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World Languages Department

In order to prepare students to become globally engaged citizens, the World Languages Department at Walhalla High School introduces students to language and culture relevant to today’s world and based on real-life situations. The development of students’ communicative abilities in their chosen language of study and an understanding and appreciation of other cultures is accomplished through the study and practice of:
  • Vocabulary 
  • Pronunciation 
  • Listening and speaking comprehension 
  • Grammar 
  • Sentence structure 
  • Advancing writing skills 
  • Introduction to literature 
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has gathered scholarly articles that provide evidence of how learning additional languages impacts students in three major areas:
  • Providing cognitive academic benefits 
  • Supporting academic achievement 
  • Affecting attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures 
Please visit their website to enjoy these articles:

Ultimately, through the study of additional languages, students will learn what Dr. Maya Angelou wrote in her poem, “The Human Family.”
Although there are many differences among languages and cultures around the world, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
Mrs. Lynn Thrift, Department Chair
Dr. Laura Black
Mr. Paul Holleran
Mrs. Martina Hughes
Mrs. Dorothy McCoy