World Languages


Michigan students, like students throughout the United States, are living in and contributing to an increasingly diverse society and interdependent community of nations in the 21st century. To realize their personal, social, and long-term career goals, individuals need to be able to communicate with others skillfully, appropriately, and effectively. The challenge of education is to prepare all students for the life in this new world. Because language and communication are at the heart of the human experience, the United States must equip students linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which all students develop and maintain proficiency in English and in at least one other language.

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District Goals in World Languages

  • Understand that language is functional.
  • Understand that language skills develop interdependently.
  • Understand that language learning is cultural learning.
  • Understand that language proficiency develops through meaningful use and interaction.
  • Understand that language acquisition is a long-term process and occurs at different rates.
  • Understand that language proficiency develops in varied ways.

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