Pacing Guide At-A-Glance For Introduction to World Languages 

9-Weeks, Every-Day Course

By the end of each marking period, students can perform the following functions:

Marking Periods 1 (47 days), 2 (43 days), 3 (43 days), 4 (47 days)

Days 1-7

Unit 1:The Origins of Communication (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

Days 8-14

Unit 2: Latin (7 Days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • identify and use Roman Numerals

Days 15-26

Unit 3: French (12 Days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • use numbers from one -20
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, and ask and tell where someone is from

*French teachers may do French before Spanish and Spanish teachers may do Spanish before French. In other words, these two languages may be inter-changed in order depending on the expertise of the teacher.

 

Days 27-38

Unit 4: Spanish (12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • use numbers from zero - 20
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, and ask and tell where someone is from

 

Days 39-45

Unit 2: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others(7 Days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Full-Year, Every-Day Course (50 mins.)

By the end of each marking period, students can perform the following functions:

Marking Period 1

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • understand how others view American Culture
  • describe the “Cultural Iceberg”
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages

Unit 2: Latin (2 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can..

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose

Marking Period 2

Unit 2 (cont.): Latin (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • compare word order of Latin to that of English
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • use common verbal expression in the appropriate context
  • count from one-20
  • identify and use Roman Numerals

  • describe the history of our calendar and the Roman calendar
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons

Unit 3: French* (2 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map and identify their flags
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • demonstrate greetings and expressions of courtesy
  • ask for and give names

*French teachers may do French before Spanish & Spanish teachers may do Spanish before French. In other words, these two languages may be inter-changed in order depending on the expertise of the teacher.

 

Marking Period 3

Unit 3 (cont.): French* (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • ask how to say words in French
  • use numbers from zero -100
  • make introductions
  • ask and tell how someone is feeling
  • ask for and state age
  • ask for and state birthdates
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • discuss holidays
  • ask for and give contact information/email
  • ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 4: Spanish* (2 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • demonstrate greetings and expressions of courtesy
  • ask for and give names
  • ask how to say words in Spanish

 

Marking Period 4

Unit 4 (cont.): Spanish* (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • use numbers from zero -100
  • make introductions
  • ask and tell how someone is feeling
  • ask for and state age
  • ask for and state birthdates
  • ·name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • discuss holidays
  • ask for and give contact information/email
  • ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet: Japanese, Arabic, Korean and/or others (2 weeks+)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)
  • identify introductory vocabulary and practices in Japanese
  • demonstrate greetings and expressions of courtesy
  • ask for and give names
  • identify traditional clothing
  • master the art of origami
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Spanish Before French Option

Marking Period 1

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • understand how others view American Culture
  • describe the “Cultural Iceberg”
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages

Unit 2: Latin (2 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose

 

Marking Period 2

Unit 2 (cont.): Latin (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • compare word order of Latin to that of English
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • use common verbal expression in the appropriate context
  • count from 1-20
  • identify and use Roman Numerals
  • describe the history of our calendar and the Roman calendar
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons

Unit 3: Spanish* (2 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • demonstrate greetings and expressions of courtesy
  • ask for and give names
  • ask how to say words in Spanish

*French teachers may do French before Spanish & Spanish teachers may do Spanish before French. In other words, these two languages may be inter-changed in order depending on the expertise of the teacher.

Marking Period 3

Unit 3 (cont.): Spanish* (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • use numbers from zero - 100
  • make introductions
  • ask and tell how someone is feeling
  • ask for and state age
  • ask for and state birthdates
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • discuss holidays
  • ask for and give contact information/email
  • ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 4: French* (2 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map and identify their flags
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • demonstrate greetings and expressions of courtesy
  • ask for and give names

 

Marking Period 4

Unit 4 (cont.): French* (7 weeks)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • ask how to say words in French
  • use numbers from zero -100
  • make introductions
  • ask and tell how someone is feeling
  • ask for and state age
  • ask for and state birthdates
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • discuss holidays
  • ask for and give contact information/email
  • ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet: Japanese, Arabic, Korean and/or others (2 weeks+)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)
  • identify introductory vocabulary and practices in Japanese
  • demonstrate greetings and expressions of courtesy
  • ask for and give names
  • identify traditional clothing
  • master the art of origami
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Semester, Every-Day Course (50 mins.)

By the end of each marking period, students can perform the following functions:

Marking Period 1 and 3

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (2 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • describe the “Cultural Iceberg.”
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

Unit 2: Latin (4.5 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • count from 1-20
  • identify and use Roman Numerals.
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons

Unit 3: French* (2.5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map and identify their flags
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in French
  • use numbers from 0-100

 

Marking Period 2 and 4

Unit 3 (cont.):  French* (2 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 4:  Spanish* (4.5 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can..

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in Spanish
  • use numbers from 0 -100
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others (2.5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify introductory vocabulary demonstrating greetings
  • ask for and give names
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

 

Spanish before French Option

Marking Period 1 and 3

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (2 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • describe the “Cultural Iceberg.”
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

Unit 2: Latin (4.5 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • count from 1-20
  • identify and use Roman Numerals.
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons

 

Unit 3: Spanish* (2.5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in Spanish
  • use numbers from 0-100

 

Marking Period 2 and 4

Unit 3 (cont.):  Spanish* (2 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

    Unit 4:  French* (4.5 weeks/22 days)

    Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map and identify their flags
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in French
  • use numbers from 0 -100
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others (2.5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify introductory vocabulary demonstrating greetings
  • ask for and give names
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Semester, Every-Other-Day Course

By the end of each marking period, students can perform the following functions:

7 class periods

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • ­define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

7 class periods

Unit 2: Latin (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • identify and use Roman Numerals.

