Foreign Language Department
Bedford Academy offers two languages, Mandarin and Spanish
Mandarin is taught by Ms Luo
Mandarin language, also called Northern Chinese, Chinese (Pinyin) Guanhua (“Officials’ Language”), or (Wade-Giles romanization) Kuan-hua, the most widely spoken form of Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is spoken in all of China north of the Yangtze River and in much of the rest of the country and is the native language of two-thirds of the population.
Mandarin Chinese is often divided into four subgroups: Northern Mandarin, centering on Beijing and spoken in northern China and the Northeast provinces (Manchuria); Northwestern Mandarin, extending northward from the city of Baoji and through most of northwestern China; Southwestern Mandarin, centering on the area around Chongqing and spoken in Sichuan and adjoining parts of southwestern China; and Southern, or Lower Yangtze, Mandarin, in an area centered on Nanjing. Mandarin Chinese in the form spoken in and around Beijing forms the basis for Modern Standard Chinese—Guoyu, “National Language,” usually called putonghua “common language” by the Chinese. Modern Standard Chinese is also spoken officially on Taiwan.
Spanish is taught by Ms. Fordyce
Spanish Español, is considered to be one of the romance languages (Indo-European family) spoken as a first language by some 360 million people worldwide. In the early 21st century, Mexico had the greatest number of speakers (more than 85 million), followed by Colombia (more than 40 million), Argentina (more than 35 million), the United States (more than 31 million), and Spain (more than 30 million). Spanish is the (or an) official language of 18 American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela) as well as of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, along with Spain in Europe and Equatorial Guinea in Africa.
Students who have completed three years of high-school-level coursework in World Languages may be eligible to take the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Comprehensive exam for the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
LOTE administration is during the Spring semester of the school year.
The LOTE Comprehensive exam assesses students’ proficiency in the following ways:
- Have conversations in the language being tested
- Listen to the test administrator speak in the language being tested and answer multiple-choice questions
- Read a text in the language being tested (for example, a menu or poem) and answer multiple-choice questions
- Write two essays in the language being tested
How is the test scored?
Teachers use rubrics to score the Speaking and Writing sections of the exam. The Listening and Reading sections of the exam are multiple choice, and they are scanned and machine-scored. The final score is the sum of points earned on all four sections, and students pass the exam with a score of 65 or more out of 100.
How are the results reported?
The results of the LOTE Comprehensive exam are reported on a student’s transcript.
Scholars who go on to complete three years of high-school-level coursework in World Languages and pass the LOTE Comprehensive exam to fulfill the LOTE requirement for an Advanced Regents Diploma.