Students who learn a second language benefit in practical ways. They are better able to communicate with native speakers in this country and in other nations; they have a better understanding of other cultures; and they are better prepared for potential careers. Moreover, students' learning skills in general are enhanced through foreign language study.

Students are required to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are also required:

  1. to demonstrate holistic proficiency at the Novice High level (the ability to function in highly predictable situations using words, phrases, and complete sentences);
  2. to demonstrate basic knowledge of cultural practices, products, and perspectives of the culture(s) in which the language is used;
  3. to gain knowledge in other curricular areas using the world language;
  4. to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language and culture through comparisons of the language and culture studied and their own; and
  5. to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.