A three-year sequence of extracurricular classes (after-school, online, and summer) is offered to students (grades K-12) from participating districts. For more information click here.
The Language and Culture Resource Center offers K-12 exploratory world language programs in formats that respond to district needs. Districts can invite BOCES teachers to offer elementary programs during the school day or after school. Districts can also invite students to participate in after-school, online, and summer programs.
The purpose of these exploratory programs is to increase the students' interest in other languages and cultures. Each course is activity-based, incorporating cultural components such as music, art, stories, foods, and games.
Young Scholars Foreign Language Option
An early introduction to a foreign language is a perfect match for students with strong language skills. The Young Scholars Foreign Language Option can be designed based on a district's preferences. For example, a language and culture program that includes an introduction to Mandarin Chinese and a Socratic seminar focusing on the Silk Road is one possibility. Content-based immersion courses in Spanish and French can also be developed. On-line options created to match the interests of individuals and small groups can also be explored.
After-school language programs typically meet two hours/week during a portion of the school year. Week-long summer programs typically meet a few hours/day. Combine the two to provide year-round opportunities for your students. Because these are enrichment courses, school districts receive BOCES aid toward a portion of the cost of the program.
Click here to view the Summer Language and Culture Program video.
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Give students the opportunity to learn Less Commonly Taught Languages – such as Mandarin Chinese – online through Distance Learning.
WSWHE BOCES Itinerant Services makes it possible for districts to share the salary and benefits of a foreign language teacher and generate BOCES Aid. This is a perfect way for smaller language programs – including those focusing on Less Commonly Taught Languages and Foreign Languages in the Elementary School – to survive and thrive.
Travel Opportunities for Students
Not enough students in your district to take a group trip that supports your language curriculum? Consider partnering with other districts to make these types of trips possible. Contact us to find possible travel partners.
Enrich your school by participating in student and teacher exchange programs. Contact us to learn about available opportunities.
Support for Heritage Speakers
Are you searching for ways to help the students in your district who speak languages other than English maintain their language abilities and acquire literacy skills in their home language? Contact us to find out about resources that may be helpful.
Exploring other languages and cultures is one of the most effective means of helping students embrace diversity. For districts interested in offering a program that focuses explicitly on diversity, a workshop can be designed to complement your program.
Please contact us if you have any questions:
Kim Wegner, Lead Coordinator for Innovative Programs
Ballard Road Conference Center
267 Ballard Road, Suite 5
Wilton, NY 12831
Phone: (518) 581-3580