World Languages Department
The philosophy of the World Languages Department is to highlight the importance and use of other world languages here and abroad, currently and previously in history, while showing students that a language is a part of culture and culture is part of a language and that neither aspect is independent nor can it remain stagnant, but evolves over time The World Languages Department makes available to students several world languages to choose from. Currently, the World Languages Department offers 4 levels of Spanish, 4 levels of Latin, 4 levels of French and 2 levels of American Sign Language.
Although not currently spoken in a country or by a group of people, Latin has been crucial in the development of some of the most widely spoken languages around the world. It is a key component and the main ingredient of Romance Languages and an important factor in the English language. Likewise, some of the archaic writings and historical scripts still used today were written in Latin, and its cultural importance has influenced the way millions of people communicate, worship, and live around the world.
In Spanish, we expose students to the daily use of the language in the many spanish-speaking countries and territories in Latin America and the world. As well as exposing students to the grammar that unites these countries and territories under one language, our goal is to introduce students to the diversity in cultures and lifestyles that make each place or area unique. Literature, films, classroom activities, lectures, presentations, and essays will immerse students in the common language and highlight the cultural differences within the Spanish-speaking world. We hope that the exposure to the language and cultures of the spanish-speaking world in the classroom will encourage students to one day travel abroad and continue their lifelong learning of Spanish and the many cultures that surround this language as the Hispanic population in the US continues to grow and Latin American countries evolve into key economic markets of the 21st century.
Objectives/Goals of the World Languages Department:
Listening: To be able to follow teacher lectures, class discussions, and o be able to comprehend radio and television media.
Reading: To introduce literature, cultural and historical textbooks written in target language, and passages from periodicals.
Writing: To be able to write compositions, longer and more involved free writing assignments, written answers to textbook questions, and literature assignments.
Speaking: To place emphasis on self-expression in the classroom though discussions of reading assignments and other topics.Culture: To study the history and culture of different countries and consider contemporary political and social issues through the use of periodicals and mass media.