Foreign Language


Elmwood Park High School's foreign language program — a division within the school's Fine Arts Department — offers courses in Italian and Spanish that range from introductory level to Advanced Placement.

Our curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Foreign Language Learning Standards, which reflect best practices for developing student proficiency in the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.


Curriculum Goals


Specifically, these standards call for the EPHS foreign language curriculum to enable our students to achieve the following goals: 

Communicating
Use the target language to communicate within and beyond the classroom setting

Understanding
Use the target language to develop an understanding of the customs, arts, literature, history and geography associated with the target language.

Connecting
Use the target language to make connections and reinforce knowledge and skills across academic, vocational and technical disciplines.

The hallmark of the 21st century is interdependence across borders, which puts a premium on cultural and linguistic understanding. The EPHS foreign language program helps to equip our students for life in a multilingual, technologically connected global society.


AP Opportunity


Our curriculum also includes one of the College Board's Advanced Placement courses in world languages and cultures: 

► AP Spanish
This course, open to 12th graders, covers material equivalent to a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. Students receive extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions and the expression of ideas orally. Students also read abridged versions from well-known authors in Spanish literature.

Additional details about the full array of foreign language courses available at EPHS can be found here.


To Learn More


For more information about the EPHS foreign language program and the instruction it provides, please visit the links below.


Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language Faculty