• Coordinator of World Languages

    Kathy Stafford, Coordinator of Elementary World Language

    Kathy Stafford



    South Carolina Academic Standards for Modern & Classical Languages

    Huanying, Bienvenue, Willkommen, Salve, Bienvenidos

    Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish are the world languages taught in

    School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties. 


    How does language learning support academic achievement?

    Language learning correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized test measures.

    Language learning is beneficial in the development of students' reading skills.

    There is evidence that language learners transfer skills from one language to another.

    There is a correlation between second language learning and increased linguistic awareness.

    There is a correlation between language learning and students' ability to hypothesize in science.

    Language learning can benefit all students.

    There is a correlation between young children's second language development and the development of print awareness.

    Heritage learners who use their language skills to interpret and translate for family members experience higher academic performance and greater self-efficacy.

    There is a correlation between language study and higher scores on the SAT and ACT Tests.

    There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level.



    Benefits of Studying a Second Language

    Middle school

    • Language learning leads to greater understanding of different cultures.
    • Increasing language proficiency opens more opportunities in secondary study.
    • Language study enhances problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
    • The skills required in learning a language transfer to other academic subjects and improved performance in those subjects.
    High school
    • Developing proficiency in other languages broadens career options.
    • Skills in languages other than English make those not bound for post-secondary study more attractive employment candidates in a wide range of careers where communicating with diverse customers is necessary.
    • Good language achievement enhances a student’s college prospects and opens paths for a wider range of college-level fields of study.