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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

In World Language classes, reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are seen through a communicative lens and within a larger context rather than in isolation. The three modes are: interpersonal (speaking/listening, reading/writing), interpretive (reading, listening) and presentational (speaking, writing). Instruction and assessment, to the greatest extent possible, reflect real world, authentic communication in the target language and use as many authentic materials as possible.