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LHS World Languages Department Philosophy Statement

Effective language learning focuses on the role of the individual in a global society. No longer do we live in an isolated world. Our programs focus on preparing students to become global citizens in a world marked by diversity, interdependence, and cross-cultural interactions. We strive to develop awareness in our students of the varied experiences and realities of others. The World Languages classroom provides opportunities for students to communicate in a variety of authentic situations as they develop an awareness of the world around them.  In District 128 we believe that our students can make a difference.  We demonstrate this through project based and service learning opportunities. Our students participate in change for the greater good while interacting with cultures outside of their own and using their language skills beyond the walls of our schools.

The objectives of the World Languages program in District 128 are aligned with the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, which guide learners to develop effective communication skills and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Students learn to communicate using the 3 modes of communication: presentational, interpretive and interpersonal. Courses are designed for non-native speakers.