Resources - World Languages

  • Maine Statute
  • District Resources
    • What languages should be taught?  A great question to ask and one that has a lot of different answers.  The ultimate answer depends on what your school district values.  This document provides questions and data to help you make that determination.
    • What benefits come from learning another language?  Many!  World Language supports all aspects of Maine's Guiding Principles.  In addition, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) provides research showing the affects of learning another language on brain development, academics, and mindset.  ACTFL also provides a needs assessment questionnaire to help school districts determine if providing opportunities to learn another language would benefit their students. 
    • When should we start offering another language?  Anyone can learn a language at any age; however the younger one starts the more benefits there are.  When learning a language it is critical to have consistent opportunity to engage in the language over long periods of time.  The article "Establishing High-Quality Foreign Language Programs in Elementary Schools" published in 2000 by The Education Alliance at Brown University outlines the benefits of developing Early Language Programs, the characteristics of successful programs, and considerations for how to maintain a program .
    • Visiting International Teachers offers school districts several options to find world language teachers to teach Arabic, French, Mandarin, and Spanish.  It is recommended that school districts reach out early when considering this option.
    • Planning for success The article "Planning for Success: Common Pitfalls in the Planning of Early Foreign Language Programs" published by Center for Applied Linguistics addresses common pitfalls that impact program success.
  • Language Opportunities
  • Professional Organizations
  • FAQ