Foreign Language

 Foreign Language

Paula Shafer — Learning Specialist

330-761-3114
pshafer@akron.k12.oh.us

Foreign Language Philosophy

The Akron Public Schools and Firestone High School Foreign Language Curriculum is a research-based and standards-based program with high expectations for all students. It is designed to provide opportunities to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in order to function in a multilingual, multicultural world. It is based on Ohio's Foreign Language Academic Content Standards and therefore shares the philosophy that a foreign language program integrates elements of language systems, communicative functions and cultural knowledge which:

  • prepare students to use a language in addition to English to communicate appropriately in a pluralistic American society and with the global community;
  • help students understand and appreciate other cultures' world views, unique ways of living and behavior patterns, as well as their contributions to humankind;
  • equip students to interpret a variety of authentic live, print and technology-based resources to access knowledge related to all content areas;
  • help students understand the nature of language systems, including their own, and how language and thought are inextricably linked;
  • prepare students to pursue language learning on their own for personal enjoyment and enrichment and to advance career opportunities.

Instructors

  • Cindy Arcuri

Email : carcuri@akron.k12.oh.us

  • Mark Debo

Email : mdebo@akron.k12.oh.us

  • Michael Householder 

Email : mhouseho@akron.k12.oh.us

  • Leydy Renteria-Merced 
Email : lrenteri@apslearns.org 

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