For years, students at have alternated between a full immersion while learning Spanish and French during the school years. But come next fall, that may change as the Board of Education debates removing French from the World Language curriculum as only the incoming fourth and sixth graders would be enrolled in the course. If approved, students would model neighboring River Edge and only take Spanish.
"We have scheduling issues to set up the classes with the teachers to do both and most elementary schools make the commitment to teach one world language," Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Feiler said. "My recommendation is to restructure the world language instruction."
Originally, Oradell only offered French as its World Language curriculum but Spanish was added years later. Nowadays, students alternate each year between the two languages and during that specific language year all of the morning announcements along with classroom vocabulary are structured around that language.
"I'm recommending that we offer Spanish for all grades but fourth and sixth and that after next year all grades take Spanish," Feiler said. "The reason this came up is we were looking at the rooms for next year and its becoming a scheduling issue to move teachers and students around. That's the genesis for moving to one language."
If Oradell does decide to go forward with the move, students would be immersed in learning Spanish from kindergarten through sixth grade. Once they moved onto the they could continue Spanish or transfer to French. In they could also take Italian or Mandarin as well.
The Board of Eduation will continue discussing any changes to the World Language curriculum over the summer.