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VHHS World Languages Department Philosophy Statement

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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. 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. 

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.