• What we believe . . .                                                                 

    World Languages and Cultures learners:WHEEL
    • reflect varied backgrounds, abilities and learning styles;
    • come to language learning with varied goals and objectives;
    • progress at various rates; and
    • should have access to instruction which is holistic.

    World Languages and Cultures instruction should:
    • engage all students to achieve at high levels;
    • center on the student as an active, constructive participant;
    • focus on authentic, creative communication;
    • meet local, state, and national standards;
    • infuse culture and content with language;
    • start at the earliest possible age;
    • promote cultural understanding and community connections; and
    • be guided by teachers who are connected to their local and professional community.

    World Languages and Cultures teachers:
    • reflect varied backgrounds and experiences;
    • demonstrate an enthusiasm for teaching and life-long learning;
    • possess a high level of proficiency in the target language(s) and a strong knowledge of culture;
    • reinforce and enrich core content for assessment;
    • participate in the professional community and employ current best practices;
    • interact with the target culture through substantive and ongoing experiences;
    • take advantage of professional development opportunities and organizations; and
    • need time and resources for implementing effective programs.

    (resources: ACTFL & Kentucky World Languages Framework)