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Lower Merion School District


World Languages

The World Language Program focuses on communication within the cultural context of the language being studied.

The major goals are as follows:

  • Communicate in the target language through speaking, writing, listening, reading
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Connect with other disciplines to acquire a deeper insight into one’s own language and culture
  • Participate in multilingual communities and global societies

The four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking have been repackaged into language modes, which place the primary emphasis on the purpose of communication and the context in which it happens, rather than on any one skill in isolation. The three modes consist of the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Instruction and assessment will, to the greatest extent possible, reflect the real world, authentic communication in the target language and will use as many authentic materials as possible.