Why Learn a World Language?
The world is full of different languages and different cultures. You do not have to venture very far from your own front door to see their influences. Just think how many more people and places you could get to know if you could speak another language.
For students, languages give a competitive edge. In today’s global economy more and more businesses are working closely with companies in other countries. These companies need workers who can communicate in different languages and who understand different cultures. No matter what career you choose; a second language is beneficial. A person who knows more than one language can work with many more people and in many more places than someone who knows only one language.
Languages provide us with an insider’s view to other cultures and they also help us to better understand our own. Your ability to talk to others and gather information beyond the world of English will enhance your life as a citizen of the world.
Learning a language is not just learning vocabulary and grammar. It is learning new sounds, expressions, and ways of seeing things; it is learning how to function in another culture. Which language should you take? There is no one answer to that question. Whatever language you choose, learning it will make a difference in how you see the world and in how the world sees you.
Freshmen admission standards for most public Baccalaureate College and Universities in the State of Washington include a two-year world language requirement. The two years must be devoted to a single world language and must be in sequence with no repetition of any prior term of study and without a reduction in what would normally be a full second year of study. Any natural language that has been formally studied may be used to satisfy this requirement including American Sign Langue (ASL) and language no longer spoken such as Greek and Latin. However, neither computer language nor forms of sign language other then ASL or acceptable as entrance fulfillment at most colleges.
*Some information provided by the Modern Language Association
Grades 10-12 in the North Kitsap School District
The learning expectations of the NKHS World Language Department, in line with the state frameworks and national standards, focus on oral proficiency in the target language, emphasizing the four basic skills of language development: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, students are exposed to the culture of the language being studied; they learn to appreciate differences/similarities between their culture and the language being studied.
At NKHS students have a choice of language study: Spanish, French, German, Japanese or a language completed on the DLC. There are multiple skill levels for each language, including offering Advanced Placement coursework. It is hoped that students will take advantage of the course offerings as electives and go beyond the proficient level, to attain fluency in a second language.