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The study of a world language is an integral part of a comprehensive K-12 education that prepares learners for post-secondary education, careers and global citizenship. All Maine publicly-supported schools are required to implement the World Languages Standards included in the Maine Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction. Studying world languages in the classroom provides students with the ability to make direct connections between the study of a world language and other subjects encountered in their K-12 educational experiences.
Through world languages, Maine's students have opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge and skills related to communication and cultures that will aid them as members of both local and global communities. Additionally, as students study world languages, they learn how to compare and contrast their own native language and culture with the world language and culture(s) being studied.
Beth A Lambert
Maine Department of Education