“Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience” (ACTFL)
Hartford Public Schools’ world language vision is that every student participate with cultural competence in a global economy and pluralistic society through the attainment of high levels of proficiency in at least one language in addition to English. Our vision is grounded in the belief that:
- All students can become multi-lingual/multi-literate
- Students will engage in globally transformative experiences through language learning
- Acquisition of more than one language leads to cognitive, academic, economic, health, and social benefits, and supports 21st century skills
- Acquisition of more than one language is an essential component of a world-class education/experience, and is critical to students’ college, career, and world readiness.
Our mission is to provide a world-class language education:
- Through the integration of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities
- Through the meaningful integration of appropriate technology into teaching and learning
- By leveraging the linguistic diversity of school communities to enrich language programs
- By leveraging institutions of higher education and various other resources to strengthen language programs and provide diverse, authentic learning experiences.
Language proficiency refers to a person’s ability to use a language for a variety of purposes, as illustrated in the image below.
For more information about the Proficiency Levels, as developed by the ACTFL, please explore the following:
- ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
- ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners
- Can Do statements for Language Learners
- Proficiency Levels Needed to be Globally Competitive for Work
- ACTFL Proficiency Levels Posters