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Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Dr. Jon Valentine Director

(678) 301-7308

Description of Program

The goals of the foreign language program in Gwinnett County schools are to:


  • Address individual student needs and afford all students the opportunity to learn how to communicate in another language.
  • Provide students the opportunity to achieve a high level of proficiency by offering a variety of languages in an articulated sequence beginning in elementary and/or middle school.
  • Incorporate a variety of technologies to enhance communication and allow for direct connection to the target language and culture.


  • Develop an understanding of the diverse perspectives, practices, and products of cultures in an international community.


  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and provide access to resources unique to the target language and culture.


  • Expand students’ knowledge of their own language and culture through the study of another.


  • Expose students to academic and career opportunities in global society and to promote lifelong learning.

In meeting these goals, various models of foreign language programs exist in Gwinnett schools. At the elementary level, schools that offer foreign language provide exploratory models in order to raise students’ awareness of other languages and cultures. In addition, schools that offer a dual language immersion model engage 2-teacher teams (one English and one foreign language speaking) to collaborate and deliver AKS content 50% of the day in English and 50% of the day in the foreign language. At the middle school level, most schools offer introductory courses in the Connections block, and most offer sequential one, two, or three year programs that meet high school-level Carnegie unit Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) for the target language studied. Gwinnett's high schools offer programs of study in the following languages: French, German, Latin, Spanish, and Spanish for Native Speakers. Contact your local school to find out which languages are offered at your school.


Core Materials

Foreign Languages

Spanish Connections
     Espanol Santillana 1A - Santillana
Spanish I
     Avancemos! Level 1 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Spanish II
     Avancemos! Level 2 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Spanish III
     Avancemos! Level 3 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Spanish IV/V
     Asi se dice! Level 4 - McGraw-Hill\
AP Spanish
     Abriendo paso Temas y lecturas - Pearson
AP Spanish Literature
     Abriendo puertas Ampliando perspectivas - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Spanish for Native Speakers I
     Avancemos! Level 3 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Spanish for Native Speakers II
     Avancemos! Level 4 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
French Connections
     Exploring French - EMC Publishing
French I
     D'accord! Level 1 - Vista
French II
     D'accord! Level 2 - Vista
French III
     D'accord! Level 3 - Vista
French IV/V
     Face-a-face - Vista
AP French
     Interaction - National Geographic/Cengage
German Connections
     Exploring German - EMC Publishing
German I
     Portfolio Deutsch Level 1 - Klett Langenscheidt
German II
     Portfolio Deutsch Level 2 - Klett Langenscheidt
German III
     Mosaik Level 3 - Vista
German IV/V
     Denk Mal! - Vista
AP German
     Denk Mal! - Vista
Latin I
     Cambridge Latin Course, Unit One
Latin II
     Cambridge Latin Course, Unit Two
Latin III
     Cambridge Latin Course, Unit Three
Latin IV/V
     Ovid: Amores, Metamorphoses Selecctions - Bolchazy-Carducci
     Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration - Bolchazy-Carducci
AP Latin
     Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 - Bolchazy-Carducci
     A Call to Conquest - Pearson
Chinese I
     Discovering Chinese, Volume 1 and 2 - Better Chinese
Chinese II
     Discovering Chinese, Volume 3 and 4 - Better Chinese
Chinese III
     Modern Chinese, Level 2A - Better Chinese
Chinese IV/V
     Modern Chinese, Level 2B - Better Chinese


Dr. Jon Valentine,Director

Dr. Jon Valentine, Director

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