Desert Vista World Language Department

  • Mission and Vision
    The Desert Vista World Language Department inspires language acquisition and cultural awareness by making connections through communication, comparisons, and community involvement.
     
    Philosophy
    The World Language Department at Desert Vista is proud of the comprehensive program in French, German, Latin, and Spanish that we have to offer to students. In a competitive world of diminishing national boundaries, the need for communication and understanding of other peoples is imperative to the survival and development of any individual in any culture or society. Our department meets this goal by creating authentic, high-quality learning opportunities to prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse and global community. 

    We are one of the largest and most comprehensive language departments in the state. Through our program, students can select a program of study that will best prepare them for their future: travel abroad, college-bound, or translation work. We boast an enrollment of over 50% of the students enrolled at Desert Vista. We are very proud of our retention rate in our upper-division classes. Some highlights of our department include that we are one of the only schools in the Phoenix region to offer Honors Spanish 9-10, AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature concurrently each year.  

    Our department promotes a communicative approach to language learning at all levels. Our objectives are geared toward providing students with the ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in the target language while at the same time, enjoying the language-learning experience and gaining an awareness of the diverse cultural aspects of the language.  

    We offer both dual enrollment classes and Advanced Placement courses in our language. Through our partnership with Rio Salado Community College, students have the opportunity to earn college credit for upper division high school language classes, which are taught concurrently as college classes. We adhere to the college curriculum and our teachers are state certified college instructors. Students that complete the 7-8 level of their language will have earned up to 202 credits in the respective language, fulfilling any university language requirements for graduation. Students that complete AP Latin, Spanish 9-10 or AP Spanish Literature will begin earning credits towards a major or minor in Latin or Spanish. We have students that graduate from our program only needing 4 language classes at the university to earn their minor. 

    Goals of Desert Vista's World Language Department

    Our department promotes a communicative approach to language learning at all levels. Our objectives are geared toward providing students with the ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in the target language while at the same time, enjoying the language-learning experience and gaining an awareness of the diverse cultural aspects of the language.

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World Language Contact

  • Erica Encinas
    Department Lead
    480-706-7900 Ext.70164

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    Our goals are:

    • to promote an enthusiastic involvement with the language for our students;
    • to foster an appreciation of other cultures;
    • to prepare students for the 21st-century job market where language and cultural understanding are preferred;
    • to give students the opportunity to use their language in real-world settings to see the value of classroom learning in their daily life;
    • to offer extra-curricular activities that build a community amongst foreign language students and teachers;
    • to volunteer in the community using the student’s language skills to help others;
    • to recognize the value of foreign language study to help students become more articulate in their own language; and
    • to connect learning in the target language to other disciplines through reading, writing, and other activities
    • to will work together as fellow foreign language teachers to build our teaching skills and to build the strengths of the different language programs.

     

    Languages Offered:

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish