Mission Statement

  • The mission of the world language program is to develop students' ability to understand, communicate in and appreciate other languages and cultures as life-long learners. This is accomplished by engaging students in a variety of meaningful linguistic and cultural experiences.

    The World Language Program provides a sequence of study for students to:

    • acquire listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking skills in French and Spanish 
    • gain an appreciation of the countries, their people, literature, and fine arts
    • learn to study languages independently 
    • feel enabled to continue advanced world language study in college and/or work in an international environment

    World Language Belief Statements

    We believe that:

    • All children should have the opportunity to learn a world language.
    • All students who study world language should have opportunities to be challenged and to be successful. 
    • An early and long sequence of world language instruction is important for the development of language proficiency.
    • World language education will help students to participate more fully in the global community and marketplace as responsible world citizens.
    • World language education helps students to develop insight into their own language and culture and others.
    • The world language program should provide rich cultural experiences that encompass the five C's of world language education:  Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and  Communities.
    • World language learning at all levels should provide meaningful experiences using the language for communication.
    • Varied activities allow for students with different learning styles to progress.
    • Contact with target countries for the purpose of communication and cultural experiences is valuable.
    • World language education should emphasize meaningful activities using authentic materials and resources from the target cultures.
    • Integration of other curricular areas into world language instruction is valuable.
    • All skill areas, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture, should be practiced and assessed at each level.

Curriculum Documents