The study of a second language should be an integral part of the education of all students. The School District of Clayton is committed to teaching students to communicate in oral and written language, and, through this focus, to helping students gain a knowledge and appreciation of other cultures in the global community. Learning a second language enhances thinking skills and broadens future career opportunities and personal interests for all Clayton students.
Listed below are the Enduring Understandings of the World Languages and Cultures curriculum. These are statements that summarize important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom.
- Learning about other cultures benefits us as individuals as well as our society.
- Language reflects the essence and perspective of a people and their culture.
- Certain linguistic structures and vocabulary are required for effective communication in and understanding of a second language.
- Effective communication requires knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom.