Tuesday, December 17, 2013

AEF Awards WL Dept. $3,000 for AP Vertical Teaming

The World Language Department was just awarded a $3,000 grant from the Arlington Education Foundation to support the launch of AP Vertical Teams in French, Latin, and Spanish. The grant will fund professional development for all teachers -- middle and high school -- to attend College Board workshops. Teachers will then participate in AP Vertical Teams to review, revise, and collaborate on curriculum and assessments from level 1 to AP.

In recent years, each of the AP world language exams has been radically changed to reflect current research on foreign language acquisition, emphasizing the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, presentational) over discrete grammar and vocabulary items. Without strong preparation from the start of language study, success with the AP curriculum and exam is difficult.  

Key goals of the grant are: to strengthen instruction in World Language classrooms at all levels; to foster collaboration between teachers in the 6-12 language program; to strengthen World Language curriculum at all levels to better prepare students for rigorous AP language courses.

We are extremely grateful to the AEF for its continued support! ¡Gracias! Merci! Gratias!

Read about AEF's recent fundraiser, where WL Director, Catherine Ritz, was a guest speaker: http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/news/x915449172/Arlington-Education-Foundation-raises-12-000-for-Arlington-schools

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