Berwick Academy Foreign Language Departmental Vision
The Berwick Academy Foreign Language Department is committed to promoting linguistic and cultural competence through a Pre-K – grade 12 approach. We recognize that “to study another language and culture gives one the powerful key to successful communication: knowing how, when and why to say what to whom.” (National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, 1996, p.11) We strive to develop proficiency in the four skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening) of the target language in order to instill in our students a global mindset, cultural awareness and communicative abilities.
Upper School Philosophy:
The mission of the Upper School Foreign Language Department is to provide students with a rigorous program wherein they can dedicate themselves to gaining proficiency in at least one other language, while also acquiring knowledge of other countries, their cultures and a broader understanding of the world. In modern language classrooms we use the target language as the sole means of teacher-student and student-student communication. We integrate the four language skills into our activities and assessments, and strive to make language-learning accessible for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Our language classes include relevant and engaging activities such as interviews, presentations, small group work, games, skits, research, recordings, viewing of films. We strive to provide real-life contexts for students as they negotiate meaning. Aside from our academic courses, we offer international travel opportunities, Honor Societies, a Foreign Film Club, a school-wide Language Day, National Exams/Competitions administration, and also support study abroad experiences.