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World Languages

Philosophy Statement

ISB is committed to supporting multilingualism as fundamental to intercultural and international relationships.  The ISB program aims to help students develop into proficient linguists who can use their additional language to communicate with and serve others.

The World Languages department’s philosophy reflects the core values of the school’s mission and vision.  The program serves the learning needs of students from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds who traditionally enroll in the school. We strive to educate and inspire all students to become effective communicators and global citizens.

We value:
  • the acquisition of an additional language while maintaining a home language and cultural heritage
  • instruction that is aligned to standards and benchmarks
  • individualized learning opportunities for addressing diverse learning needs
  • authentic use of language with and in the community
  • lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language learning
We believe that students learn a language best when they:
  • are in a safe and supportive environment that encourages risk-taking
  • make connections to their individual linguistic, cultural and personal backgrounds
  • feel engaged and challenged
  • are provided with opportunities to integrate their learning with other subject areas
  • engage in a broad range of experiences to learn from historical, social and cultural perspectives

 

Standards

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ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

General Preface to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012. The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are a description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context.

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