“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
Frank Smith, psycholinguist.
At SHS we believe that knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is an essential 21st Century skill set for our students as they prepare to live and work in a global society. Our teachers have developed foreign language courses with a dedicated commitment to prepare our students for a fast paced and ever changing future.
Implications of studying a well designed second language program:
Students who study a foreign language outperform others in mathematics
. Students who studied a foreign language outperformed their non-language-learning peers on the MCAS test after two to three years, and significantly outperformed them after seven to eight years (Caccavale 2007).
In Science, bilingual children
show an improved ability to formulate scientific hypotheses and use more complex scientific language in communicating them (Kessler & Quinn 1980).
Guidelines for Success/Assessment:
Minimum admission standards for Massachusetts state colleges and universities require two courses in a single language. Competitive colleges and universities expect a sequence of study beyond the two-year minimum. Beginning with the class of 2018, SHS students will have to meet the requirement of two consecutive years in the same foreign language in order to graduate.
The study of languages is sequential and cumulative in nature. It is essential that there be mastery of fundamental material before students continue to advanced study. (See individual course Guidelines.)
Students must have a willingness to speak in the foreign language; an interest in learning about world cultures; the ability to understand and properly use vocabulary and grammar structures; and good listening skills.