The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk LOTE Department provides students with instruction to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultures of countries whose languages they are learning. They will develop a greater proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing at each level of the language.
Countries in the world have become more and more
interdependent, and new technologies have erased many existing borders.
Foreign Language instruction is more important than ever for our students
and for linking them with the rest of the world in order to be able to
function in today’s continually shrinking world. With continued advancement
in technology, international travel, telecommunications and trade; it is
essential for our students to be culturally educated and capable of
participating in a global society.
New York State mandates that all students earn at least
one unit of credit in a Language Other Than English (Foreign Language).
Passing the LOTE course and the New York State Proficiency exam or an
approved school final exam at the end of 8th grade awards the mandatory unit
of credit toward a high school diploma. Those students who do not pass the
New York State Proficiency exam at the end of 8th grade must pass a high
school course in order to earn the mandatory one unit of credit. In order to
receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction with the Foreign
Language component requires the successful completion of the LOTE sequence
(Spanish/French 3) and passing the New York State Regents exam or an
approved school final exam at the end of 10th grade.