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Belief Statement & Goals
In teaching foreign languages St. Pius X extends the ministry of the Catholic Church by preparing students to communicate successfully in a global society that requires both linguistic competence and cultural awareness.
St. Pius X meets The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) standards for Foreign Language Education.
Communication: Students acquire communicative proficiency (listening, speaking, reading and writing) whether the communication takes place face to face or across centuries through the reading of literature.
Cultures: Students gain insight into the thought patterns and the social institutions of others through a study of the cultural contexts in which the language occurs.
Connections: Students use their knowledge of a foreign language to enrich their study of other disciplines.
Comparisons: Students develop insight into the nature of language by comparing their own language to the language being studied.
Community: Students acquire a means for connecting with international communities and engaging in outreach opportunities.