World Language Department

"Learning to speak another's language means taking one's place in the human community. It means reaching out to others across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Language is far more than a system to be explained. It is our most important link to the world around us. Language is culture in motion. It is people interacting with people." 
Sandra Savignon
Communicative Competence: Theory and Classroom Practice.

BONJOUR, HELLO, KONNICHIWA, SALVETE, NI HAO, HOLA! At Payton, we are extremely proud of our designation as a World Language Academy, offering French, Latin, Mandarin and Spanish. As such, students at Payton take four (4) years of a World Language language as the norm.

All Modern World Languages at every level will be centered on overarching themes from the Advanced Placement and ACTFL’s Keys to Planning curricula, including Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, Well-Being, Exploring Time and Place, Creativity, and Discovery.

The Latin curriculum will be centered on American Classical League standardsand the College Board’s Advanced Placement Latin (Vergil) Course. See

The Comprehensible Input Theory of language acquisition is the guiding philosophy in all World Languages and levels, and is accomplished through teacher and student input, incorporation of authentic materials from multiple print and multimedia sources, and skill-building through the use of formative and summative performance-based assessments in interpersonal communication, presentational speaking and writing, and interpretive listening, reading and writing, according to the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages Can-Do Benchmarks and further outlined in Payton's Course Guide.


Foreign language push features new state credential. Chicago Tribune


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