World Language

With great enthusiasm and highest expectations,
Welcomes you to our K-12 District Programs and Classes!

We are very pleased to offer the rewards of foreign language study as part of each child's comprehensive
education. Every student has the opportunity to benefit from a wide variety of individual study areas, which combine to contribute to a lifetime of intellectual growth, productivity, satisfaction, prosperity, and well-being.

Why study foreign and classical languages?
"Foreign language instruction should be a part of every child’s education…it is a culture, a way of thinking…a perspective on the world… a language opens the mind to new possibilities...language is the study of life, literature, history, and thought…it is nothing less than the study of our world and ourselves." Former Secretary of Education, Ron Paige

Research has shown that foreign language study:
• Enhances cognitive development, creativity, higher order thinking skills and academic achievement.
• Strengthens first language proficiency and improves memory, listening, and all communicative skills.
• Engenders positive attitudes toward linguistic and cultural diversity.
• Improves standardized test scores and casts favorable light on college admissions.
• Expands career opportunities in today's competitive, global, and increasingly technological society.
• Prepares students for success in our ever-evolving workplace where 21st Century skills are essential.

How do we accomplish all of this?
By combining the 5 C's of World Language study:
• Communication - Culture - Connections - Comparisons - Communities

with the 7 Cs of 21st Century Learning:
• Collection of Information - Collaboration - Communication - Creativity - Critical Thinking - Character - College and Career Preparation
And aligning to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, which focus upon:
• The four modalities of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
• The three modes of communication – interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.
• A balanced use of literary and informational texts.
• Writing to explain, persuade, and convey.
• Ensuring that all students are college-, career-, and world-ready.

How can we accomplish all this?

By being adventurous, attentive, communicative, cooperative, creative, expressive, industrious, inquisitive, meticulous, perceptive, reflective, respectful, sensitive, technological, tolerant, welcoming…
Foreign language study challenges the mind, spirit, and body simultaneously as it reveals new worlds!

Our secondary curriculum offers sequential courses in Spanish, French, and Latin.
French and Spanish represent the 2nd and 3rd most influential modern languages in the world after English.
Latin is their ever-present foundation stone and source of abundant cognates and linguistic treasure.

• Course levels typically run 1-5 AP/ECE with Honors credit in Spanish 2-3-4, French 2-3-4, & Latin 2-3-4.
• Middle school French or Spanish students may register for level 2 courses in 9th grade or elect Latin 1.
• Students wishing to learn a language not available here may apply to a program affiliated with Yale University.
• All courses feature modern texts with ample supporting instructional and technological resources.

English Language Learners (ELLs) receive specialized English literacy instructional support from ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers/tutors in mainstream and resource classes where they receive individual/small group assistance and guidance. At SHS, sheltered English & Am. History courses are taught.

For a complete description of course offerings, please access our district Program of Studies.

"Because the study of language and culture is inextricably intertwined, students of language and culture are better equipped to communicate with people in other cultures in a variety of settings, to look beyond their customary borders, and to act with greater awareness of self, of other cultures, and their own relationship to those cultures."

National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project