12 class periods

Unit 3:  French* (12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • use numbers from 1 -20
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, and ask and tell where someone is from

*French teachers may do French before Spanish and Spanish teachers may do Spanish before French. In other words, these two languages may be inter-changed in order depending on the expertise of the teacher.

12 class periods

Unit 4:  Spanish* (12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags

  • name important dates and events from Spanish history

  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose

  • use numbers from 0-20

  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, and ask and tell where someone is from


7 class periods

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Spanish before French Option

7 class periods

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

7 class periods

Unit 2: Latin (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • identify and use Roman Numerals.

12 class periods

Unit 3:  Spanish* (12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags

     

  • name important dates and events from Spanish history

     

  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose

     

  • use numbers from 0 -20

     

  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, and ask and tell where someone is from

     

*French teachers may do French before Spanish and Spanish teachers may do Spanish before French. In other words, these two languages may be inter-changed in order depending on the expertise of the teacher.

12 class periods

Unit 4:  French* (12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • use numbers from 1 -20
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, and ask and tell where someone is from

7 class periods

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others (7 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Full-Year, Every-Other-Day Course (50 mins.)

By the end of each marking period, students can perform the following functions:

Semester 1

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (4 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • describe the “Cultural Iceberg.”
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

Unit 2: Latin (9 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • count from 1-20
  • identify and use Roman Numerals.
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons

Unit 3: French* (5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map and identify their flags
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in French
  • use numbers from 0-100

 


Semester 2

Unit 3 (cont.):  French* (4 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 4:  Spanish* (9 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in Spanish
  • use numbers from 0 -100
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others (5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify introductory vocabulary demonstrating greetings
  • ask for and give names
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

Spanish Before French Option

Semester 1

Unit 1: The Origins of Communication (4 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define and describe Communication (non-verbal, verbal, & visual)
  • define and describe Language
  • define and identify language families
  • define culture and subculture (products, practices, and perspectives)
  • describe the “Cultural Iceberg.”
  • discuss stereotypes and recognize similarities between languages.

Unit 2: Latin (9 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • understand basic history of the Latin languages as well as ancient Rome and their contributions to modern-day society
  • define and identify Latin derivatives
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • identify Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • use and respond to greetings including introductions to good-bye
  • count from 1-20
  • identify and use Roman Numerals.
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons

Unit 3: Spanish* (5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify and locate Spanish-speaking countries and flags
  • name important dates and events from Spanish history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in Spanish
  • use numbers from 0-100

Semester 2

Unit 3 (cont.):  Spanish* (4 weeks/10 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 4:  French* (9 weeks/22 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • define the word francophone, locate a francophone country on a map and identify their flags
  • name important dates and events from French history
  • say the letters of the alphabet and use them with a purpose
  • ask how to say words in French
  • use numbers from 0 -100
  • name the days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons
  • make introductions, ask and tell how someone is feeling, ask for and state age, ask for and state birthdates and ask and tell where someone is from

Unit 5: Non-Roman Alphabet Languages: Japanese, Korean, Arabic &/or Others (5 weeks/12 days)

Functions/Objectives: I can...

  • identify key elements of Japanese culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, the art of Origami, expressions of courtesy)
  • identify introductory vocabulary demonstrating greetings
  • ask for and give names
  • identify key elements of the Korean and/or Arabic culture (geography, facts and figures, clothing, foods, and more)

 


The Introduction to World Languages course is a non-credit elective course for middle school students, preferably in sixth or seventh grade, as an exploration of the study of some languages prior to their selection of the formal study of a world language for high school credit.

Course Description

Through this non-credit, elective nine or eighteen week or year-long course, students will explore the study of several languages to include Latin, French, Spanish, one non-Roman alphabet language such as Japanese, and one other language such as German or Italian if time allows and as aligned with the courses offered in feeder high schools. Emphasis is on providing students the origins of how people communicate, through body language, tone, space, and oral and written language throughout the global community and how cultures are similar and inter-related and having that knowledge may enhance or create barriers to support communication. Students also learn about the connections of languages of the world, basic interpersonal communication skills of each one studied and cross-cultural perspectives of the speakers of each language and where they live.

Students will “travel” to different corners of the world and learn how to be positive global ambassadors of their schools and understand how language study enhances their English skills, reinforces interdisciplinary knowledge, sets the foundation for them to be life-long learners of languages, and empathize with and appreciate others learning English as a second or third language. The overarching goal is to provide students opportunities to explore languages prior to selecting one language to formally study for high school credit and to become more international-minded.

The course may be offered in various middle schools and vary in length and offering each year based on student interest, scheduling possibilities, and school funding.

Curriculum

There is a prescribed curriculum, Pacing Guide, and adopted textbook and identified authentic resources for this course based on the frequency and duration of the scheduled time. The six required thematic units include: communication, cultures, Latin, French, Spanish, and Japanese. If time allows as in a semester or year-long course, German and/or Italian may be added. The study of French and Spanish may be switched depending on the major language of the teacher. The curriculum is designed to be flexible in order to accommodate for the school variables.

 Its merits remain the same as an exploratory world language experience and is recommended as an age-appropriate course for younger middle school students who want to have a world language learning experience without the pressures of earning a high school credit.