The knowledge of a foreign language is a universal tool that opens gateways to human understanding and presents a new approach to dealing with everyday realities of life. The study of a foreign language and the culture for which it is the vehicle sensitizes students to the reality of cultural differences and similarities. Thus, a full and rich experience in the learning of a foreign language develops understanding of and appreciation for people of differing cultures. Individuals who effectively communicate in more than one language, with an appropriate understanding of cultural contexts, are globally literate and possess the attributes reflected in the mission and vision for world languages education:
Mission: The study of another language and culture enables individuals, whether functioning as citizens or workers, to communicate face-to-face and by
virtual means in appropriate ways with people from diverse cultures.
Vision: An education in world languages fosters a population that:
- Communicates in more than one language with the levels of language
proficiency that are required to function in a variety of occupations and careers in the contemporary workplace.
- Exhibits attitudes, values, and skills that indicate a positive disposition and understanding of cultural differences and that enhance cross-cultural communication.
- Values language learning as a global literacy as well as for its long-term worth in fostering personal, work-related, and/or financial success in
our increasingly interconnected world.
Students should be provided the means to pursue foreign language study to the extent that their interests and abilities permit. An effective world language curriculum recognizes individual differences in learning patterns and abilities and tailors courses to students with diverse needs and interests. Thus, we endeavor to provide a comprehensive and coordinated Spanish Curriculum that is a rewarding and satisfying experience for each learner.