World Languages

The ability to communicate in a language other than one’s own enables students to grow academically and personally. Competence in communicating in languages in addition to English enriches learning and creates a new foundation for intellectual growth that is unique to language studies. Students are not only mastering another subject but also creating a new source of academic and personal enrichment.

Learning a new linguistic system means acquiring an objective view of one’s native language and, indeed, of one’s own culture. The structural elements of language, the range of ideas expressible in a language, the intense interdependence of language and culture—all these become apparent as the student becomes increasingly proficient in a new language. With these understandings comes a more sophisticated appreciation of the structures and the patterns of the new language as well as a better understanding of the learner’s own language.
California Department of Education: Foreign Language Framework for California Public Schools 2009