Language is essential to all cultures and is the key to accessing the diversity within our global community. Students who receive instruction in a second language become linguistically and culturally equipped to participate in the world around them. District 102 values learning another language and provides all students in grade 5 and 6 with daily instruction in Spanish and expands to include French as an option in grades 7 and 8.

In alignment with the recommendations of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), District 102 uses an immersion approach to language exposure and acquisition. Instruction is provided in the target language 90% or more of the time and is supported with non-verbal and visual support to allow student the opportunity to develop their receptive language skills. Students may use English to respond to questions or to share ideas, but will be encouraged and supported in shifting to using the target language as their expressive language skills develop.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) has established a set of standards that were used in the development of the world language program of study used in District 102.

ACTFL World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (PDF)