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The standards for all world languages teachers and learners are:

  • Communication The communication standard stresses the use of language for e-communication in "real life" situations. It emphasizes "what students can do with language" rather than "what they know about language." Students are asked to communicate in oral and written form, interpret oral and written messages, show cultural understanding when they communicate, and present oral and written information to various audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Cultures Cultural understanding is an important part of world languages education. Experiencing other cultures develops a better understanding and appreciation of the relationship between languages and other cultures, as well as the student's native culture. Students become better able to understand other people's points of view, ways of life, and contributions to the world.
  • Connections World languages instruction must be connected with other subject areas. Content from other subject areas is integrated with world language instruction through lessons that are developed around common themes.
  • Comparisons Students are encouraged to compare and contrast languages and cultures. They discover patterns, make predictions, and analyze similarities and differences across languages and cultures. Students often come to understand their native language and culture better through such comparisons.
  • Communities Extending learning experiences from the world language classroom to the home and multilingual and multicultural community emphasizes living in a global society. Activities may include: field trips, use of e-mail and the World Wide Web, clubs, exchange programs and cultural activities, school-to-work opportunities, and opportunities to hear speakers of other languages in the school and classroom.
 

Our course offering and goals for classes:

The first two years of language study are devoted to acquiring the skills of daily communication, grammar, reading and writing, as well as an understanding of the culture.

The advanced levels (3, AP, IB HL 1 and IB HL2)  include more comprehensive oral responses, more academic language, presentational language  and a more intent study of the literature and values of the target cultures.

The Native / Fluent Speaker program

The ability to communicate with people from many different countries in an increasingly global economy has many advantages, including personal satisfaction and professional rewards. Whether in the public sector, private industry, or a service profession, knowing a second language is truly a remarkable skill that gives one an advantage when applying to many job opportunities. All world language classes require daily homework and frequent exams.

Languages offered:

  • Spanish 1 - IB
  • French 1 to IB HL2
  • Latin
  • Chinese (online)

Extracurricular:

  • Bilingual Guitar Club
  • Spanish Conversation Class
  • Spanish National Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica - AATSP)
  • National French Honor Society
  • Experiential trips abroad like the one to Cuba

 

Benefits of Language Learning:

Cognitive advantages:
    • With less than 20% of Americans speaking another language, being bilingual gives you a serious advantage on the job market. The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies did a study in 2012 that found bilingual Latinos in New York City earning approximately $15,000 more annually than Latinos who only spoke English. Another estimate put the value of speaking a second language at $128,000 over 40 years. Not to mention it makes you more valuable to your employer and more likely to be sent on overseas assignments.
    • Salary.com found that jobs where employees were required to speak more than one language paid 5-20% more per hour. In another study, MIT economist Albert Saiz reported that bilingual college graduates earn 2% higher wages on average, which The Economistbelieves can add up to an additional $67,000 in savings by retirement for this people.
    • Bilingualism is Highly Valued on the Job Market
    • Knowing another language makes your resume stand out in a huge pool of job applicants. National and multinational organizations of all types have a need for multilingual professionals and being one of them makes you a more versatile and highly valued employee.
    • CNN recently reported that jobs in the field of translation are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States, with an anticipated 25,000 job openings by 2020.
    • Being Bilingual Opens Up Interesting Cultural and Social Opportunities.
    • When it comes to traveling, speaking the local language creates a much more immersive and authentic experience. You'll be able to talk directly with the locals, rent local apartments, bargain in the language (and get better deals), order the right food, and ask for directions when you get lost. Everything becomes more seamless… and more fun!
    • You're able to truly connect with people by having an elaborate conversation with them in their native language.
    • Speaking Another Language Boosts Long-Term Neurological Health Countless studies have also found that bilingual people develop dementia an average of 4.5 years later than older people who speak only one language. It doesn't prevent the disease, but the extra "gray matter" from the ACC compensates for the neural deterioration. Another study of 600 stroke survivors in India showed that bilinguals recovered twice as fast as monolinguals. It's also been documented that bilingual people have better planning and problem-solving skills overall.
 
Job Related benefits
  • Creates greater sensitivity to language and a better ear for listening
  • Improves a student's understanding of his/her native language
  • Leaves students with more mental flexibility, critical thinking and creativity
  • Enriches and enhances mental development
 
Positive effect on intellectual growth and academic achievement
    • You become smarter - it improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.  Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.
    • You build multitasking skills - Multilingual people are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing, and structure. According to a study from the Pennsylvania State University, this “juggling” skill makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between different structures.
    • Your memory improves -  Learning a language involves memorising rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” This exercise improves overall memory, which means that multiple language speakers are better at remembering lists or sequences. Studies show that bilinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.
    • You become more perceptive - A study from Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra revealed that multilingual people are better at observing their surroundings. They are more adept at focusing on relevant information and editing out the irrelevant. They’re also better at spotting misleading information.
    • Your decision-making skills improve - According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Any language contains nuance and subtle implications in its vocabulary, and these biases can subconsciously influence your judgment. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.
    • You improve your English - Learning a foreign language draws your focus to the mechanics of language: grammar, conjugations, and sentence structure. This makes you more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated. These skills can make you a more effective communicator and a sharper editor and writer. Language speakers also develop a better ear for listening, since they’re skilled at distinguishing meaning from discrete sounds.