“A person who knows two languages is as worthy as two people.”
Language and communication function as essential components of a student’s experience as a 21st century learner. Studying world languages and cultures promotes critical thinking, an appreciation for cultural diversity, and emphasizes the value of diversity. Students are empowered to accept, understand and respect the global community in which they live. Communication in a language other than English fosters global literacy. We embrace the belief that second language learning is an innate human capacity and that all students who speak one language can become proficient in another, albeit at varying rates. As world language educators we:
- Strive to build students’ communication skills both interpreting and producing language in meaningful, real-life contexts.
- Seek to simultaneously examine world cultures while developing the skills of perception – discerning origins, connections and contrasts that foster true understanding and appreciation.
- Promote student-centered, task-oriented learning environments where inquiry, problem-solving, and thematic, cross-content links are featured side by side with the analysis of language systems.
- Utilize our technological resources in order to support language acquisition, cultural exploration and the identification of the relationships they share with other educational areas.
In conclusion, we believe that at West Essex, learning a world language is an essential, core component of a student’s education.
“Language is power.”
Laura Drago, Teaching Instructional Supervisor for Social Studies & World Languages
65 West Greenbrook Road
North Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
Phone: (973) 228-1200, ext. 365