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World Languages Department

 
In today's global society, learning a second language is key to understanding other cultures and becoming a global citizen. In providing that opportunity for students, the GHS World Languages department offers programs in French, German and Spanish. Students can take regular or honors classes in all three languages as well as Level V AP classes. Our World Languages classes offer authentic learning experiences for each of the target languages through the four essential components of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Knowing a second language is a 21st century skill that gives students advantages in applying to colleges and for future career options. Most GHS students take 3-4 years of a World Language during high school; many even enroll in a second World Language. The WL department also offers student travel opportunities every year for authentic learning experiences. For the summer of 2023, there are two trips planned: one to Spain, and then a combined France and Germany trip. These trips allow students to enhance and expand on language and culture learned in the classroom.

Geneva High School is a Seal of Biliteracy school. We offer all juniors and seniors in levels IV and V of one of our World Languages classes the opportunity to take an exam to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy or the Commendation of Biliteracy recognition through the State of Illinois. The four components of the exam are: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This recognition goes on the student's diploma as well as their transcript, and signifies that they have obtained a high level of proficiency in English as well as another world language. Juniors and seniors who are heritage speakers or fluent in a language not offered at GHS may also take the Seal of Biliteracy exam to qualify, provided that their English proficiency levels are adequate as defined by the State of Illinois. Students may request that their future college/university translate the Seal or Commendation into course credit. 

Registration Information for the Seal of Biliteracy 2022-2023:
1) To register for the exam: Registration Form 
2) To pay for the exam ($25): PushCoin
The registration window is open from September 15 - October 7.

Testing Dates for 2022-2023:
1) Tuesday, February 7 - students will take the Reading and Listening tests in the World Languages classes.
2) Wednesday, February 8 (4:00-8:00 pm) OR Saturday, February 11 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) - students will complete the Speaking and Writing tests at Geneva High School
3) Retakes will occur during the week of March 20.

Please ask your World Language teacher any questions you have about registering, where to find more information, or any other questions regarding the testing. You may also email Jessie Egan (Department Chair) at [email protected] for more information. 
For information regarding approved assessments and qualifying scores, please head to ISBE's Seal of Biliteracy page.

Faculty

 
Jessie Egan
Department Chair
 
All emails followed by: @geneva304.org

French
Martha Behlow (mbehlow)
Stephanie Olson (solson)
 
German
Rene Swidenbank (rswidenbank)
Karen Kosog (kkosog)
 
Spanish 
Elyse Barron (ebarron)
Jessie Egan (jegan)
Lynn Fors (lfors)
Susannah Hamilton (shamilton)
Madison Joiner (mjoiner)
Jessica Lehan (jlehan)
Elizabeth Morrison (emorrison)
Joanna Parrin (jparrin)
Gina Thomas (gthomas)


 
 
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