World Languages in our Schools
The study of World Languages takes on a variety of looks in Des Moines Schools.
Scattered among high schools and some middle schools, world languages offered are Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Heritage Spanish. Learning a world language leads students to be able to meet national standards in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as understand cultural differences and similarities between and among people in our country and across the globe.
In our International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, learning a world language and integrating it into other parts of learning in the IB programme are a natural part of language study.
Currently, five elementaries are PYP* IB schools:
Hubbell; Moore; Park Avenue; Stowe; and Walnut Street
Four middle schools are MYP* IB schools:
Brody; Goodrell; Meredith; Merrill
One high school, Hoover High School, offers world language study through MYP IB in Grades 9 and 10.
*PYP: Primary Years Programme
*MYP: Middle Years Programme
Part of the International Baccalaureate Mission Statement reads: "These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."
For all schools, proficiency scales were created by World Language leader and teacher teams using ACTFL national standards (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). In IB schools, care was taken to examine both IB scales and ACTFL standards in order to create meaningful World Language proficiency/topic scales. As well, for upper-level language study and Advanced Placement language courses, topic scales were created to reflect standards needed there.
What our World Languages website offers
Click on a tab above to see various World Language programs in elementary, middle, or high schools. There are proficiency/topic scales in each of the grade levels. Scales usually undergo yearly review/revision during summer by teams of language teachers and leaders.
In the last tab on the right, click to access the main DMPS grading website for complete information on DMPS standards-referenced learning and grading practices.