The World Languages department builds students' competence and confidence so they can communicate effectively across cultures and languages. Our French, Chinese, and Spanish classes engage students in meaningful activities that foster speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students also develop cultural empathy and awareness through exploring the traditions and values of their target language. Our goal is to empower students with the skill and confidence to engage in spontaneous, fluid conversations in their chosen language about issues that matter, including current events or aspects of contemporary culture in a country where the language is spoken.
Humanities at Archer
Kisa R. '18
"I like that the world language program encourages us to speak in the target language during class. It was really hard at first but I have a better grasp of the language because of it."
During the 2017-2018 school year, students participated in national-level tests and earned 138 medals and 102 honorable mentions in Spanish, French, and Chinese.
All 6th grade students take a modern world language course that gives them an introduction to Spanish, French, Chinese, and coding, as the language of technology. Seventh grade students choose the language they will study for the next two years: Spanish, French, or Chinese.