One of the goals of the Foreign Language Department is to help students make linguistic and cultural connections. In Latin courses, students make connections between the present and the past through Classical study, between English language structure and Latin, building a better vocabulary in English. In our modern language studies of Spanish and French, students make the same strides studying grammatical and linguistic structures and connecting to our global society. Seeking to make language study relevant to their daily experiences, all teachers reinforce curricula taught in other areas with skills for a lifetime of learning.
The Cherokee County School District’s Foreign Language curriculum offers a variety of languages from their freshmen to their senior year. In addition, some students who attend Cherokee County middle schools have an opportunity to begin their foreign language study in Spanish prior to entering high school. For this reason, those Spanish students have an advantage over other students who begin their language study in high school.
Students who plan to attend Georgia University System colleges are required to complete two years of the same language, but additional years of study are encouraged by many schools, including the most prestigious universities in the country. Those upper level courses count as college prep electives, and demonstrate a student’s commitment to attaining proficiency in the language studied. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to take an Advanced Placement course for college credit. Honors courses are available for students who demonstrate talent and dedication in their foreign language studies, per teacher recommendation.
Foreign language study is the perfect complement to any area of study. Many more career opportunities are available for those who have foreign language skills. In addition to many international and multinational American companies which have offices worldwide, foreign companies and investors are likewise located throughout the United States.