World Language
DEPARTMENT NEWS...


Foreign Language Week Celebrations
March 9th-13th


Lead with Languages
A national campaign sponsored by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to help raise awareness of the importance of language learning.

French Exchange
April 2015














Educational Philosophy
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:
  • language learning is a lifelong undertaking (ideally beginning in elementary school and continuing beyond high school)
  • the study of language cannot be separated from the study of its culture, including daily living, history, literature, and the arts
  • there are natural connections between the study of language and other disciplines
  • language learners should interact with other speakers of the language locally and globally

Our philosophy parallels that of the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework and the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning.


Objectives

All students of modern languages should

  • develop proficiency in the target language through listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and presenting in the target language
  • develop an understanding of the target culture: its daily life, history, literature, arts, mathematics, and science
  • develop insight into languages and cultures through comparison and contrast
  • acquire information in and make connections with other disciplines such as the arts, English, history, and social studies
  • communicate with local and international speakers of the language
  • develop critical and creative thinking, organizational, cooperative, and study skills
  • use technology as a tool for communicating, developing language skills, and accessing authentic cultural material from around the world

Course Offerings

Click on the links below or refer to the Program of Studies for detailed course descriptions.


Language Labs

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:

  • Students can listen to digitized files, CDs or tapes
  • Students can watch videos or DVDs on their computer monitors
  • Students can ask and answer questions in random paired activities
  • Students can participate in a class discussion via a conference that allows one person to speak at a time
  • Students can take a test where responses are timed and automatically recorded
  • Students can listen and watch prepared text and also record answers to questions in the text
  • Teachers can send students pictures, pages from a book or 3D objects to view on their computer monitors

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.

Staff

Sinikka Gary, Regional Department Chair
Telephone: (978)264-4700 extension 3473; 
Fax: (978)266-1133
E-mail: 
sgary@abschools.org

Click HERE for a list of teacher websites.

Patricia BrauneggAdrienne CalottaNicolas CosseronPaul DavisCarrie DeBlois-MelloJulie DonovanHye Kyung DragoneSinikka GaryAnna GvirtsmanSuzanne HogartyKendra KerzeeDeborah LeavittAmy LiDiego MansillaAmanda MatthewsMeredith Morgan