Scarsdale's World Language ProgramOral proficiency and cultural understanding are the major goals of Scarsdale's World Language Program.
The program aims to develop globally competent students who exhibit the following skills as delineated in the ACTFL World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages:
Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to share information, opinions, and feelings with others.
Connect with other disciplines to acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
Develop insight into the relationship between language and culture in order to interact with others using cultural competence and understanding.
Compare and contrast the nature of their language and culture to the nature of the language and culture that they are studying.
Communicate using cultural competence and understanding in multilingual situations and in multilingual communities locally and globally.
The World Language Department is committed to offering a program that meets the needs of all students. It is our belief that every student can learn a world language and develop the four language acquisition skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additionally, we promote creative and critical thinking skills, which assist students to problem solve in real life situations. Our program recognizes the varying levels of student proficiency through its flexibility and variety of courses. The target languages are used exclusively in our courses.