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Branden Lansing


Branden Lansing
World Languages & DLI Specialist
blansing@dsdmail.net

 

Marty Chen
Chinese Specialist
801-402-5344
machen@dsdmail.net

 

 

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Our Vision and Goal

In Davis School District our goal is for our learners to be able to truly use language as a means of communication with the world around us.  This means a lot of practice and use of the language by the teacher and the student. The successful acquisition of a second language requires students to follow a long, sequential course of study that focuses on student use of the language, as will be required of them in the "real world.
 
We currently offer instruction in the following programs
 
Spanish German French
Latin Chinese A S L

 

Proficiency

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What is Proficfiency and why does it matter?

Language proficiency refers to a person’s ability to use a language for a variety of real-world purposes.Proficiency is commonly measured using the guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
 
A student who begins learning a language in kindergarten and continues through high school, can possibly have a fluency rating in the advanced range by the 12th grade.  Students who begin learning a language in 7th grade, and continue for five or six years, can have a fluency rating in the intermediate-mid to intermediate-high range. 
 
The ACTFL proficiency scale includes:
Novice
Intermediate
Advanced
Superior
 
 

Assessments and Testing

Important things to know about our language assessments and how they are rated and graded in our World Language Program: 
 
Most of our language assessments at every level (7th grade through 12th grade) are performance based. Performance assessments allow our learners to demonstrate their language skills through real world tasks and scenarios. Learners are able to practice targeted skills throughout each unit by completing tasks in class, as homework, collaborative activities, projects and formative assessments. 

At the end of each unit of study the learners take a summative assessment that requires the learners to use speak, listen, read, and write.  In addition to this, there are numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their proiciency in the four areas. 
 
The learners' performance is rated using a scale that describes the levels of proficiency used in World Languages. The descriptors in the rubric are part of  national and state descriptors for all levels of language; Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. 
 
Below you can click on information and resources for further information on the targeted levels for each course and what each level means. This will help you understand what your child will be able to do in the language at each level. 
 
  • The proficiency outcomes rubric has abbreviated descriptors in each column for each mode. For much more detailed descriptors please refer to the link here: ACTFL Performance Descriptors.
  • Davis School District language students can track their progress on tracking forms similar to this one.At the end of each grading period for all courses in grades 7-12, the learners will receive a rating that relates to a level on the rubric.
  • This rating describes the level of language the learner is able to sustain consistently at least 80% of the time on skill based tasks. 
  • Parents (and students)  can track how well their child is doing at each grading period and what level of proficiency they must set as their goal in order to reach the next level and/or attain their desired grade at the end of the course. It is important to note that a beginning level of proficiency for each course is not the desired level for the end of the course.  
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Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

Seal Of Biliteracy

On December 4, 2015, the Utah State School Board established the Seal of Biliteracy.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, The Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to any Utah student who is proficient in English and one or more World Languages or the Indigenes Languages of Navajo or Ute.
 
 A “Seal of Biliteracy" means a seal placed electronically on a student's high school transcript that indicates a student has achieved in English, and in a world language, a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

​Contact your high school counselor for more information, to submit your application, or to schedule a proficiency assessment.   

Download the 2019 Seal Of Biliteracy Application Form 

DESK Standards

Davis Essential Skills & Knowledge 

The purpose of the DESK is to focus and prioritize the skills & knowlede students are expected to learn in each course we teach. Teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists collaborated to identify the skills and knowledge students need to master at each stage in their education. By following the DESK documents below, teachers provide the curriculum & instruction necessary for students to acquire language skills expected at each level.  If this isn't happening for your child, please work with us to ensure it does. 

Competency Assessment

World Language Credit for Demonstrated competency 

Demonstrated Competency Assessment

Students proficient in one of the available foreign language can earn up to two years of world language credit through use of the STAMP Assessmentaccording to proficiency demonstrated.
 
State Board of Education rule R277-705-3C requires school districts to provide students with the opportunity to earn credit by demonstrating competency. The Demonstrated Competency Assessment for all world languages is the STAMP Assessment, a computer-based test that is taken on-line.

To sign up for the STAMP test, contact the Davis School District Test Center  (801) 402-5385 
 

More information can be found in the Demonstrated Competency Assessment. 

Teachers

Teacher Resources and Materials

Desk Standards, Posters, Instructional Videos, Sample Assessments, Unit Plans, Sample lessons, Target and Assessments have been moved to our own District Servers. To access these materials and documents please select your program of instruction and Log in using your ENCORE credentials. 
World Languages Program 
Materials and Resources
   

If you have any questions or problems accessing any of these materials please contact Sergio Tello, Website and Technology leader for assistance at stelloblanco@dsdmail.net