MPS World Language Program
Learn more about our K-8 World Language Program by downloading the WL Infosheet
Middletown Public Schools knows that in this ever changing, growing, global economy, knowledge of world languages and cultures is essential. We are proud to offer World Language instruction as part of our curriculum for all students in ALL grade levels (K-12).
Beginning in 2017-2018 our students will receive Spanish instruction in grades K-3, 6, and 7. French instruction will be offered in grades 4-5. This K-7 program will focus on the development of reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, as well as cultural awareness. On average, students in the World Language classrooms will have 20 to 30 hours of Spanish or French instruction each year, within their regularly scheduled day. The K-7 World Language program will prepare our grade 8 students to select and successfully complete Level I Spanish or Level I French.
Research confirms that young children learn languages much more readily than secondary students. We also know that learning a second language early is highly beneficial to cognitive development. Moreover, in our increasingly global economy, people who speak and understand more than one language have a strong college and career advantage. Offering Spanish and French instruction to all students in our district connects a diverse body of students who share an interest in a common subject. Research indicates that early study of a second language results in higher achievement levels in other academic areas, improved self-esteem and an appreciation and empathy towards other cultures and ways of life. In addition, we know that there are long-term benefits such as college readiness and increased career potential.