The World Language Program at Irving School introduces students to the basics of the target language and culture and develops the necessary skills for elementary comprehension. The relaxed class environment helps students learn to overcome any reticence in voicing target languages. Language skills will grow over years of instruction. The goal is to develop a comfort and familiarity with the language.
For 2012-2013, the World Language Program has expanded its offerings to 8 languages: Swahili, Portuguese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. In order to accommodate the program to all students, some classes will run for 1 hour every week with all ages while other will be twice a week with the same age group.
The World Language Program is completely independent, funded solely by tuition paid by families of participating children. World Languages are sponsored by the PTO, endorsed by the School Board, and encouraged by the staff and principal of Irving School.