World Languages

Students taking a foreign language are expected to develop an understanding of the language and the people of a culture different from their own.

Through foreign language study, students are encouraged to view another culture as valuable in itself and worthy to be accepted on its own terms. In their foreign language courses, students will increase their knowledge and appreciation of the existing diversity among the world’s peoples. Ultimately, armed with this broader world view, they will gain a greater understanding of their own culture and of themselves.

Sustained by a respect for the fundamental role of the family, students will broaden their knowledge of families throughout the world. They will share ideas and interact with other students through activities which foster communication and emphasize basic cognitive, creative, analytical, technological and social skills.

Finally, through the thoughtful expression of ideas and collaboration within the framework of the foreign language course, students will begin to reflect on the larger issues of justice and human dignity in the family, the school, the community, the nation and the world.

Department Goals

The students will:

  • Engage in the study of the sound and structure of a foreign language, using the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, to attain an appropriate level of mastery of the language.
  • Communicate at an appropriate level in the target language through regular conversation, presentations and written work.
  • Learn to interpret the language and its literature at an appropriate level through repeated listening drills and reading in the target language.
  • Learn to appreciate and understand the history, geography and culture of those who speak Spanish or French.
  • Learn to appreciate the similarities and differences among our varied cultures and the part language plays in promoting mutual cooperation and understanding.
  • Reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the study of foreign language.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and structure of language by comparing the language studied to their own.
  • Use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

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