A successful Foreign Language program gives students experience and practice in performing both productive and receptive language functions (such as describing, identifying, asking and answering questions, etc.) in a range of real-life contexts (home, school, work, traveling, playing, etc.).
Because language is both a carrier and a primary means of expression of cultural attitudes, we guide our students towards appropriate cultural awareness as well as the ability to communicate.
Accuracy in communication is developed gradually through a range of levels; thus language teachers must strive to find tasks which are appropriate to each level, thereby allowing their students to be consistently successful while developing ever-increasing accuracy in their communication.
Finally, effective language instruction must both provide for the wide range of learning styles, cultural backgrounds and strengths of our students as well as assess their progress in a realistic way.
As a result of our constant awareness of the above teaching principles, we find that Parker students continue to succeed in learning languages and exhibit cultural openness that stays with them beyond the Parker classroom.