Foreign Language Department Philosophy




            The scope and purpose of foreign language learning have been updated in recent years.  The successful acquisition of a foreign language is not necessarily rote memorization of verbs and their endings, nor grammatical concepts that cannot be applied to everyday life.  In line with The American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages and NYS Board of Regents, the Foreign Language Department of Saint Francis Prep has undertaken the task of applying those standards to our daily instruction in the classroom.  It is through these widely accepted standards that we endeavor to make the learning of a foreign language in our society useful and enjoyable to all of our students. 

            The five main areas of learning a foreign language are as follows:

          --Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities

Standards for Foreign Language Learning


Communication is at the heart of second language study, whether the communication takes place face-to-face, in writing, or across centuries through the reading of literature.

Communicate in Languages Other Than English

Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information,

express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on

a variety of topics.

Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of

listeners or readers on a variety of topics.


Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between

the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between

the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information

Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines

through the foreign language.

Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints

that are available only through the foreign language and its cultures.


Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.


Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World

Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

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