Foreign Language Department
Outsourced Foreign Language High School Credits
Christian International School of Prague aims to offer as many high school foreign language classes as possible so that our students will be equipped to fulfill the school’s vision and the philosophy of the foreign language department.
Being limited by space, staff, scheduling issues, and money, CISP is not always able to provide a wide selection of language courses within the school. Some students want to learn more than one foreign language (FL) or want to learn languages not offered at CISP. Yet we still want to enable our students to gain their two required high school foreign language credits through different esteemed institutions in Prague under the supervision and guidance of the CISP foreign language department head (DH).
Students may choose out of these languages at the below mentioned institutions. We intentionally limit the institutions to those that set standards for international testing and language program development in their languages. Private tutors are strongly discouraged.
Only in cases of “exotic” languages, they might be permitted.
French – Institut Francais Prague - http://www.ifp.cz/
Italian – Istituto Italiano di Cultura - http://www.iicpraga.esteri.it/
German – Goethe Institut - http://www.goethe.de/ins/cz/pra/deindex.htm
Spanish – Instituto Cervantes - http://praga.cervantes.es/cz/
Russian – Ruské středisko vědy a kultury v Praze - http://rsvk.cz/kurzy/
Chinese (Mandarin) – Chinese Point – www.chinesepoint.cz
Other languages only upon discussion and permission of the foreign language department Head.
Through the Outsourced Foreign Language High School Credits option, students may earn not only the knowledge, but also the high school credits for studying the languages that interest them. A student could, for example, study one FL at CISP and one at the other recommended institution.
On the final transcript from CISP, the student would have both languages mentioned including the grade and equivalent of credits earned.
To earn one FL outsourced credit the student must:
1. Submit a complete Request for Outsourced Foreign Language High School Credit form by 1 October to the FL DH.
2. Attend at least 120 forty-five minute classes (30 weeks x 4 classes) at the chosen institution.
3. Periodically submit their coursework to the DH to demonstrate effort and progress.
4. Pass a semester or end-of-year test.
5. The earned final grade or the average of accumulated grades will be
on the student’s CISP transcript.
Each student is responsible to talk to the FL DH about his or her intention to gain Outsourced Foreign Language High School Credits prior submitting the request. The DH will be able to advise the student and help him or her navigate through the process.
CISP is not responsible for the student’s learning progress and academic outcomes in those course that are taken at outside institutions. However, the DH will check on the student’s progress during the semester by seeing the student’s work (worksheets, textbooks, workbooks, progress test, etc.).
We are aware that some institutions run by semesters and some by trimesters. For this reason, we do not strictly expect that students be tested by the end of CISP’s semesters, but allow grades to be submitted at a later time, e.g. in the fall the following year, depending on the schedule of the outside institution. Requirements will be arranged on an individual basis with the FL DH.
Evaluation of the student’s progress will happen once or twice a year, as agreed with the DH at the beginning of the school year. The DH will make all effort to find a professional teacher or a native speaker (supervisor) of the language the student studies to prepare/write, administer, and score an exam/test based on the DH-approved curriculum from the language school. In the case that we cannot find a suitable supervisor for the test, we will accept the grade evaluation done by the language school where the student takes classes. For the purpose of testing, we follow the CEFR level standards ( https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/level-descriptions). We also use as much as possible standardized tests at those levels or a test a supervising language professional prepares. The tests include listening, reading comprehension, writing, and speaking.
The cost of gaining outsourced credits is not included in the CISP tuition. Students must pay separately for the classes and all materials and resources required by the language institutions.
The student must be proactive about seeking out the DH during the semester to show his or her continuous language progress. The DH is not responsible for ensuring the student’s progress or supervising the student’s preparation for the exams.