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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 3

THE LIVING CURRICULUM 4

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 4

CURRICULUM THEMES 6

GRADING PROCEDURES 7

COURSE PROFICIENCIES 9

BIBLIOGRAPHY 53

ASAMPLE AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT 54

APPENDIX AINTERIM ASSESSMENT 61

APPENDIX BSELF ASSESSMENT 67

APPENDIX CNEW JERSEY CORE CURRICULUM CONTENT STANDARDS FOR WORLD LANGUAGES 69

APPENDIX DNEW JERSEY CORE CURRICULUM CONTENT STANDARDS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY 126




STATEMENT OF PURPOSE


The World Language Program of Parsippany – Troy Hills is a sequential grade 1-12 program that is based upon specific proficiencies that were developed as a result of a national movement that, in turn, became the basis for the proficiencies and standards agreed upon by the State of New Jersey. It is to be noted, however, that these proficiencies should not be thought of as the acquisition of specific points of grammar or vocabulary, but as tasks that the student can accomplish in the language studied. They, in turn, become the foundation upon which we base our scope and sequence of instruction. The proficiencies are developed through the study of specific topics. The same topic can usually be explored at virtually any level of proficiency in a spiraling fashion. For example, the topic of the family can be discussed differently at various levels of proficiencies. Beginning students might be able to enumerate the members of their families, but say very little else about them. In the next plateau, the student might give a brief description of family members or mention some of their activities or interests, whereas speakers at a higher level can talk about their family members in detail, recount events that the family shared together, or talk about future plans. At an even more advanced level, more abstract topics such as societal forces that threaten family life, the issues surrounding family planning, or the role of the family in the target language might be discussed. Thus, the depth and breadth of the discussion and the precision and sophistication with which it is handled will differ from one level of proficiency to the next. We are indebted to the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and to the State of New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards for providing us with their constantly updated criteria upon which to base our expectations.

In addition, the district has drawn up its own sets of proficiencies, specific to certain courses, for the four overlapping linguistic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and for those skills inherent in second language training that increase efficiency in the workplace. Finally, there is a set of proficiencies designed as measures of technological literacy.


This course is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages (NJCCCS for World Languages) and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Technological Literacy (NJCCCS for Technological Literacy).


THE LIVING CURRICULUM


Curriculum guides are designed to be working documents. Teachers are encouraged to make notes in the margins. Written comments can serve as the basis for future revisions. In addition, the teachers and administrators are invited to discuss elements of the guides as implemented in the classroom and to work collaboratively to develop recommendations for curriculum reforms as needed.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION


During the development of this course of study, particular attention was paid to material, which might discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, or creed. Every effort has been made to uphold both the letter and spirit of affirmative action mandates as applied to the content, the texts and the instruction inherent in this course.
GENERAL GOALS

Parsippany-Troy Hills School district World Languages Curriculum for Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu

This course of study is designed for a full-year program. The curriculum is divided into four instructional themes, each with multiple tasks overlapping in structure and vocabulary, providing practice in all skill areas. The underpinnings of this course are the district’s proficiencies for Speaking, Reading, Listening, Writing and Cultural Awareness, which are course specific elaborations on the Novice Low to Intermediate High proficiency levels set out in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages:


