Foreign Language Department
Here at Miami Central we offer students the ability to choose three different languages to further their education. Students have the choice of Spanish, French, and American Sign Language.
In this course, the student is introduced to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed. Cultural readings and videos are included in each lesson giving the student additional opportunity to utilize the target vocabulary and grammar in classroom conversation.
Skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing are further developed in this course. The intermediate level places special emphasis on classroom discussion and on compositions of greater length. Cultural material introduced serves a dual purpose. Authentic short films, magazine articles, short stories and poems take the student to a deeper level of cultural understanding. These resources provide ample stimulus for discussion and composition allowing the student to utilize new and acquired vocabulary and grammar structures.
An introduction to basic French language, history, and culture through a balanced four-skills approach to learning through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Multimedia resources, interactive language programs, videos, and the Internet will be used.
American Sign Language
Everyday communication is the centerpiece of every lesson. Topics revolve around sharing information about our environment and us. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on developing question and answering skills. Students learn conversational strategies to help maintain a conversation. Interaction activities allow students to rehearse what they have learned.
In addition, students will add to their knowledge several kinds of lessons: functional (conversational or narrative), skill building, comprehension, cultural and review. The functional lessons introduce vocabulary and key grammar structures through the use of key dialogues or narratives. Skill building lessons focus on practicing detailed language features that support students’ general ASL production, such as various number types, expanded finger spelling practice, space and semantic use of agreement or spatial verbs, use of negation signs. The comprehension lessons use stories to expand students’ skills to process and figure meanings from larger chunks of signed information. The culture lessons focus on behaviors and knowledge that enable students to act in appropriate linguistic and social ways, and to gain more cultural insight on the Deaf community.