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World Languages Department at Harlan HS

The World Languages Department of Harlan High School uses innovative, research-based approaches to encourage language proficiency in Spanish, French, and Latin for students of all levels. We focus on understanding the products, practices, and perspectives of people around the world and within our own community in order to make cultural connections.

Our goal is to equip all students with the skills that will enable them to communicate in another language, offering them an expanded worldview, and enhancing their career opportunities in San Antonio and beyond.

Our strategy includes using proficiency-based instruction, integrating technology, utilizing authentic materials from the target language culture, and encouraging daily interactions with classmates in order to create engaging and high-quality instruction available to students from novice level to advanced proficiency. We also offer academic options including Dual Language, Pre-AP classes, and AP classes.


World Languages at Northside ISD:

American Sign Language (ASL), French, German, Latin, Spanish

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English (TEKS for LOTE) is the foundation of all Northside ISD World Languages curriculum. The World Languages offered in Northside ISD are French, German, Latin (select campuses), Spanish, and ASL (offered at Marshall HS and Taft HS only). 

Since the teaching of all modern languages is similar, the following descriptions apply to each level of each language. French, German, and Spanish courses consistently use the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. Via the practice of the three modes of communication, the following skills will be refined; speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

Latin is a classical language where great emphasis is placed on the skill of reading. ASL is a performance-based language where the focus is on signaling skills in authentic, real-world situations. 

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in several language courses from I - VI and may take on-level, Advanced, and/or Advanced Placement.


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