Second Language Proficiency

At Avenues, our goal is to graduate students who are truly at ease beyond their borders. Second language instruction is integral to achieving this goal. Guided by the most current research on language acquisition and evidence showing the significant social and cognitive benefits of learning a second language, we have created an immersion curriculum designed to educate students who can converse comfortably on subjects ranging from the everyday to the academic, with a focus on global awareness.

At Avenues, students in nursery through fourth grade spend half of their time learning in English and half of their time learning in the second language of their choice—Spanish or Chinese. Beginning in September 2017, fifth grade students will also be in immersion classrooms. The Chinese language curriculum at Avenues teaches speaking in Mandarin and writing in Simplified Chinese. All content subjects (literacy, math, social studies, music and art) are taught in both English and Spanish or Chinese. Students in grades five through 12 receive intensive language study in the immersion style. Students in these grades are placed in leveled language classes according to their proficiency.

In addition to the social and personal benefits of being multi-lingual, current research shows that second language acquisition is highly beneficial to the development of brain functions and cognitive skills. Our coordinated curriculum in both English and the immersion languages leads to a high level of academic rigor and an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning that is engaging and meaningful.

LANGUAGE CHOICE ON YOUR APPLICATION

Immersion grades (Nursery–4)

Please select a preference for Chinese, Spanish or “No Preference.” Please note that the choice of language is a factor in our selection process. Applicants are admitted to a particular language track. If you truly have no preference between Spanish and Chinese, the admissions committee will choose a language placement for you in order to achieve a balanced class composition.

Intensive Language Grades

Students in grades five through 12 will have intensive language instruction classes as they develop proficiency in either Spanish or Chinese. Beginning in September 2017, fifth grade students will be in immersion classrooms.

MORE ON IMMERSION INSTRUCTION

Avenues teachers are extremely well qualified, with extensive training in subject content and, for the language teachers, in second language instruction. English and second language teachers collaborate extensively to create and nurture the social, emotional and academic growth of their students. Teachers share the responsibility for teaching the content and curriculum and communicate with each other regularly about student progress and concerns.

Language teachers use the second language 100 percent of the time for both instructional and procedural interactions, providing sufficient input for consistent incremental assimilation of the language. Through formal and informal assessments, teachers monitor students’ progress and offer opportunities to strengthen their language skills through dynamic and differentiated groupings.

Avenues students will become proficient in a second language, which is fundamental to being a truly global citizen.

Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

August 17, 2017

An Exploration of Ocean Animals in Nursery

by Dorine Yang

The Seahorses and Giraffes have been learning about ocean animals in HuangSe, their nursery Chinese immersion classroom. This unit was contrasted by a land animal study in Yellow, the partner English classroom.  

August 15, 2017

5th Graders Reflect on Immigration at Ellis Island

by Rachel Kreibich

Students in 5th grade are studying U.S. and world immigration in a reading, writing and World Course cross-curricular integrated thematic unit. To launch the unit, students studied the difference between migration and immigration and tracked historical movements and patterns.  

August 10, 2017

Pre-K Students Create Their Own Bookstore and Art Gallery

by Elaine Lee

After learning about their neighborhood, pre-K students decide to create a book store and art gallery of their own.  

August 8, 2017

Problem-based Learning in Math Takes a Student-centered Approach

by Fanny Sosenke

Starting in 8th grade math and continuing into the upper grades, the math curriculum is centered around having students learn mathematics by solving and discussing a well- organized set of problems.  

July 28, 2017

Upper Grades Students Host Symposium on Syria

by Student Voices

Since September, my 11th and 12th grade Economics of Violence and Peace class at Avenues: The World School had been examining the economic dimensions of violence and peace.  

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