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
-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)
-Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between practices and perspectives; and the relationship between products and perspectives of the culture studied.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language/concept of culture through comparisons of the language/cultures studied and their own.
- 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