There is a growing awareness in our global environment of the advantages of being able to function proficiently in a world language. The rate at which second-language proficiency is being viewed as a social and occupational survival skill is increasing rapidly: it is already valued highly by those addressing our nation’s political, economic, and social agendas.
The study of modern and classical world languages is oriented to helping students use language for meaningful purposes to function effectively in both oral and written forms, while maintaining a degree of accuracy necessary for clear communication of ideas. Although the goals of the program include attaining a measurable degree of competency in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, the first priority is communication of ideas.
The natural articulation for 2015-16 in the Honors series is: Level One, Honors Level Two, Honors Level Three, Honors Level Four, AP French, German or Spanish. The non-Honors series for the same languages continues from Level One, Level Two, Level Three, and concludes with Level IV. The articulation of our Latin program is: Level One, Level Two Honors, Level Three Honors and concludes with Level 4 Honors. Most students have the option to begin to study German, Spanish and French in 8th grade and Latin in 9th grade. It is possible that a student might move from the Honors series to the non-Honors series, or visa versa, depending on specific criteria defined by the World Language department.