The world languages curriculum at the middle school and high school offers courses in both modern world languages (Spanish and French) and a classical world language (Latin). According to the Academic Standards for World Languages as proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, there are three areas that students should understand: communication, culture and community. While the basic areas are the same, the goals and purpose of learning a modern world language are different from learning a classical world language.
- communicate and interact with people in the target language
- improve their understanding, and sensitivity, to cultural similarities and differences
- develop an appreciation for cultural difference
- succeed in an ever-changing and competitive global economy
- enter into a diverse workplace and/or continued education
- improve critical thinking and problem solving skills
- engage in life-long learning
- participate in the local, national and world communities
- gives access to two of the world's great literature and cultures, Greek and Roman
- radically improves English vocabulary, since 2/3 of modern English is Latin- based and modern technical vocabularies are derived from Greek and Latin
- helps students learn the structure of English grammar, improving their written and spoken communication.