LOTE Program Design
The Languages Other Than English program provides students with the opportunity to study and appreciate the language and culture of other countries and to broaden their personal and cultural perspectives. Within an interactive environment, students develop communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, Italian, or Spanish, and receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language.
The focus is on language use, a performance model, in order to prepare students to function independently, spontaneously and comprehensibly in the language. Teaching language includes not only developing the learners’ language proficiency, but developing the learners’ content knowledge as well. Thus integrating knowledge and skills from other disciplines promotes logical and creative thinking. Second language study empowers learners to engage in meaningful, direct interaction with members of other cultures. Students are provided with opportunities to develop insights that are available in no other way and become skilled observers and analysts of other cultures.
Our program has as its primary goal the preparation of students to function independently, spontaneously and comprehensibly in the language. Students are supported to develop a curiosity about how languages work and an appreciation for them. To accomplish these tasks, students gain more competence and confidence in the use of increasingly complex functions of language, incorporating higher level skills in writing, reading, listening, speaking, and cultural understanding.
The Greece Central School District's Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program is designed to prepare students for not only high school, but for college and career as well.