The #MariemontExperience: World Language Curriculum
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The #MariemontExperience: World Language Curriculum

Talk to me
a little bit about the world language experience at the Mariemont City School District and
how that works. So, world language, and language development period, always goes best the younger
we can get to them. So we try to expose some of the young students to world language in the
elementary level. We’ve got Mandarin and Spanish as low as we can go and then they have some
introduction to Latin at the elementary as well. And then once they get to the middle
school, we start to lead them to a more fixed choice in the direction they would like to
go. Through the high school we continue that all the way up through senior year. So we
talk a lot about the importance of our students being global learners. How does this exposure
to multiple languages help us achieve that goal? I definitely think that, first of all,
when you are learning multiple languages, you’re exposed to cultures that are from the
countries these languages are spoken. That kind of brings students perspectives on what
other countries are like and what it is like out there in the world rather than within
the United States or within their little community. So we’re fortunate to be able to provide these
opportunities in World Language for our kids at such a young age, why is that a benefit
to start so young with World Language? It is a huge benefit. I was just thinking the
other day about how many times I have had the same conversation with meeting a new person,
you know ‘I took Spanish in high school, I’m not really a language person, I forgot all
of it.’ And that always kind of bothers me because I think everybody, first of all, is
a language person. Being able to learn a language at such a young age, not only is extremely
beneficial for obviously being able to speak a language, but you’re also developing these
neuro connections in your brain that are also responsible for high-level things like calculus
and abstract thinking and problem solving. There is a lot of research on how it impacts
students. The way they think, creates their creativity, how it helps their brain develop
when they are at a young age. In a way, I also believe that it teaches empathy. I think
it’s really the benefit of global learning in general – it’s getting outside of the mindset
that you’ve had throughout your life to that point and learning another way of communicating.
There’s a lot of culture, there’s a lot of language of course, and now with Warriors
BEyond, we also try to actually get the kids to experience how people live and what their
lives are like outside of our area. The World Language program is very important in making
kids into global learners. I think my why is undoubtedly doing everything that I can
to make our students excited when they see somebody that maybe is wearing different clothing
or eating different foods than they are used to. I think the World Language program is
an awesome venue for that.

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