Bayonne School District

Building a Caring, Learning Community

The study of world languages fosters several long term understandings that are continuously developed and deepened through ongoing study of language. Most important to these understandings is the idea that studying other languages and cultures offers insights into our own. As students draw parallels between languages and cultures, a larger sense of global community is created. Through this study, students will come to understand how language and culture directly influence each other. Finally, students will work to understand that often messages can not be translated exactly. Instead, the overall message of the speaker can be translated. To do this, ideas of culture, history, and usage must mesh with the vocabulary of the language. Sometimes, the message is lost in translation due to cultural differences. However, speakers can work to refine their message so their overall intent is communicated.