7.1 All Students will be able to use a world language in addition to English to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken and written language, and to present information, concepts, and ideas, while also gaining an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures. Through language study, they will make connections with other content areas, compare the language and culture studied in our program, and participate in home and global communities.
Consistent with the recommendations of the World Language Curriculum Framework, rather than each step in the language course having a grammatical structure as its focus, there is an emphasis on increasing proficiency in communication on a variety of everyday topics relevant to the student. The aim of the course is to provide sufficient guided practice in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing that the student is able to respond appropriately to the spoken and written word.
Each unit will involve listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as address certain standards for technological literacy and cultural awareness within the context of a practical communication task with specific structural underpinnings of increasing complexity. Students will learn to understand the everyday basics of the language, express their basic needs and assist those who do not speak English. In addition, students will research basic topics from print media and the internet, use bi-lingual dictionaries efficiently, create visual tools in Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu, maintain a variety of logs and records and monitor and make oral reports on topics of relevance in the news. A common strategy in the teaching of a language is “Total Physical Response” or “TPR”. Total Physical Response is defined by Dr. James Asher, the originator, is based on the premise that the human brain has a biological program for acquiring any natural language on earth – including the sign language of the deaf. The process is visible when we observe how infants internalize their first language.
The main goal of the curriculum is that students acquire sufficient confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing basic Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu combined with practice in utilizing Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu in a variety of practical, job-related activities so that they are prepared for the demands of employment in an increasingly bi-lingual workplace. In addition, through personal research and exposure to authentic materials from many different countries, the students will become aware of the great cultural diversity and richness of the Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu speaking world.

CURRICULUM THEMES


INTER-

DISCIPLINARY FOCUS


NOVICE LOW

Level 1


NOVICE MID

Level 2


NOVICE HIGH Level 3


INTER LOW

Level 4


INTER MID

Level 5


INTER HIGH

Level 6

 

 

LITERACY



  • Reading own name

  • Nouns and Adjectives

  • Verbs (present tense)

  • Introduce alphabet sounds

  • Basic Prepositions

  • Opposites




  • Reading alphabet

  • Sounds in words

  • Writing alphabet

  • Introduce vowel recognition

  • Writing own name

  • Singular/Plural nouns

  • Pronouns

  • Adjectives & gender



  • Reading and writing vowels (Barakhadi)

  • Reading composite alphabet, simple words and phrases

  • Writing words, phrases and basic sentences

  • Verbs (past tense)

  • Adverbs

  • Prepositions

  • Conjunctions and basic punctuation

  • Reading blended consonants

  • Reading at sentence and paragraph level

  • Writing blended words and complex vowel sounds

  • Basic sentence and question construction

  • Model correct use of grammar

Verbs (future tense)

  • Reading multiple paragraphs

  • Writing at multiple sentence level

  • Complex and compound sentence construction

  • Emphasize gramma-tical concepts

  • Translate into English

  • Noun cases

  • Idioms

  • Reading short stories with simple text

  • Writing at paragraph level

  • Emphasize correct use of grammar

  • Translate from English into target language

  • Proverbs

  • Punctuation II

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES



  • Greetings I

  • Feelings

  • Myself and family members

  • Home life and daily routine

  • Classroom Language I




  • Greetings II

  • School life and daily routine I & II

  • Classroom Objects

  • Leisure time

  • Classroom Lang. II

  • Clothing

  • Community Helpers & places

  • Occupations

  • School life and daily routine III

  • Shopping



  • Self and others:

Meeting people/

Extended relationships



  • Famous people

  • Describing people

  • Transportation

  • Home life, routines and responsibilities

  • Order a meal in a restaurant

  • Intro to literature

  • Classic folktales

  • Country profile: India and USA

  • Travel

  • Post and Mail

  • Asking directions

  • Basic fiction and non-fiction literature

  • Media Arts

  • Current Affairs

  • Indian Customs and Traditions


 

 

SCIENCE



  • Farm Animals

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Colors

  • Parts of the body I

  • Zoo Animals

  • Food and drinks

  • Parts of the body II

  • Seasons and weather

  • Birds and insects

  • Injuries, illnesses and treatments

  • Directions (EWNS)

  • Human life cycle

  • Food grains

  • Diet and Exercise

  • Food recipes

  • Environment-local

  • Earth and its elements

  • Solar system

  • Environment-national/international

 

MATH

  • Numbers 0-10

  • Shapes

  • Days of the week

  • Numbers 11-20

  • Ordinal numbers 1-10

  • Time I

  • Months of the year

  • Numbers 21-30

  • Ordinal numbers 11-25

  • Money

  • Numbers 31-50

  • Fractions

  • Time II

  • Numbers 51-100

  • Numbers 100+




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