Foreign Language Five-Year Plan


This post was edited to better reflect the purpose and usage of the Foreign Language Plan presented to the school committee.

The Foreign Language Five-Year Strategic Plan was shared with the School Committee at their October 2nd meeting.  Several goals were outlined in the plan.  We have highlighted some of the key goals below.  You can read the Foreign Language Plan to see the complete list of goals and the research included in the plan.

  • 2015-2016: HPS will provide Foreign Language study in the 6th grade, pending approval in the FY16 budget.  Languages offered would be French and Spanish.
  • 2015-2016: HPS will study elementary foreign language instruction implementation for effectiveness, cost and methodology.
  • The plan outlines a potential timeline for implementation that will be refined and presented to the School Committee based on the results of the study.
  • 2016-2017: Implement foreign language study in kindergarten adding a new grade each school year through 2020-2021 as follows:
    2017-2018 – First Grade
    2018-2019 – Second Grade
    2019-2020 – Third Grade
    2020-2021 – Fourth Grade
    While the budget needs and personnel details will receive more refinement, this potential plan could mean the addition of one foreign language teacher to the budget for each of those school years.

2 thoughts on “Foreign Language Five-Year Plan”

  1. Just wondering why the implementation is starting from Kindergarten and working forward as opposed to starting in the higher grades and working backwards? i.e. introduce it in 4th or 5th grade for the 2016 school year and work backwards from there.

    1. The model of adding a kindergarten and working forward is a conceptual model that will be validated by the study being undertaken next year and ultimately decided on by the Superintendent and School Committee. The goal of the plan is to get all students to “intermediate proficiency” by graduation. The initial information presented suggested that, in order to accomplish this, children should begin introduction to FL in Kindergarten. Starting by adding FL at K in 2016-17 and working forward would, in theory, ensure that the earliest class possible gets the K through 12 FL model as working backwards would not have a class get the full K-12 FL experience until the class entering K in 2020. Again this is one model and has not been decided upon. The SC and the superintendent have already raised questions about how it might be done differently and will likely decide on an execution plan based on the results of the study.

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