World Languages

The World Languages Department believes in teaching students to develop their global awareness and to communicate in a variety of languages. World Language courses provide opportunities for students to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of other cultures through learning language. Léman Manhattan provides rigorous courses in Mandarin, Spanish, French, and Arabic (in High School). All courses ensure development in the core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Students acquire language through differentiated learning approaches that stimulate meaningful and authentic communication in the Target Language (TL). Through studying language, students are exposed to diverse perspectives, practices, and products of the Target Language’s cultures around the world.

From Pre-K to 12th Grade, our spiraled curriculum ensures progression and development of the essential skills needed to become proficient in another language. In High School, students may elect to take a second language as an elective and continue to study one of those languages if they enter the IB Diploma Program in 11th Grade. All High School students are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in the World Language trip to their country of study. This is a language and culture immersion and exchange experience that involves a homestay and service work in the host country. Through language learning at Leman, students are provided with the knowledge, skills, and global awareness they need to be engaged citizens of the world. 

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