SWLAC Mission, Philosophy and Positions Statements


State World Language Advisory Council of Colorado (SWLAC)


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SWLAC Mission, Philosophy, Goals and Talking Points document: external image msword.png World Language Recommendations.doc


Mission Statement

The Mission of The State World Language Advisory Council (SWLAC) is to provide leadership in facilitating and promoting policies and practices that support P-20 language education in Colorado.
The State World Language Advisory Council (SWLAC) was formed by past presidents and other leaders in world language education of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT). Our purpose is to advise and facilitate the improvement and development of policies and practices—at the state level—that impact the delivery of P-20 academic world language programs. The SWLAC Philosophy and Position Statements include points shared by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) whose main purpose is to promote and provide professional development opportunities to P-20 foreign/world language educators.

Statement of Philosophy

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. Colorado must educate students who are equipped linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. Therefore, it is necessary for the state of Colorado to provide educational opportunities for all students from pre-school through university level to develop and maintain proficiency in English and in at least one or more other modern or classical languages. Children who come to school from non-English speaking backgrounds should also have educational opportunities to maintain and further develop their first language.

Position Statement:

Competence in more than one language and its cultures enables people to communicate with those of other cultures in a variety of settings, develop insight into their own language and culture thus gaining greater awareness of self, other cultures and one’s relationships to those cultures. The changing American society in a world of instant communication requires citizens who can communicate successfully in personal, career, and political interactions both formal and informal. The goal of world language education is to prepare both linguistically and culturally competent students who are ready to take part in genuine interactions in multilingual communities at home and abroad. Through language study, students gain direct access to wider bodies of knowledge and are able to participate more fully in the work force, global marketplace and world community.

Therefore, it is necessary for the state of Colorado to provide educational opportunities for all students from pre-school through the university level (P-20) to develop and maintain proficiency in English and in at least one or more other modern or classical languages. Children who come to school from non-English speaking backgrounds should also have educational opportunities to maintain and further develop their first language.