World Languages Department Mission
“Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad…” (Statement of Philosophy from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
The Mission of the World Languages Department of the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science is to develop in our students, a communicative proficiency in studied languages and an appreciation of the cultures that shape them. We believe that the primary goal of language education should be real-life communication. Therefore, we are moving towards a focus on oral competencies in target languages, with an emphasis on improved oral language skills through communication, comprehension, and pronunciation. This practice requires that students use language with purpose as they develop interpersonal communication, interpretive and presentational skills. As skilled users of language, they will speak, write, listen, and read “in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context” (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language [ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines 2012). World Language study develops an appreciation and respect for the cultural diversity and contributions of all people. We believe that through second language acquisition, students are provided the vision and skills necessary to become global citizens of the 21st century.