World Language Department Mission Statement
The Westford Academy World Language department is dedicated to providing high quality language learning experiences for its students in an articulated sequence of instruction.
Our Core Beliefs
We believe that all children can and should learn another language.
We believe that exposure to a wide variety of languages allows students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as their own, and prepares them to communicate and participate successfully as informed citizens in a global society.
We believe that the target language should be used for 90% or more of instructional time for modern languages.
Student Learning Goals
Students will demonstrate cultural understanding by communicating effectively in the target language.
Students will learn to be comfortable with inferring meaning when they don't understand every language element.
Students will learn more about their own culture by learning about another culture.
World Language study at Westford Academy progresses through a four-year curriculum sequence based on the National Foreign Languages Standards (ACTFL). Movement along the sequence is determined by performance on proficiency based assessments and teacher recommendation. Most four-year colleges require a minimum of two years of language study at the high school, and competitive colleges require more.
Students of French, German, Spanish or Mandarin work toward proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the language. Study of culture is integral to our program, and it is embedded in all we do, helping keep the connective thread to the past ever present, and helping students recognize connections to the world beyond themselves.
Students of Latin concentrate on reading and understanding Latin and gaining an appreciation for the continuous influence of Latin language, literature, art, architecture, scientific and mathematical thought, and values on western civilization.