The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities.
The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages create a roadmap to guide learners to develop competence to communicate effectively and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
All students are required to take a minimum of 5 credits (1 year) of instruction in a world language. Please check your college preferences - many colleges require 3 years of continuous study of a world language.
- Four levels of French, Spanish, and German instruction are offered. This sequence is designed to provide students with a continuum of learning activities in the Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational modes, which develop the student's fluency in speaking, listening, reading comprehension and the ability to write in the target language. The classes are delivered at least 90% in the target language.
- Students may opt to begin a new world language or build upon the student's three-year middle school world language experience, by pursuing further study of the same language begun in middle school.
- Classroom lessons integrate the beauty of the target language culture continuously using authentic resources.
- AP Spanish, AP German, AP French are offered.
- Extra-curricular activities including the French Club, German Club, Asian Club and Spanish Club are available for students who wish to extend their world language/cultural experience beyond the classroom.
- World language students may also be eligible to take competitive national language exams and may qualify for induction into National Chapters of their world language honor society.
- Levels 3H, 4H and AP students may also receive college credit through the Camden County College dual credit program
- WTHS was awarded $25,000 in scholarships for Summer Travel Abroad through CIEE. Students can embark on learning that immerses them in language and culture, service & leadership projects, or Global Discovery. Possible college credit is offered as well. WTHS has had students traveling the world for the past three years through this program.
- Seniors may sit for a National Language Exam to gain the Seal of Biliteracy on their high school transcript which is a recognition that the student has achieved an intermediate mid-high level of fluency in a foreign language as well as a high level of literacy in their native language.