World Languages

                    “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 Offerings

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Latin
  • Arabic (coming in 2021)


Language Proficiency

Language proficiency refers to a person’s ability to use a language for a variety of purposes, as illustrated in the image below.


The Path To Language Proficiency


For more information about the Proficiency Levels, as developed by the ACTFL, please explore the following:


Daisy Torres Director of English Learners, World Language & Dual Language 860-695-8649