Foreign Language

Denise Trubiano
Foreign Language Department Head
Phone: 508-647-6615
Email: dtrubiano@natickps.org 


Foreign Language Department


Language study is an essential part of every student's education, and exposes students not only to another language but also to other cultures and literature.  All students should be able to communicate effectively through conversing, reading and writing in a language other than English.  Our goals are to have students reach communicative proficiency, gain an understanding of peoples and cultures, and make connections with other disciplines so that they may become global participants.

The Foreign Language Department offers every student the opportunity to study and learn modern languages and a classical language.  We offer a five year course of study in French and Spanish, from a first year introductory course to the advanced placement fifth year class.  We also offer a four year course of study in German and Latin, from a first year introductory course to the honors level fourth year class.   A minimum of three consecutive years of language study is recommended, and a five year study is desirable to achieve competency and fluency.  Languages may be taken concurrently.

                                         
Academic Expectations

The Standards for Foreign Language Learning, identify and describe 11 content standards that correspond to the five interconnected Cs of language learning: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.  These standards provide an important and useful framework to help shape instruction and assessment, and guide the teaching and learning of foreign languages.


Communicate in Languages Other than English

Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions.  Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.  Students present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners, or readers, on a variety of topics.


Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

Students demonstrate and understand the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.


Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information

Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language. Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are available only through the foreign language and its cultures.


Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through the comparisons of the culture studied and their own.


Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home and Around the World.

Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
 

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