World Languages

The Curricular and Instructional Guidance for World Languages is designed to facilitate the acquisition of, or continued development in, a target language.

In alignment with the nationally recognized and research-based standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), language programs prioritize functional language for communicative ability.

The World-Readiness Standards make it imperative that our work incorporate the 5 C’s Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.  This happens first by taking a stance of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, one that acknowledges that all students enter a World Language classroom with their own assets of language and culture. The work of the course is then to act as a facilitative connection with target-language speaking communities in Philadelphia, the US, and around the world. Likewise, resources used in World Language courses should reflect the diversity of the target-language speaking communities and of our schools, and lead to target-language interactions that foster the five pursuits of Historically Responsive Education (Identity, Skills, Intellect, Criticality, and Joy).

All teachers of World Languages have access to the WL Resource Site, which aggregates curricular and instructional resources, as well as opportunities for professional learning.

Our Instructed World and Community Languages

Middle School programs for Chinese

Baldi MS

Carver Engineering & Science

The following high schools offer Chinese up to the AP level

Academy at Palumbo

Carver Engineering & Science

Central HS

Furness HS

Lincoln HS

Northeast HS

The following schools also offer Chinese in the IB Diploma Programme

Central HS

Northeast HS

Latin is offered at the following schools:

Central HS up to IB

Girls’ HS up to Level 2

Lincoln HS up to Level 2

Italian is offered up to AP and IB Levels at:

Central HS

Northeast HS

Arabic is offered at Northeast HS and Motivation HS.

ASL is offered at Lincoln HS, both as an instructed language and as the language of the Academy for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Portuguese is offered at Bodine HS; up to IB HL

Russian is offered at George Washington HS; up to IB HL