What your child is learning
I want to develop skills in another language. Your child will continue in the language program they began in elementary school or discover a new language and culture of their choice in junior high. Students in bilingual programs continue in Chinese (Mandarin), German, Spanish or Ukrainian and take other courses in that language. Students in language and culture programs may continue in the language and culture they began in elementary school or study a new language and culture as a subject. Language and culture programming in Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Punjabi, Spanish and Ukrainian teaches the language and exposes students to the culture, broadening their understanding of the world. For more information, refer to the International Languages programs of study.
How your child is assessed
Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child. At the end of the course, your child is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.
Resources to help your child
A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.