WORLD LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
The goals of all world language programs in Stafford County Public Schools are drawn from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning that focus on five aspects of foreign language learning: communication, cultures, comparisons, connections, and communities.
WL Mission Statement
The mission of the SCPS World Language Department is to develop learners into global citizens by encouraging the use of critical thinking skills to read, write, speak, and listen in the target language while learning about authentic cultural experiences.
- Provide equal access to language learners
- Encourage students to read, write, speak, and listen in the target language
- Explore a variety of world cultures
- Teach critical thinking and analysis skills
- Provide students with authentic resources for language learning
- Improve student achievement and language proficiency through skill-based learning
- Continue teacher professional development and learning opportunities
Meeting Students’ Needs
Students should consult with their parents and their school counselors to determine when they should begin their foreign language study. The choice of which language to study can be based on personal interests and goals.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- French, Spanish, German, Latin, and American Sign Language are offered in all high schools. The Advanced Diploma requires two years each of two different languages or a minimum of a three-year sequence in one language.
- World language study may begin in 6th grade (World Language Exploratory) and students may be granted a high school credit for world language courses completed in 8th grade.
- Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate World Language courses are available in high schools where the demand is of sufficient numbers.
Parents who have experience traveling or living in another country or who are bi-lingual are encouraged to share their experiences with students to help teachers demonstrate the real-life value of knowing a second language. Homework assignments may be in the form of written or oral practice. Encourage your child to speak the language at home!