World Languages Department

Department Head: David Urakami


"Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are equipped linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical."

Standards for foreign language learning: preparing for the 21st century, 1996

Content Standards - At-A-Glance

  1. Communication:
    -Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions (Interpersonal)
    - Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. (Interpretive)
    - Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics. (Presentational)
  2. Cultures:
    -Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between practices and perspectives; and the relationship between products and perspectives of the culture studied.
  3. Comparisons:
    -Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language/concept of culture through comparisons of the language/cultures studied and their own.
  4. Connections and Communities:
    -Use the language to connect with other disciplines; use the language both within and beyond the school setting; and become life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

World Language Teachers:

  • Kathie Dinges - French
  • Jaimelynn Gusman - Japanese
  • Elisa Junqueira - Spanish
  • David Urakami - Hawaiian