Lourdes High School believes the ability to communicate in more than one language is a critical need for today’s students as they enter into a multinational, multicultural world. The Lourdes High School World Language Department is dedicated to providing students with language skills as prescribed by national and state standards for world language acquisition. As students advance through each level of instruction, they not only acquire literacy in reading, writing, and speaking the target language, they also obtain an appreciation and understanding of diverse cultures. In addition, students are exposed to aspects of Catholic identity that complement the thematic unit as part of their learning process. Learning a second language offers our students a distinct advantage in interacting successfully in the modern global climate.
World Language Curriculum Summary
Lourdes High School world language curriculum is based on thematic units as guided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. These units are known as the five C’s - Communities, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communication. A combination of listening, speaking, reading, and writing is the focus of the world language classroom. Classes are conducted in the student's target language on an increasing basis from approximately 50% of the time in Level I of the coursework, 90% of the time Level IV, and 100% at the Advanced Placement Level. This standards-based curriculum drives students along the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines in their spoken language of choice: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of proficiency.