World (Foreign) LanguageLead with Languages! See ACTFL's advocacy video and campaign information at www.leadwithlanguages.org!The WS/FC School system is a leader in North Carolina with regard to World Language education. At the elementary level, Spanish immersion is available at Ashley, Smith Farm, and Speas Elementary schools. Chinese immersion is available at Konnoak Elementary. All students are able to begin studying a language in 6th grade and can continue with that language through 12th grade. Available languages include Spanish, French, Latin, and German. In addition to the middle school options, Chinese, Japanese, and American Sign Language are choices for high school students. Spanish for Native Speakers is also available at middle and high school. See this bulletin to learn more about World Languages in WS/FCS, and why learning another language is so important.
The WS/FCS World Language program is guided by the district's Framework for Teaching and Learning. We strive to provide culturally responsive and effective instruction, using research based strategies for languages. The Framework components guide decisions regarding resources, professional development, and assessment.
Additionally, the WS/FCS World Language program contributes to the district's mission and strategic goals. Dual language immersion programs have been proven to close gaps and raise achievement for all students. Research shows that students who study languages score higher on standardized tests than those who do not. Language study teachers learners to appreciate other cultures and to interact respectfully with all individuals. Gaining high levels of language proficiency gives our students the ability to contribute to and compete in our global society.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela