7th & 8th Grade World Languages


"The World brought to you by the World Language Educators of the Livonia Public Schools."

Welcome,

World languages is the study of languages and cultures.  Learners develop the ability to communicate interlinguistically and interculturally and gain insight into themselves and others.  They acquire knowledge of the structure and function of languages and societies.  Studying languages provides learners with access to the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a global community, marketplace, and workplace.

7th and 8th Grade

  • World Language Adventures. Fasten your seat belts, adventurers! Take the role of a world explorer as you journey through four different languages and cultures: French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Earn your passports as you learn basic words and phrases while engaging in games and projects. Interact with your classmates in other languages while having the time of your life!

    This course will introduce you to the four world language options while providing the essential building blocks for success to meet the two-year world language graduation requirement. However, the class will not earn a credit toward the requirement. Discover the traveler in you in this exciting exploration of world languages and cultures!

8th Grade

  • French 1.  This is a year long (two semester) course.  Successful completion of French 1 will enable students to take French 2 (second year French) in 9th grade and will earn them one credit (out of two credits) needed for high school graduation.
  • German 1.  This is a year long (two semester) course.  Successful completion of German 1 will enable students to take German 2 (second year German) in 9th grade and will earn them one credit (out of two credits) needed for high school graduation.
  • Spanish 1.  This is a year long (two semester) course.  Successful completion of Spanish 1 will enable students to take Spanish 2 (second year Spanish) in 9th grade and will earn them one credit (out of two credits) needed for high school graduation.

Note to Parents

  1. The Michigan State Board of Education expects all students, beginning with the high school graduating class of 2016, to complete two credits of a world language (same world language for two credits) other than English prior to graduation, or demonstrate a two-year equivalent proficiency.
  2. Beginning with the high school graduating class of 2016, one credit,of the high school world language requirement needed for high school graduation can be earned at the middle school.
  3. Please see the Michigan Merit Curriculum PDF files Credit/Experience Guidelines and Standards and Benchmarks (below) for additional information.

The following chart depicts two options available to LPS students for acquiring the two credits of world language required for graduation beginning with the graduating class of 2016.

Two Options for World Language

Option 1

One credit of World Language - French 1 or Spanish 1 or German 1 - in 8th Grade

One additional credit of the same World Language in High School

Option 2

No World Language in middle school

Two credits of the same World Language in High School