Language and Cultural Education 

World Language Programs

CPS currently offers world language programs in 351 schools (128 elementary and 233 high school) serving over 108,000 students. World language studies are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and American Sign Language.

Elementary School World Language Programs

Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) Programs:

  • Goals of this program include developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target languageDemonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors
  • Students also develop an appreciation for and understanding of the culture(s) associated with the language
  • FLES classes meet 120 minutes or more per week

Foreign Language Exploratory or Experience (FLEX) Programs:

  • Goals of this program include exposure to the language and culture(s) associated with the language
  • The level of listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency developed in a FLEX program is much lower than in a FLES program
  • Students develop an enthusiasm for language study in general
  • FLEX classes meet less than 120 minutes per week

High School World Language Programs

Secondary Sequential World Language Program:

  • Offers a sequence of courses from Level 1 to Level 4 (or higher)
  • Includes the studies of customs, history, and art forms of the culture(s) associated with the language
  • Students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for a variety of informal and formal interactions
  • Study also focuses on an understanding of sentence construction, nuances, and rules of grammar in the target language

Secondary Advanced Placement (AP) Classes:

  • For students who already have a high level of proficiency in the target language
  • AP courses focus on the development of vocabulary needed for reading literary texts and technical writing, in addition to self-expression that is coherent, accurate, and fluent in both written and spoken language
  • Students sometimes receive college credit or advanced placement for these courses based on their scores on the AP Test

Heritage Language Programs:

  • These programs are designed for students who come from homes where the target language is spoken and who already speak, or at least understand, the target language to some degree
  • Heritage programs focus on reading, writing, and listening skills in addition to improving conversational skills
  • Students also study aspects important to their cultural heritage in order to gain a better understanding of their own language and culture(s)


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