Exposure to new languages and cultures benefits all learners. Research shows that language learning correlates to increased cognitive abilities, higher academic achievement in other disciplines, and the development of marketable attributes such as creativity, critical-thinking, flexibility, and problem-solving. Learning a new language builds confidence. Language skills open doors to opportunities for studying abroad and can provide a competitive edge in the workplace. Language is the premier gateway to other cultures and consequently a richer life experience.
In this increasingly complex, dynamic, and interconnected global society, the Ramsey World Language Curriculum prepares students to bring a valuable global competence to their future careers and life experiences. The focus of instruction is to provide a platform for students to demonstrate what they can do with their linguistic and cultural knowledge. They are encouraged to make mistakes, improvise, and take risks as they build proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the target language. They gain opportunities to navigate cultural differences, respect unfamiliar viewpoints, and appreciate the ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. As such, students become actively aware that they are a small part of much larger world.