Language Planning Committee

Update 2/12/2004

Status of Follow-up items from earlier meetings.

UW Partnership Summary

Julia has sent a draft of current or recent UW research activity to Michele. We'll put it into an article for Sue to publish in the spring Global Outlook. (For past issues, see Hamilton International Middle School > International Education.)

Grants for Proficiency Assessment

Michele worked with the John Stanford International School Grant-Writing Committee to submit a $5000 project proposal (in conjunction with submitting Mihoko Tsang's name for the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher award from the US Japan Foundation) for doing oral proficiency assessment of children in the Japanese Immersion program.

Meeting on Communication Pieces on Immersion
March 2, 2004 8:00-9:00 am at John Stanford

Brent, Maria, Karen, and Michele are planning to meet at JSIS to review the resources that Michele brought back from Key Elementary in Arlington, VA from her visit in 2000. There are many pieces that Arlington developed with CAL's help, including rubrics, portfolio pieces, curriculum scope and sequence, sample science lessons, and language development expectations by grade level. We'll give these a quick overview and determine which documents might be useful to modify and use at John Stanford.

For example, Key has Communication Goals for all elementary grade levels, similar to these for Grades K-1 (new window). Here are other documents that we'll review:

Elementary Partial Immersion Spanish Language Arts Curriculum Framework
This document is published by the Division of Instruction Foreign Language Dept. Arlington Public Schools (1996). It includes: Philosophy Statement; Mission Statement; Spanish Language Arts Goals for a partial immersion program; Language and Communication Goals by Grade Level and across the developmental continuum; Language Forms (grammar) by grade level; Teaching Activities by grade level in the skill areas of Listening and Viewing, Speaking, Reading, and Writing; and Language Contexts (School, Family and Home, Environment, Time and Numerality, Food, and Clothing) and Functional Skills by grade level.

Arlington County, VA Spanish Partial-Immersion Program Rubrics for Writing and Speaking in English and Spanish for Grades 1-5 (1997)
This extensive guide, in English and Spanish, includes: Scoring Guide for Rubrics; Rubrics for Speaking and Writing Grades 1-5; and Classroom Matrices for Speaking and Writing Scores, along with sample rubrics.

Spanish Oral Language Progress Report
These documents for grades 1-5 are a simplified version of the scoring rubrics in Resource #6, suitable for use as a send-home progress report assessing the student’s oral language progress in the areas of fluency, vocabulary, and grammar.

Assessment Portfolio Two-Way Spanish/English Immersion Program
This document provides a thorough introduction into portfolio assessment and how to design a portfolio, select pieces to include, keep a Running Reading Record, etc. It includes many sample forms (in both English and Spanish) and questionnaires for students and parents, as well as a bibliography.

Questions That Encourage Development of Vocabulary for Science Process Skills
This 1995 Summer Curriculum Project includes a wealth of process skills, questions, and vocabulary in English and Spanish designed for use in elementary Science. (Example process skills: Observation, Collecting Data, Making Graphs and Charts, Interpreting Data, Communication Oral and Written, Classifying, Measuring, Predicting, Investigating, Making a Drawing or Model, and Inferring)

Best Practices and Exemplary Lessons – Elementary Two-Way Spanish Immersion Program
This 1999 document from Myriam Stein of Arlington Public Schools provides a series of sample science lessons (for grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) incorporating linguistic and content objectives. (Examples: What Do Scientists Do?, How does Nature Change in the Spring?, How do Plants Absorb Water? etc.)

Resource Development Day
March 19, 2004 9:30-12:30 am at John Stanford

Paloma Borreguero and Marcos Garcia are coming to JSIS to meet with Spanish immersion teachers to look at how to use web lesson plans from the Ministry of Spain and Mexico. (Hamilton and other teachers are also welcome to attend.)

WAFLT Conference - Immersion Strand
March 20, 2004 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at PLU in Tacoma

See registration form PDF opens in new window).

Bridget Yaden at PLU is organizing the Spring Washington Association For Language Teaching Conference at PLU in Tacoma and asked Michele to organize an Immersion Strand, consisting of three break-out sessions. Maria and Brent from John Stanford will be co-presenting. Michele also hopes to involve Angela Davila, the World Languages Curriculum Developer at Bellevue S.D., who has brought Mimi Met from the National Foreign Language Center out recently to consult with them on program evaluation.

The goal is to make the sessions at WAFLT very interactive with opportunities for immersion teachers from Sunset Elementary (in Bellevue), Sheridan (in Tacoma), and John Stanford (in Seattle), and the corresponding middle schools (Tillicum, Stewart, and Hamilton) to network and share experiences and resources. (Perhaps we can share some of the resources from the Feb. 19 workshop with Paloma and Marcos.)

We are hoping to offer scholarship help to cover registration costs for immersion teachers and IAs to attend the conference.

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