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.
National Spanish Honor Society
Cedar Hill Prep Debate Wins Again! On December 7th, Cedar Hill Prep participated in the Garden State Debate Meet at Bridgeton Middle School. The topics for the debate were - (a) The President should serve a single six year term, (b) Banning neonic pesticides does more harm than good, (c) The green new deal is bad for America, (d) End NJ Bear Hunt. Once again, Cedar Hill Prep finished first with the highest overall points. Three teams finished in the top 10, and Arnav Upadhyay won the Top Speaker Award for Cedar Hill Prep School.
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.