The Language program at Dodd has been designed to meet the needs and abilities of middle level students. A four skill, proficiency-based approach involving listening, speaking, reading, and writing is employed. Students are encouraged to speak in the language, develop related projects, and experience the target culture in a variety of ways. This beginning approach encourages students to see the study of another culture and language as worthwhile and useful, and helps students better understand their own language and culture as well.
Students are encouraged to continue their study of another language in high school so that they can ultimately learn to communicate effectively in that language.