Welcome to the WHS World Language Department. In this site you will find our World Language course offerings and locate faculty members. If you require further information, please contact: Mercedes Fernandes (World Languages Curriculum Instructional Leader).
The mission of the World Language Department is to foster communication and cultural understanding of the products and practices of the target languages and cultures in order to participate successfully as citizens in the global society.
Courses are offered in the following languages: French, Spanish, Chinese and Latin. Instruction is designed to develop language proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, while engaged in thematic units that promote cultural awareness. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations:
- Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation
Modern language classes are conducted primarily in the target language at all levels. A state of the art language laboratory offers students increased opportunities for cultural and linguistic exposure and reinforcement of communicative skills.
Students completing a full sequence in any one language should possess the following competencies according to National and State Foreign Language Standards:
- Communication: communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
- Cultures: interact with cultural competence and understanding
- Connections: connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
- Comparisons: develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
- Communities: communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
The following learning expectations are integrated into all of the courses in the World Language Department and are evaluated as part of ongoing student assessment. Students are expected to demonstrate growth and mastery of foundational competencies as they move through the sequence of courses offered by the department. Additional shared expectations include the continual development of aspects of character.
- The ability to listen, speak, read, and write proficiently in at least one other language than English.
- Understanding and application of the five C's of language education: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities in the real world.
- Critical listening skills
- Clear and effective communication through the written word.
- The ability to think critically through accessing, interpreting, evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing information.
- The ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Aspects of Character
- A sensitivity, respect, and tolerance for individual differences and diversity.
- A positive work ethic (punctuality, dependability, initiative, honesty, teamwork).
- The effort and diligence needed to succeed.