World Languages Education in the 21st Century
New Jersey citizens are part of a dynamic, interconnected, and technologically driven global society centered on the creation and communication of knowledge and ideas across geographical, cultural, and linguistic borders. Individuals who effectively communicate in more than one language, with an appropriate understanding of cultural contexts, are globally literate and possess the attributes reflected in the mission and vision for world languages education that follow:
The study of another language and culture enables individuals, whether functioning as citizens or workers, to communicate face-to-face and by virtual means in appropriate ways with people from diverse cultures.
An education in world languages fosters a population that:
- Communicates in more than one language with the levels of language proficiency that are required to function in a variety of occupations and careers in the contemporary workplace.
- Exhibits attitudes, values, and skills that indicate a positive disposition and understanding of cultural differences and that enhance cross-cultural communication.
- Values language learning as a global literacy as well as for its long-term worth in fostering personal, work-related, and/or financial success in our increasingly interconnected world.
World Languages at Cedar Hill Prep School
Preschool – Grade 3 Spanish;
Grade 4 French
Grade 5- 8 French & Spanish
World Languages play an important part in the education of all students at Cedar Hill Prep School. Students benefit in gaining and understanding our targeted languages, Spanish and French.The Primary goal of our World Languages curriculum is effective communication.Students will be introduced to target languages through listening,speaking, reading and writing skills.The study of cultures is also an integral part of student based learning in this program. Our World languages program is student centered, full of rich experience, excitement and engagement.
Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (Grades 7 and 8 Spanish Honor Society)
The purpose of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (SHA) is to recognize high achievement in Spanish courses at the middle school level. The Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad is a nationally recognized honor society for students who excel in the study of Spanish. As “Los Patriotas” chapter, we want to promote Spanish as a language and culture in Cedar Hill Prep Middle School and the community through Community Service and Celebration.
From September through November, grades 1 through 8 are visiting Grounds for Sculpture. Grounds for Sculpture is a magical place that incorporates historical and contemporary art into the scenic landscape and architecture. This art field trip allows students to see the difference between a photograph of an artwork and seeing the artwork in person.
Ellen Callahan, CHP Middle School Teacher / Social Studies, began her story many years ago as a seed planted in another time waiting to take root and grow. In the early ‘80s, she began her journey as an educator working with physically and intellectually challenged children. It was hard work, and the children often made very minimal progress. However, the rewards far outweighed the obstacles....