Foreign Languages Department, 6-12
Jane E. Rizzitano, M.Ed., M.A.
Coordinator of Foreign Languages 6-12
❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞
Welcome Message and Department Philosophy
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞
Welcome to the Foreign Language Department. We believe that if you can learn your own language, you can learn another language! The philosophy of the department reflects the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Foreign Language Learning, the Guiding Principles of the Revised Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework of Massachusetts of 1999, and alignment with the Common Core State Standards (http:///www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html and http://www.actfl.org). Students will acquire skills that will be assessed through the ACTFL/NCCSFL Can Do Statement Guide.
The department endeavors to promote excellence in teaching and learning foreign languages, provide multiple learning opportunities in a variety of foreign languages, both modern and classical, and encourages students to become lifelong learners of foreign languages and cultures while adopting a global view and understanding of the world. Grades 6-12 sequencing, along with IB (International Baccalaureate), AP (Advanced Placement), Medical Interpretation and Translation (MITP) and the Foreign Language Honor Societies provide a means for students to achieve fluency in a second language. Fluency is acquired through active and purposeful participation in all foreign language related activities in and out of the classroom.
❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞
The primary goal of modern foreign language study is communicative proficiency. The primary goal of the classical foreign language program is to connect and interact with the minds and culture of the ancient worlds through, reading, translating and discussing ideas. Foreign Language study integrates the study of languages with the study of the cultures in which the languages are used and connects with all other disciplines through literature, art, music, mathematics, and scientific discoveries and contributions. Second language acquisition is most effective when started at an early age, but all students benefit from reading, writing and conversing in at least one language in addition to their first language. These goals are addressed through interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. Students who study foreign languages will learn to communicate through practice and presentation in reading, writing, listening, speaking and reasoning through thematic units of study that encourage a deep understanding of the target language structures and culture.