The study of a language that is not our own provides new opportunities to communicate with speakers of other languages,
understand how others think and express their thoughts, perceive the world around us
differently, and enhance our appreciation and understanding of ourselves and of others. All students should become proficient in at least one language other than English. Because of the unique rewards of this discipline, we believe:
Our philosophy parallels that of the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework and the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning.
All students of modern languages should
Click on the links below or refer to the Program of Studies for detailed course descriptions.
There are currently two language labs each consisting of 30 students booths. Each booth contains a computer with a headset and microphone and each computer has Sony Soloist software as well as word processing, presentation software and internet access. A teacher console in each lab runs Sony Virtuoso software allowing teachers to control student activities and monitor each student as they work. The following is a sample of some of the activities provided through the Soloist Software:
Teachers are able to collect student recordings and listen to them on their laptops. Also, the internet is used for research, grammar review and vocabulary practice.Students are scheduled to attend the lab one class period every other week. Teachers may sign up for additional time in the labs as space permits.
Each year National Language exams and AP exams are administered in the labs. In addition to listening components, the AP exams have speaking sections where students utilize the recording capabilities of the equipment.
Sinikka Gary, Regional Department Chair
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Patricia Braunegg, Adrienne Calotta, Nicolas Cosseron, Paul Davis, Carrie DeBlois-Mello, Julie Donovan, Hye Kyung Dragone, Sinikka Gary, Anna Gvirtsman, Suzanne Hogarty, Kendra Kerzee, Deborah Leavitt, Amy Li, Diego Mansilla, Amanda Matthews, Meredith Morgan