French, German, Spanish
The study of modern language entails acquiring a language system and applying it in four
active and interrelated ways: through listening, speaking, reading and writing. These four skills
involve exchanging ideas and effective communication. Effective communication, in turn,
involves the intellectual process of understanding how ideas can be best expressed to the
audience concerned. Understanding ideas, and expressing them clearly and convincingly,
demands an awareness of th
e cultural characteristics of the audience. At the STEM academy,
modern language courses are communicative in nature, encouraging students to immerse
themselves in the language and culture of study. Students complete meaningful tasks that
contribute to t
heir overall proficiency. Current and authentic materials enhance student
learning experiences. Technology further aids students in their studies. Each course provides
them with a comfortable, yet challenging, environment, in which they work towards the
becoming lifelong learners of their chosen modern language.
Modern language courses are based in interdisciplinary, inquiry
requiring students to investigate, analyze, create, and draw conclusions in the target language.
Projects supported by second language acquisition
based research require students to think
critically about cultural and academic criteria using oral, aural, verbal, and written modes.
Demonstrations of understanding in some courses culminate in a formal research paper.