The purpose of the World Languages program at IMSA is to prepare leaders for the 21st century in an increasingly interconnected world, to provide students with the tools to communicate effectively with the people of our world, to be a resource for other members of the IMSA community, and to promote IMSA and its mission by contributing to competency–driven, concept–based, problem–centered, integrative education for citizens of the state of Illinois and beyond.

At the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®, one of main objectives in teaching foreign languages is for students to engage, on a deep, intellectual, and personal level, in new ways of seeing, thinking, interacting, and communicating. In order for this objective to be realized, students must encounter a communicative system and cultural perspectives different from their own. It is essential for our students’ growth that they engage in immersion–based learning experiences where they are supported in going beyond normal comfort levels, and where they learn to function within a system that is unfamiliar to them, thereby developing real–world proficiency in another language and in other cultures.