Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Introduction to HPISD LOTE Levels I-IV

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. Language enables us to connect with other people by sharing experiences and ideas, expressing concerns and opinions, and obtaining information and knowledge. The ability to communicate in more than one language increases opportunities to understand other cultures and to interact with other people within our borders and beyond.

The study of world languages is an essential part of a well-rounded education. Students who effectively communicate in more than one language, with an appropriate understanding of cultural context, are globally literate and possess the attributes of successful participants in the world community.

Communication is the overarching goal of the HPISD LOTE program. Students will be provided ample opportunities to engage in conversations, to present information to an audience, and to interpret culturally authentic materials in the language of study. As found in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (“the 5 C’s”) and as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), there are three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational.

Interpersonal mode: Students engage in direct oral or written communication with others. Examples of this “two-way” communication include but are not limited to conversing face to face, participating in digital discussions and messaging, and exchanging personal letters.

Interpretive mode: Students demonstrate understanding of spoken and written communication within appropriate cultural context. Examples of this type of “one-way” reading or listening include but are not limited to comprehension of digital text, as well as printed, audio, and audiovisual materials.

Presentational mode: Students present information, concepts, and ideas in spoken or written form to an audience of listeners or readers with whom there is no immediate interaction. Examples of this, “one-to-many” mode of communication, include but are not limited to a presentation to a group; creating and posting digital content; or writing reports, compositions, or articles for a magazine or a newspaper.

HPISD teachers use age-level appropriate and culturally authentic resources which are imperative to support language learning. The use of these resources enable students to make connections with other content areas, to compare the language and culture studied with their own, and to participate in local and global communities.

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