The World Languages Department believes in the power of bilingualism in today's interconnected world. Our core mission is to both support and inspire. By providing a challenging yet nurturing learning environment, we aim to empower every student to not only become bilingual but also to be a responsible and productive citizen in a bilingual world. This aligns with the school's broader educational goals of fostering global awareness and competence in our students.
To ensure our students receive the best language education possible, we employ a variety of teaching methodologies:
Inquiry-Based Learning: Encourages students to ask questions and seek answers, promoting deeper understanding.
Differentiated Instruction: Tailoring instruction to meet individual student needs, ensuring all students can access the curriculum.
Collaborative Approach: Leveraging group dynamics to enhance learning experiences and promote language use in authentic contexts.
We understand the unique challenges that come with learning a new language. To support our students:
Tutoring Opportunities: Most of our World Language teachers are available for tutoring sessions before and after school.
Make-up Assessments: Students have the opportunity to make up missed assessments.
Quiz Retakes: Some teachers allow students to retake quizzes to improve their scores.
Open Notebook Tests: Most teachers provide students the advantage of using their notebooks during tests, aiding in the reinforcement of learned material.
Language isn't just about words—it's about communication, culture, and connection. To bridge the academic-reality gap:
Active Participation: We emphasize the importance of actively using the language, not just learning it.
Real-World Projects: Assignments that simulate or involve real-world scenarios, promoting practical language use.
Advanced Testing: We offer AP and IB testing, providing students with opportunities to gain recognition for their language proficiency on a global scale.
We are always looking forward and striving for excellence in language education:
Common Assessments: Our aim is to develop standardized assessments to ensure consistency and high standards across all classes.
Vertical Planners: Enhancing our curriculum planning to ensure a cohesive and progressive language learning experience from one grade level to the next.