Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Jon Valentine, Director
(678) 301-7020

Description of Program

The goals of the foreign language program in Gwinnett County schools are to:

  • Address individual student needs and afford all students the opportunity to learn how to communicate in another language.
  • Provide students the opportunity to achieve a high level of proficiency by offering a variety of languages in an articulated sequence beginning in elementary and/or middle school.
  • Incorporate a variety of technologies to enhance communication and allow for direct connection to the target language and culture.

  • Develop an understanding of the diverse perspectives, practices, and products of cultures in an international community.

  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and provide access to resources unique to the target language and culture.

  • Expand students’ knowledge of their own language and culture through the study of another.

  • Expose students to academic and career opportunities in global society and to promote lifelong learning.

In meeting these goals, various models of foreign language programs exist in Gwinnett schools. At the elementary level, schools that offer foreign language provide an exploratory model in order to raise students’ awareness of other languages and cultures. At the middle school level, most schools offer introductory nine week courses in the Connections block, and more than half offer sequential one or two year programs that meet Level One Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) for the target language studied. These middle school sequential programs prepare students to enter Level II study in high school. Gwinnett’s high schools offer programs of study in the following languages: French, German, Latin and Spanish. Contact your local school to find out which of these languages are offered.

Core Materials

Classical Languages: Latin
Course:Latin ICambridge Latin Course, Unit One
Cambridge Latin Course, Unit Two
Latin IICambridge Latin Course, Unit Three
Cambridge Latin Course, Unit Three
Latin III / IV / V / VI / APCambridge Latin Course, Unit Four
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Course:Latin III / IV / V / VI / AP
Selected Readings:A Song of War: Readings from Vergil’s Aeneid
Cicero and Sallust: On the Conspiracy of Catiline
Love and Betrayal: A Catullus Reader
Love and Transformation: An Ovid Reader
Selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico
Publisher:Prentice Hall
Modern Languages: French
Course:French IBon Voyage, Level I
French IIBon Voyage, Level II
French IIIBon Voyage, Level III
French IV / VTrésors du temps
Publisher:Glencoe / McGraw-Hill
Course: French VI / APEn Bonne Forme
Publisher:McDougal Littell
Modern Languages: German
Course:German IDeutsch Aktuell I
German IIDeutsch Aktuell II
German IIIDeutsch Aktuell III
German IVDeutsch Aktuell III
Publisher:EMC/Paradigm Publishing
Course:German V and VIKaleidoskop
German APKaleidoskop
Mitlesen, Mitteilien
Allerlei zum Besprechen
Modern Languages: Spanish
Course:Spanish IRealidades, Level I
Spanish IIRealidades, Level 2
Spanish IIIRealidades, Level 3
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Course:Spanish IVEn Español Cuatro
Spanish V/ VIContinuemos
Course:Spanish V/ VISendas literarias 1
Sendas literarias 2
Spanish APAP Spanish: Preparing for the Language Exam
Publisher:Prentice Hall
Course:Spanish APEn Contacto
Publisher:Thomson Learning
Course:Spanish for Native Speakers INuevas Vistas: Curso de introducción
Spanish for Native Speakers IINuevas Vistas: Curso Uno
Middle School Connection Classes
Course:French ConnectionsExploring French
German ConnectionsExploring German
Publisher:EMC Publishing
Course:Spanish Connections¿Cómo te va?