Filipino Language Programs
Filipino - FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School)
Students in Filipino FLES develop competency in Filipino in addition to becoming fully proficient in English. This program is designated for students who are speakers of Filipino as well as all other students, including English Learners who would like to learn Filipino.
Instruction in Filipino may vary from 30 to 60 minutes per day, three to five days per week and is delivered by a language-proficient classroom teacher. The curriculum contains a strong Filipino-American cultural content and standards-based instruction in the Filipino language taught in meaningful contexts. Additional instructional support is provided for students who enter the FLES pathway in the upper elementary grades. Classes participate frequently in cultural activities of the Filipino community in San Francisco.
Filipino FLES Schools:
Bessie Carmichael School K-5
Longfellow Elementary School K-5
Filipino Secondary World Language Program
Students in Secondary World Language Filipino develop communication skills in Filipino through listening, reading, writing, and speaking activities. In the intermediate class (Filipino 3) students use authentic or level-appropriate texts that illustrate the skills needed in the effective use of Filipino: paglalahad (defining and explaining); paglalarawan (describing a person, place, or feelings); pagsasalaysay (narrating a story or incident); and pangangatwiran (reasoning). The concrete and abstract vocabulary of the student is also expanded through sample dialogues and short essays. Other lesson components include: the study of grammatical structures (specifically the complex affix system); doing a role-play; listening, and writing a short dialogue (eight lines) or a short paragraph (four to five sentences).
This program is designed for all students: speakers of Filipino as their heritage language, native English speakers, and English Learners, including students who were enrolled in the Filipino FLES Pathway. The curriculum integrates the teaching of the Filipino language and Filipino American culture to promote meaningful communication.
Secondary World Language Schools:
Balboa High School