This program supports Goal 1 of Vision 2018 Fulfilling the Promise of Preparation through its focus on developing and implementing a rigorous Pre-K-12 world language instructional program and providing equitable access to rigorous coursework in world languages. The Word Language program is designed to prepare school system graduates to thrive in a dynamic world through cultural understanding and becoming proficient in the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target languages they study.
What is the HCPSS PreK-5 World Language program?
The Pre-K-5 WoRLD (World Readiness through Language Development) is the HCPSS daily, World Language instructional program for students in grades PreK to 5. In the current program, elementary students learn Spanish through the five C’s: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as outlined by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The program is a sequential language learning experience, building toward language proficiency while exploring the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students receive 30 minutes of daily instruction in Spanish in an immersion setting. The goal of the program is to build communicative skills in the target language and support English language literacy.
What are the goals of the HCPSS Elementary World Language Program?
The goal of the program is to build communicative skills in the target language, working toward Intermediate level proficiency. Additional program goals include:
- Supporting academic content area instruction
- Enhancing literacy development in both English and the target language
- Promoting global awareness and cross-cultural understanding
When considering a language choice, Spanish is a very practical one. The United States is the fourth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and Spanish is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization. Spanish is the third most commonly used language on the internet.
For more information about what each grade level will learn for World Language Instruction, click here.