World Language

The Montclair Public Schools offer a comprehensive language program in six target languages in grades K through 12. Students K-5 may elect to study either Mandarin or Spanish. In grades 6-8 students are also provided with the option of pursuing French or Latin. German is also offered at the high school level. All courses are carefully planned and implemented around a proficiency-based model of language acquisition, as well as the five World-Readiness Standards: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Additionally, the district seeks to provide language learners with a seamless experience in regard to language acquisition through vertical and horizontal alignment throughout the program's scope and sequence. Students regularly employ the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication to develop their individual proficiency in the chosen target language. Further, students simultaneously acquire an authentic and meaningful understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives found within the target culture through their active engagement in thematic units. The Montclair Public Schools strive to provide learners with transferable twenty-first century problem-solving skills as they develop their own global awareness and citizenship.

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