Subject: ACE Courses – Report
From: ACE Ad-Hoc Committee (I. Marchegiani, M. Turan, S. Jourdain, N. Rzhevsky)
Date: February 13, 2011
Districts and Schools Currently Collaborating with Stony Brook:
Half Hollow Hills Central School District
Half Hollow Hills High School East
Half Hollow Hills High School West
Smithtown Central School District
Smithtown High School West
Smithtown High School East
Three Village Central School District
Ward Melville High School
The districts and the schools were selected from several interested in a partnership with Stony Brook. These districts were chosen due to their high standards, their commitment to language teaching, the competency of their LOTE chairs, and the caliber of their classroom teachers. The ACE directors have been involved in observing student teachers in these districts and therefore have seen the classes on a first-hand basis.
Half Hollow Hills: Italian: 19
Smithtown : French: 26 Italian: 90
Three Village: French: 28 Italian: projected for 2011-2012
French 4 equivalent of FRN 112
French 5 equivalent of FRN 211
French D equivalent of FRN 211
French AP equivalent of FRN 212
Italian 4 equivalent of ITL 211
College Italian equivalent of ITL 212
Each school was required to present a detailed syllabus of each course, including text names, evaluation techniques, and teaching strategies. The proposed instructors were required to present recent resumes including their involvement in professional organizations.
An ad hoc committee composed of SBU faculty was created to evaluate the courses and proposed instructors for each course. The submitted materials were evaluated by the committee and compared to syllabi and practices of the courses that are taught on campus. A major concern was that the methodology used to teach the high school classes mirror that of SBU. At SBU our methods are aligned with the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) guidelines and use the communicative method of teaching. The committee held to this criterion in evaluating the programs and in selecting those to join ACE.
Brief description of ACTFL guidelines:
Based upon evaluative reports from the ACE directors, programs will be reaccepted or rejected for the following academic year. If a program does not meet the required criteria, or if the instructor needs to be changed, the program director will be informed and the necessary changes will be suggested. Programs that do not meet SBU criteria will not be granted the right to assign credits.
Initial meetings with the Department Chairs in each district established the proposed courses and expectations from SBU.
It was determined that at least one meeting per semester would take place between the teachers and chairs in the districts and the ACE directors at Stony Brook in order to eliminate any problems or difficulties.
December 7, 2010 – 1st Meeting Summary
The Committee determined that the SBU ACE directors would observe the classes in each high school at least once per semester.
Teachers were advised individually of the expected scope and content of the courses, as well as to of the methodology that was to be followed and ACTFL guidelines.
The ACE courses have been organized with various goals in mind:
The success of this new program is already evidenced by the high enrollments from each school. In addition, a number of high schools in both Nassau and Suffolk counties have contacted ELLC, SBU, and ACE seeking to add our program to their curriculum offerings. Private conversations with the ACE directors at LOTE conferences and workshops have revealed the strong interest of teachers involved in foreign language study. Requests have also been made to add German and Latin to our offerings (these requests are also from districts who have piloted the program this year).
We believe that with the right resources, and with the organization (enrolment system online, committee evaluation of courses and teachers, specified course equivalents, etc.) now in place, the number of students in ACE courses can increase and benefit both education on Long Island and at the university itself.