World Languages


Standards Based Instruction

The focus of world language education in Boston Public Schools is standards-based and performance-based instruction using the ACTFL National Standards, the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Foreign Languages. Together these standards support second language learning and effectively guide world language instruction.

The modern languages taught in Boston Public Schools are Spanish, Mandarin, French, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, and German. Classical languages taught are Latin and Greek. American Sign Language is also offered.


Statement of Philosophy Standards for Foreign Language Learning

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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.

Five C's of World Languages


World Languages | 617-635-9659 | Julie Caldarone, Director of World Languages | jcaldarone@bostonpublicschools.org