands or Eastview Middle Schools may choose from French, Italian, Spanish, Spanish for Spanish Speakers, Spanish Language Arts and Mandarin Chinese. Middle School students also have the opportunity to study Latin as an enrichment class; this is in addition to their regular LOTE language.
Students continue their language study at the high school where, upon successful completion of a locally developed Checkpoint B exam, may apply for Honors and Advanced Placement courses in their respective language. The high school also offers accelerated courses in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Latin for those students who wish to begin the study of a second or third language.
The LOTE department has a long history of providing students with many opportunities to travel abroad. Our trips to France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Costa Rica are an integral part of our program and they are planned and organized to directly align with the NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English. Trips to each country are alternated every other year.