High School World Languages
Students examine a variety of languages in an exploratory course and may take credited classes in French, Latin, American Sign Language (ASL), and/or Spanish (based on enrollment and qualified personnel) in the middle school years. In addition to communicative skills, they learn about the culture of the people who speak the language.
Students are encouraged to become proficient in at least one language other than English by the time they graduate from high school. This skill assists in functioning in a more global society, both within the United States and abroad.
The high school world language program offers:
- French, and Spanish
- The classical languages of Latin and Ancient Greek
- American Sign Language
Opportunities for students to study at the Advanced Placement and honors levels in French, Latin and Spanish.
International Baccalaureate classes in French, Latin and Spanish
National World Language Standards
ACTFL National Standards and Summary - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Summary of World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
Maryland State Curriculum
MD State Department of Education World Languages - MD World Readiness Standards, COMAR Regulation 13A.04.11 for World Languages, World Language Open Education Resources
Dr. T. DeWayne Cash
Curriculum Specialist, World Languages
- ACTFL - Benefits of learning a world language
- Aslpro.com for an online dictionary of signs/phrases in ASL
- BBC Languages for practice, phrases, grammar, slang, TV, radio, and footage from countries that speak the language
- Duolingo.com for vocabulary, grammar, sentence, and translation practice for various languages
- MD Seal of Biliteracy
- Memrise.com for vocabulary/phrase practice for various languages
- Tarheelreader.org for free, easy-to-read books at the novicel level in various languages