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"ALL" Students Can Benefit
World Languages Resources for K-12 Teachers and Parents
World languages is one of New Jersey's core curriculum content areas and is required in the curriculum of every student in grades K-12. All students can benefit from learning a second language and being exposed to various cultures when the appropriate method and instructional materials are used. World language instruction should always be interactive and linked to real life, and address different learning styles and needs of all students, including:
Special education students
- The Individual Plan (IEP) required for special education students should address achievement of the world languages standards and include the necessary modifications that meet each student's needs.
Students with limited English proficiency
- Students who already speak a language other than English typically learn a second world language with relative ease. These students generally feel comfortable and experience success in their world language class because they and their peers are both learning a new language, and they have the advantage of already speaking another world language.
- Students who are proficient in English and another language should be encouraged to learn another world language. These students have a distinct advantage over students who speak only one language, because they can choose to strengthen their native language or become trilingual by learning a third world language during their K-12 education. Bilingual students can often serve as a resource in the school as they interact with their fellow students who are in the process of learning the native language of the bilingual student.