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
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.