Global Languages - HHS
Blanca, Mme. Petersen, Sole, Rosita, Matías, Carlos
Communication is at the heart of the human experience.  The United States must educate students to become linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a global society.  Believing that each of us is an integral part of a world community, the Hastings Global Languages Department is committed to increasing student awareness of this role. 

Competence in more than one language and culture enables one to:   
  • Communicate with people in other cultures in a variety of settings.
  • Develop insight into one's own language and culture.
  • Act with greater awareness of self, of other cultures, and of one's own relationship to those cultures.
  • Look beyond one's customary borders.
  • Participate more fully in the global community and market place.
  • Gain direct access to additional bodies of knowledge. 
Since the content of a global language course deals with history, geography, social studies, science, math and fine arts, students develop an interdisciplinary perspective, which promotes intercultural understanding.  Study of other languages and cultures prepares students for the future.  Jobs, professions, careers, and leisure activities in the 21st century will be enhanced by the ability to communicate efficiently and sensitively with others.  Possession of linguistic and cultural insights, which come with global language study, will be a requisite for life as a citizen in the worldwide neighborhood.


Why Learn Another Language?

“Today, a world-class education means learning to speak, read and write languages in addition to English. In an interconnected, interdependent global economy, we must prepare our children for a future in which their social and economic success will depend on their ability to understand diverse perspectives and communicate with people from other cultures and language groups. This isn’t a matter of getting ahead—it’s a matter of catching up.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

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