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World Language Goals


The CHS World Language Department provides students of American Sign Language, French, German, Mandarin, and Spanish the opportunity to develop language and cultural competency in the target language. The goal of studying a world language at CHS is to prepare students to understand and to interact with people from diverse cultures. At CHS world language classes are conducted primarily in the target language.  Even in the first year of the language, teachers will model the target language and students will have ample opportunities to use the target language as the major means of communication.  

Developing cultural competency is crucial to linguistic proficiency. All language students become culturally competent by being exposed to the target language in a natural, culturally appropriate, and real-life context.  Cultural readings and interactions with native speakers provide authentic opportunities for students to understand the target culture.  French, German, Mandarin and Spanish students become proficient in the target language through receptive tasks like listening and reading, and through expressive or productive tasks, like writing and speaking.  Students in American Sign Language (ASL) classes develop linguistic proficiency through receptive tasks, such as watching, attending and finger reading, and through expressive tasks, like signing and finger spelling.  Our proficiency goals are consistent with the standards set forth in the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework and the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

CHS students are encouraged to study at least one world language for their entire four years of their high school career so that they become truly proficient in the language. It is also recommended that students study an additional world language to become globally competent. World language students have access to and use a range of technologies, such a digital language laboratory, to aid them in developing proficiency at each level of language study. The overarching goals of the World Language Department is for students to communicate effectively, to understand the target language and culture, and to respond appropriately and respectfully to cultural differences. In a global community, it is essential for students to understand and interact with people from all cultures.