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World Language Program

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

—Flora Lewis

Our Program Goal:

In addition to proficiency in English Language Arts, every student will graduate with intermediate level proficiency in at least one other world language.

HCPSS Beliefs and Values Around Language Learning:

  1. Language is best learned in an immersion setting
  2. Language function takes precedent over language form
  3. Language learning should begin as early as possible
  4. Language learning should be available to all students
  5. Language learners are diverse and grow at varying rates in their language learning
  6. Language learning aligns with 21st century skills and contributes to college and career readiness
  7. Language skills are best measured by proficiency level

Program Overview

This program focuses on developing and implementing a rigorous Pre-K–12 world language instructional program and providing equitable access to rigorous coursework in world languages. The Word Language program is designed to prepare school system graduates to thrive in a dynamic world through cultural understanding and becoming proficient in the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target languages they study.

Program Purpose

The World Language Program prepares students to participate in a multilingual environment that values other cultures. Our purpose is to provide World Language instruction to students in grades K through 12 in alignment with the Maryland State Curriculum, the ACTFL Standards for Language Learning, and the school system’s focus on increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college and careers.

Pre-K-5 WoRLD (World-Readiness through Language Development) Program

Pre-K-5 WoRLD Program is the HCPSS daily, World Language instructional program for students in grades Pre-K to 5. Elementary students learn the target language through the five C’s: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as outlined by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Standards for Foreign Language Education. The program is a sequential language learning experience, building toward language proficiency while exploring the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students receive 30 minutes of daily instruction in Spanish in an immersion setting. The goal of the program is to build communicative skills in the target language while making interdisciplinary connections. This program is currently being piloted at the following elementary schools: Bryant Woods, Ducketts Lane, Laurel Woods, Phelps Luck, Running Brook, Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Waverly.

Secondary Content Instruction

The World Language Program provides world readiness by preparing students to participate in a multilingual environment that values other cultures, with the goal of developing functional proficiency in world language. Instruction is offered in seven modern and classical languages, along with American Sign Language. The World Language Program incorporates a proficiency-based curriculum that enables students to use the world language in real life situations in an immersion setting. World Language teachers leverage the power of technology and engaging resources to meet the needs of their diverse learners.