World and Classical Languages Department Philosophy
We believe that language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. They allow us to relate meaningfully with one another. The goals of our instruction of world and classical languages department are to enable students to communicate effectively in the second language, to understand the cultures that support the language, to see connections between language study and other disciplines, and to appreciate what it means to be college-, career-, and world ready.
The world and classical languages classroom will provide an environment conducive to a successful language experience. A rich variety of standards- based strategies and resources will be utilized so that all students can experience both acquisition and learning. Instruction will include realistic and meaningful learning opportunities which provide challenging, engaging, and authentic activities that promote increased proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language.
As a result of our curriculum, instruction, and learning environment, District 203 students in world and classical languages will experience the utility and beauty of the language they study. They will recognize the benefits of reflection and continued learning. At each level, students will have the opportunity to develop increased proficiency in the target language and a deeper insight into their own language, while growing in their respect for the cultures and beliefs of others.