Welcome, Bienvenidos, Bienvenues to the Weston World Language Department. On this site you will find our World Language course offerings, locate faculty members, and find answers to FAQs. If you require further information please contact: Christina Donigian(World Language Department Chair) at 291- 1414 ext: 5634.
The goal of the World Language Department is to foster the development of four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing so that the students will be able to communicate in a language other than English. To achieve these objectives, it is strongly recommended that three years be the minimum amount of time devoted to this program at the high school level.
Students completing a full sequence in any one language should possess the following competencies:
- Listening: understanding of native speech at normal speed in both conversation and discourse.
- Speaking: ability to engage in conversation with a native speaker on a subject within the range of the student's experience; ability to expound on a topic for a reasonable length of time.
- Reading: ability to comprehend a reading selection, either literary or non-literary, without the aid of a dictionary; ability to read aloud a selection and convey its proper meaning through pronunciation, intonation, and word grouping.
- Writing: ability to write what can be said with a minimum of error; ability to write a coherent composition either fiction or nonfiction with a minimum of grammatical error.
- Culture: general sense of the history and geography of the people whose language is being learned; awareness of the people's contributions to civilization in the areas of fine arts, science, and industry; sympathetic understanding of the cultural and anthropological differences between the foreign country and our own.
The following learning expectations are integrated into all of the courses in the World Language Department and are evaluated as part of ongoing student assessment. Students are expected to demonstrate growth and mastery of foundational competencies as they move through the sequence of courses offered by the department. Additional shared expectations include the continual development of aspects of character.
- The ability to listen, speak, read, and write proficiently in at least one other language than English.
- Understanding and application of the five C's of language education: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities in the real world.
- Critical listening skills
- Clear and effective communication through the written word.
- The ability to think critically through accessing, interpreting, evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing information.
- The ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Aspects of Character
- A sensitivity, respect, and tolerance for individual differences and diversity.
- A positive work ethic (punctuality, dependability, initiative, honesty, teamwork).
- The effort and diligence needed to succeed.
CT COLT Poetry Contest
The Weston High School World Language Program participates in the CT COLT (Connecticut Council of Language Teachers ) annual poetry recitation contest . All Weston High School students are eligible to participate whether they are taking a language or not. Students memorize and recite a poem and travel with a group of other Weston High school students to the contest at a chosen high school in Connecticut to compete against other Connecticut high schools. Prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each level and language category. Students compete by language level or by native speaker categories.
The language categories that students may enter are: ASL (American Sign Language) Chinese (Mandarin only), ESL/ESOL (English as a Second Language) French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Modern Greek, Spanish, , Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Spanish. For more information about the contest, rules, regulations, and deadlines, please visit: www.ct.colt.org