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World Languages Programming

Through highly engaging, interactive and communicative instructional techniques, students will have the opportunity to learn about multiple perspectives and cultures as they make cross-disciplinary and linguistic connections and comparisons.  This will form a deeper local and global sense of community.  Portland Public Schools offer instruction in a variety of languages:  English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Latin and American Sign Language.  For more information please visit schools websites.


“Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical. Children who come to school from non-English backgrounds should also have opportunities to develop further proficiencies in their first language.”

- ACTFL Statement of Philosophy