World Language

Overview of the DoDEA World Language Program

The DoDEA World Language and Culture Program prepares students to meet the challenges of an interdependent global community. Our students are provided opportunities to: recognize the importance of learning foreign languages, engage in other cultures, and to develop proficiency in one or more world languages.

The DoDEA World Language and Culture Program places emphasis on language acquisition in all three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive (Listening/Speaking), and Presentational (Speaking/Writing). Students receive instruction in the target language and begin to develop communication competencies in the earliest stages of study.

DoDEA high school graduation requirements state that all students must earn at least two credits of the same language in order to be eligible for graduation.

Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES)

The DoDEA FLES program provides a minimum of 90-minutes of Spanish instruction per week at select schools. FLES was initially started as K-3, and has expanded at some sites to be a full K-5 program.

DoDEA Americas

Mid-Atlantic District Southeast District
Bitz IS (3-5) Barkley ES (K-3)
Bowley ES (K-3) Diamond ES (K-3)
Crossroads ES (K-5) Elliott ES (K-2)
Devers ES (K-5) Fort Rucker ES (2-3)
Hampton ES (K-1) Fort Rucker PS (K-1)
Irwin IS (2-3) Kessler ES (K-3)
Johnson PS (K-3) Kingsolver ES (K-3)
Sampson ES (4-5) Marshall ES (K-5)
West Point ES (K-3) Maxwell AFB EMS(K-5)
  Murray ES (K-3)
  Pickney ES (2-3)
  Pierce Terrace ES (K-1)

DoDEA Europe

East District South District West District
Smith ES (K-3) Aviano ES (K-3) Alconbury ES (K-3)
Landstuhl EMS (K-4) Naples ES (K-3) Feltwell ES (K-5)
Ramstein ES (K-2) Rota ES (K-5) Lakenheath ES (K-3)
Ramstein IS (3)   Spangdalem ES (K-3)
Sembach ES (K-3)    
Vogelweh ES (K-2)    
Stuttgart ES (K-5)    
Robinson Barracks EMS    
Patch ES (K-3)    
Aukamm ES (K-5)    
Hainerberg ES (K-5)    

DoDEA Pacific

East District South District West District
Arnn ES (K-6) Andersen ES (K-3) Daegu ES (K-5)
Ikego ES (K-5) Bechtel ES (K-3) Humphreys Central ES (K-5)
Lanham ES (K-3) Earhart IS (3) Osan ES (K-5)
Mendel ES (K-4) Hope ES (K-2) Seoul American ES (K-5)
Perry ES (K-3) McCool EMS (K-3)  
Sollars ES (K-3) Stearley Heights ES (K-3)  
Sullivans ES (K-3)    
Yokota West ES (K-3)    

Host Nation Studies - Kindergarten - Grade 8 (Europe and the Pacific)

The DoDEA Host Nation Program is a unique feature of DoDEA's elementary school program outside of the continental United States and is designed to provide students with an introduction to host nation languages, taught by Host Nation Teachers, as an essential experience of the DoDEA curriculum. In addition, with Host Nation Teachers as guides, students participate in activities that build appreciation and understanding of the culture of the country in which they are located.

The DoDEA Host Nation Program offers instruction in the languages and cultures of the following nations or territories for grades K-8: 

  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cuba
  • England
  • Germany
  • Guam
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey Secondard

World Language - Grades 9 - 12

DoDEA offers instruction to students in grades 6-12 in the following world languages: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

All DoDEA high schools offer instruction in at least two of these languages; it is up to each school to determine which languages are offered. This determination is based on a variety of considerations such as student and community interest along with human and fiscal resources. The DoDEA Virtual High School offers language instruction in: French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Contact Information:

DoDEA World Language Information Systems Specialists
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400