The philosophy is to offer all students the challenges and the excitement of seeing the world through new perspectives. Students will study languages and cultures in preparation for their future as citizens in a global community. In all of their classes, students will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills listed in the National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. It is the belief of the World Language Department that skills development occurs in all literacy areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Learning a language, however, involves much more than just linguistic skills. As a language learner, it is imperative to take a holistic approach to language acquisition. World language acquisition contributes to the overall intellectual, social and creative development of our students by introducing them to the ways in which other groups of people view the world and function in it. With extended study, practice and experience, our students learn how to communicate with people of other cultures who live within their own multilingual community and throughout the world.