The World Languages Department offers all Bloomfield Hills High School students the challenge and the excitement of seeing the world through new eyes. By studying another language and culture, students engage in an especially rewarding preparation for their future as citizens in the world community.
Students have the opportunity to enroll in one or more of the language sequences offered: American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. English Language Learners are also served through ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. In all of these classes students acquire knowledge and develop the skills listed in the National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparison and Communities.
Skill development occurs in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. But learning a language involves much more than linguistic skills. Foreign language learning contributes to the overall intellectual, social, creative and aesthetic development of our students by introducing them to the ways in which other groups of people view the world and function in it, and by learning how they express themselves. With extended study, practice and experience, our students learn how to communicate with people who live in other cultures throughout the world.