Welcome to World Language
VisionEmpower students to communicate in and connect to our complex world.
The Importance of Language in a Global Society
Due to increasing connectedness of international communities through perpetually changing media combined with the creation and rapid expansion of new environments, this generation of students must prepare for communication in contexts beyond those currently known. World Language education transcends the traditional expectations of communication to meet these challenges. Studying a World Language equips our students to effectively communicate with diverse audiences in boundless environments. Education in World Language prepares students to negotiate new ideas and knowledge and develop intercultural understanding as they encounter these new contexts. To navigate these expanded opportunities students must develop cultural awareness and linguistic skills. Research shows students who acquire a second language experience increased academic achievement, higher test scores, and enhanced cognitive skills (consult ACTFL or CAL for a list of related studies). Our WL teachers develop instruction to prepare students to live in such a multilingual and multicultural world.
More than eighty World Language teachers fulfill a wide variety of instructional roles across the district. WL educators are dedicated to providing authentic, relevant, and high-quality instruction with an emphasis on communication in the target language for real-world application. High schools and most middle schools throughout the district offer course progressions in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Outside the classroom, our dedicated WL teachers share their expertise and professional experiences by leading high-quality professional learning opportunities, participating in language tables outside of school, presenting at professional conferences, and much more!
World Language Professional Learning Opportunities
World Language 4th Tuesday4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bearden MSAugust 28, 2018September 25, 2018October 23, 2018January 22, 2019February 26, 2019March 26, 2019April 23, 2019District Learning DaysNovember 6, 2018 (location TBA)April 22, 2019 (location TBA)For additional professional learning strands, check MyLearningPlan.