World Languages & ESL

World Languages are an essential element of global competence

The ability to communicate with respect and cultural understanding in more than one language is an essential element of global competence. This competence is developed and demonstrated by investigating the world, recognizing and weighing perspectives, acquiring and applying disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, communicating ideas, and taking action.  Global competence is fundamental to the experience of learning languages whether in classrooms, through virtual connections, or via everyday experiences.  Language learning contributes an important means to communicate and interact in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.  This interaction develops the disposition to explore the perspectives behind the products and practices of a culture and to value such intercultural experiences.(ACTFL)

chart showing self-awareness at center, open-minded, global awareness, intercultural capability as outer rings



The World Language faculty at Hopewell Valley Regional School District is a talented team of individuals with diverse and multi-cultural backgrounds. At HVRSD we are committed to providing your child with the language skills and cultural competencies essential to global citizenship. 
21st Century Skills
For more information about world language learning in the 21st century please refer to the following links:
How does learning a world language inform our understanding of world cultures and promote cultural competency?
If you have questions about learning languages, post them here and we will do our best to provide you with answers and/or resources to investigate further.  
Fifth Grade Parents' Corner
Lois Baldwin
Supervisor (K-12)
609.737.4000 x7136
Proficiency in more than one language is no longer a "nice to have" skill; it is a "must have" in today's interconnected world.