K-12 World Language


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WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The mission of the Region 10 World Language department is for students to communicate effectively in another language in order to broaden their lives, opportunities and perspectives.

The WL department believes that every student will benefit from interaction with another language and culture both in and beyond the classroom using real world connections and technology.  The WL Department will achieve this through the implementation of standards-based content instruction. 

In Region 10, students begin their language exploration in grades 3-5 through our FLES Spanish program which focuses primarily on listening, speaking, and cultural awareness. The FLES teacher primarily speaks the target language using comprehensible input strategies. Students develop their speaking and listening skills through theme-based instruction and by connecting the language to their daily lives.  Elementary students also learn about identity and diversity to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world.  


In grade 6, students have the option to either continue their Spanish studies or begin the study of the French language and culture.  The 6-8 Spanish and French curricula are the equivalent of Spanish I and II.  In high school, students may enter various course levels based upon their proficiency and comfort level.  Students, teachers, parents, and counselors work together to help students find the best level as students transition to LSM so that students are both challenged and confident.  In high school, students also have the option of studying Mandarin Chinese and American Sign Language (ASL).  UCONN ECE courses are offered in Spanish, French, and Mandarin and students typically take these courses in their junior or senior year.  Our ASL program is a 2-year program and students can receive college credit from Northwest Connecticut Community College.

 

All teachers use the ACTFL Core Practices to guide their teaching and engage students in their learning. They focus lessons using targeted “I can” statements, they use authentic resources with appropriate scaffolding, and they use the target language consistently using comprehensible input teaching strategies. They also focus on diverse, positive representations of cultures and appreciating multiple voices and perspectives. 




                 Contact Dr. Jodiann Tenney, World Language Coordinator, for inquiries at [email protected]






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