World Language

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

Our curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards for World Languages, 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 world 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 world language program helps to equip our students for life in a multilingual, technologically connected global society.

AP Opportunity

Our curriculum also includes an Advanced Placement course in 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.

To Learn More

Descriptions of our courses as well as a directory of our faculty can be found here: