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"Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are equipped linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad."

Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century


Contact: Lourdes Cervantes Department Chair 442-0300 ex. 719


Core Purpose:  Language is communication and provides a vehicle for cultural understanding, awareness, and respect.

Students will be given opportunities to:

  • Communicate in the language being studied by speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a variety of settings
  • Use the language being learned as a tool to develop knowledge and skills in other content areas
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of, and respect for their own and other cultures
  • Prepare for participation in the global community and marketplace

Lee teachers will provide an environment conducive to language acquisition by:

  • Utilizing a variety of effective instructional strategies
  • Addressing multiple intelligences and individual learning styles
  • Building upon the current language skills of the student
  • Simulating real-world applications of language use
  • Creating an atmosphere where students can comfortably practice the language and learn from errors
  • Promoting an atmosphere where students learn to respect each other and their differences

The North East Minimum Program requires two credits in Foreign Languages. The two units must be related. (Example French I and French II or Latin American Culture/ Spanish I and Conversational Spanish). The North East recommended program requires three credits in the same foreign language such as Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III. For more information on course selections visit our foreign language section of our course catalog in the counseling section of the website.

Extra curricular activities are offered in the Foreign Language Department. German, Latin, Spanish, and French Clubs offer an opportunity for student involvement. Students can also compete in contests through the different foreign language courses. For more information please inquire within each specific course offering.          

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