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World Language Program

Overview

In an increasingly interconnected world, The Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) World Language Program is dedicated to educate students to become competent and informed global citizens with proficiency in languages and critical insights into international cultures. DJUSD believes that proficiency in a two or more languages is an important part of a 21st century skills toolkit and has significant benefits to individuals, families, communities and global society.  From dual-immersion and Spanish immersion elementary and junior high programs to introductory and upper level Advanced Placement and literature courses, Davis Joint Unified World Language program offers a diverse and rich set of opportunities for student learning K-12.  Our program incorporates a proficiency-based curriculum that enables students to use the world language in real contexts and contribute to a greater understanding of the human experience around the globe. World Language programming is designed to enhance student’s education and cognitive development and contribute to respect for cultural diversity, intercultural competence, and applied language skills for our students’ personal and professional goals.

Language Offerings 

Below is a matrix of the language offerings by grade level and school.  Links to each school site are provided in the table.
 

  See key to school abbreviations below
Grade
Level
Spanish French German Japanese Chinese (Mandarin)
 K-6  CCE, MME        
 7-9  EME, HOL, HAR, DVA  EME, HOL, HAR  EME, HOL, HAR  EME, HOL, HAR  EME, HOL, HAR
 10-12 DSHS, DVA**   DSHS   DSHS  DSHS   DSHS  

Elementary Schools (links): CCE: Cesar Chavez, MME: MontgomerySecondary Schools: EME: Emerson JHS, HAR: Harper JHS, HOL: Holmes JHS,
DVA: Da Vinci Academy JHS & HS, DSHS: Davis Senior HS. **
Da Vinci students may co-enroll at Davis Senior High School for Japanese, Chinese, German or French. 

 

Program Objectives

The World Language Program supports the DJUSD World Language Master Plan, and the DJUSD Mission to “ignite a love of learning and equip each student with the knowledge, skills, character, and well-being to thrive and contribute to an evolving and increasingly-connected world…” The World Language Master Plan is aligned to state and national standards, including the World Language Standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Students are placed in language courses based upon their language proficiency, teacher recommendations, scheduling with counselors, and discussions with parents.  Students completing immersion at the elementary level may continue their study of Spanish or begin another language.  Most students coming from immersion with enter the world language program in Spanish 2 or 3.