The goal of the Ann Arbor Public Schools World Languages program is to prepare all students to be linguistically and culturally competent in languages other than English. Ann Arbor Public Schools is proud to offer 7 languages including: American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. In Ann Arbor, we believe the ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate manner with speakers of other languages is the key to success in the increasingly diverse global community of the 21st century. As students develop proficiency in world languages and, at the same time, an understanding of the underlying values and beliefs of other cultures, they gain the skills that are essential to meaningful communication.
At the heart of language learning is the ability to communicate, whether it be person to person, in writing, or through the reading of literature. Communication promotes understanding, tolerance, and respect for others.
The process of learning to comprehend, speak, read, and write another language develops insight into the nature of language as well as connections to other disciplines. Learning another language prepares all AAPS students to be citizens of the global community by developing an awareness and appreciation of other cultures.