Philosophy

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical. Children who come to school from non-English backgrounds should also have opportunities to develop further proficiencies in their first language (Philosophy/Standards for Foreign Language Learning, extracted from ACTFL website on March 2015)

Besides, research indicates the most successful language learning takes place between birth and age ten to twelve. At this young age, the child will have an easier time of learning and retaining the language. 

When children study world language, they develop higher cognitive thinking skills. Foreign language study helps students gain a better understanding of the grammar/ structure of their native language. As a result they usually perform better on standardized tests (Terra Nova, HSP/AT, SAT, ACT). 

Two or three years of world language study in high school do not always provide fluency in a world language. Fluency will more likely be reached if the child has started world language learning much earlier and continues to advanced levels in high school. 
Study of a world language creates citizens who will learn to accept, understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures. Thinking globally will help to promote world peace. 

In our global society, as the world becomes more interdependent, students’ knowledge of world language is crucial for expanded career opportunities. It will also aid in developing responsible citizens of the world community and bring us closer to realizing the Kingdom of God on earth.