World Language

Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
– Psalm 18:49

World Language Department Mission Statement
We exist to prepare our students to become global disciples of Christ; equipped for communicating the gospel, ready for ministry, service and work worldwide.

A biblical understanding of language and God’s purpose for His children and their speech remains the foundation of CCA’s World Language program. At all levels of language instruction, the students learn to pray, sing praise songs, and memorize Bible verses in the target language. Our students not only compare world cultures through their own ethnocentric lens, but also in the light of biblical truth.  Because God loves us so, He desires to save men from every nation to bring praise to his name (Rev. 5:9).  As Christ's ambassadors, learning a new language is one means by which we can mirror this same kind of love.

The goal of our world language curriculum is to develop students who, through the study of world languages and cultures,

  • will understand that Jesus is the Savior for all cultures, not just their own.
  • will articulate the gospel to speakers of Spanish and/or French.
  • will value the privilege of learning a foreign language, beginning with the essential foundation of vocabulary and grammar, thereby creating opportunities for future study and employment.

CCA offers two tracks of language study: one for the traditional student, who has no previous knowledge of the language, and one for the heritage speaker, who comprehends the spoken language well and wants to further develop his/her ability to communicate.
Measuring Fluency
Our World Language program develops and strengthens the five main areas of competence for quantifying Second Language proficiency:

1. Listening

Activities and instruction utilizing level-appropriate vocabulary
Authentic audio recordings of news, stories, and songs
Activities and tests containing listening comprehension

2. Speaking

Oral memorizations of Bible passages, lyrics and poems
Class activities designed to help build students' confidence
Many performance-based activities and tests

3. Reading

Bible passages
Short stories and excerpts from authentic Spanish and French sources
Current news articles from the Hispanic and Francophone world
Readings from literature from Spanish and French authors

4. Writing

Vocabulary-specific directed writings for lower level students
Topical essay prompts for upper level students
Research projects covering topics from the Hispanic and Francophone world

5. Cultural Awareness

How the language itself reveals its culture
Cultural units with activities, videos, & presentations examining traditions and worldviews of Hispanic and Francophone worlds

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10