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Beyond Spanish, language popularity mixed at high schools York, Hinsdale and Lyons Township high schools offer at least four languages. Kimberly Fornek Contact Reporter Pioneer Press Hinsdale, LTHS and York high schools adopt new ways to teach languages More than half of area high school students who take a world language class choose Spanish, with French being the second most popular language to study. Given how useful Spanish is in this country, that's not surprising, said Jennifer Lawrence, chair of the world languages department at Hinsdale Central High School.

  • Although most elementary students learn Spanish before anything else, middle, high school and university students can choose which language they learn;
  • The drawings then served as the artwork in a gallery where students pretend to shop for pieces to furnish their homes.

Another reason the majority may take Spanish is because many started learning the language in elementary school. Children in Elmhurst Unit District 205 begin studying Spanish in third grade, said Connie Chester, the district's K-12 curriculum coordinator for world languages. In District 205's middle schools, they have a choice of Spanish or French. By the time they finish eighth grade, they have the equivalent of one year of high school French or Spanish, Chester said.

Similarly, some elementary districts that feed into Hinsdale High School District 86 offer foreign language classes, leading many to continue with Spanish in high school, Lawrence said.

High schools offer advanced levels of Spanish and French in response. District 86, Lyons Township and York high schools do not require a foreign language to graduate. The majority of students, however, take a second language as an elective anticipating that many colleges will require it. That's partly due to the fact that many families in Elmhurst are descendants of Italians, said Jessica Nall, chair of the school's English language learners and world languages department.

Emma Ryan, a York freshman in the Italian I class, simply wanted a change. While York stopped offering German about 10 years ago, it remains a popular course at LT. She really is energetic. Nall said District 205 started the shift about five years ago, beginning in middle school.

The AP exam was rewritten to reflect that shift, Nall said.

  • The Spanish language classes are held in the small village of El Palo, just a 20 minute bus ride away from the city centre;
  • The AP exam was rewritten to reflect that shift, Nall said;
  • Children in Elmhurst Unit District 205 begin studying Spanish in third grade, said Connie Chester, the district's K-12 curriculum coordinator for world languages.

Spanish teacher Kelley Westerberg said the language program at York is more applicable to real life than when she studied Spanish as a student there 10 to 12 years ago. In her Spanish 4 Honors class, the students study surrealism and are asked to draw one of their dreams.

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The drawings then served as the artwork in a gallery where students pretend to shop for pieces to furnish their homes. They converse with each other in Spanish about the meaning of the drawings, which ones they like and why. Social media help Lawrence said some teachers at Central incorporate teenagers' fondness for social media. It connects the students to the language and the culture, Lawrence said.

Alex Lutter, an Elmhurst junior at York, said his class writes blogs in Spanish for homework. Students at York High School have Chromebooks which they can use to record themselves and send it to their teacher to review on her computer.

The students can e-mail the recordings to themselves, too, so they can listen and hear where they may have made grammar or other mistakes. District 86 teachers create electronic portfolios of the students' voices, which demonstrate the progress they make, Lawrence said. It's rewarding for the students to hear the difference in how they spoke at the beginning of the school year, compared to the end of the year, she said.

  1. She really is energetic. Instead, Latin takes its place, although it is no longer an official language in use.
  2. High schools offer advanced levels of Spanish and French in response.
  3. Due to the wide range of courses available, Malaga University attracts language students and professionals from all over the world.
  4. Children in Elmhurst Unit District 205 begin studying Spanish in third grade, said Connie Chester, the district's K-12 curriculum coordinator for world languages. District 86, Lyons Township and York high schools do not require a foreign language to graduate.
  5. In addition to the language classes, the university also arranges other activities for the students including trips to other towns and sport tournaments at the university campus.

Some students still opt for a language in which conversation is not the focus. But she had Spanish classes all through elementary and middle school. AP teachers tell her Latin students are better at analyzing literature and using rhetorical devices in their writing. To show Latin's influence in the modern world, every Wednesday students in Jolicoeur's class share examples of Latin words and phrases they noticed in their daily lives.

  • However, more and more schools are offering Chinese, so expect to see this number rise in the next few years;
  • Instead, Latin takes its place, although it is no longer an official language in use;
  • The students can e-mail the recordings to themselves, too, so they can listen and hear where they may have made grammar or other mistakes;
  • So what did they choose to learn?

The students rattled off examples, such as the names of elements in the periodic table in chemistry, phrases on American money, and their own school motto: