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What We Believe

World Languages and Cultures learners:

• 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)