Curriculum

The World Language program in Weston is predicated on our strong belief that languages should be useful in the world outside of school and that said usefulness should last a lifetime.  Additionally, since languages are communicative tools, the study of languages should also focus attention on developing thinking skills and on helping students clarify their thoughts so that they can be shared with others accurately.  Finally, students need to feel engaged, challenged and rewarded in their learning if that learning is to continue into adulthood. To that end, we work to ensure that the learning of languages in Weston is an intellectually stimulating, enjoyable, and relevant experience for all our students.

Language courses in Weston follow the proficiency model of language instruction reflected in the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks and the National Standards for Education. That is, students are presented with both grammar and vocabulary in context and are encouraged to express themselves in the target language independent of a text as soon as possible. Awareness of cultural differences and similarities is also essential to a complete language education. Interdisciplinary themes allow students to use the language they acquire to learn about their world in general. They also demonstrate a more authentic use for the language as a means of communicating important information.

Teachers use multi-sensory methods such as computers, video, music, drama, food and games to make the material both meaningful and interesting for the students. Each level of instruction focuses attention on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

While Latin does not require the same instructional shift from a more traditional methodology to the proficiency model as do Spanish and French, curricular objectives for Latin have been modified to make study of the language more relevant to students. Projects, games and historical lessons complement working with grammar and vocabulary, which is presented in context and in an age-appropriate manner. In addition, students learn to recognize parts of speech and vocabulary derivatives which enhance their understanding of their native language.

Study skills are an essential part of the curriculum as well. Advanced levels continue to address the classics written in Latin. Students who have attained a reasonable level of mastery in a second language are encouraged to include a third language in their choice of courses in addition to maintaining their second language.

A minimum three-year high school world language course sequence is recommended for students seeking admission to competitive colleges. Many students opt to learn at least one language during all four years at WHS. Colleges express no preference among languages.

Department Contacts

Director: Kathleen Baker
All teachers may be contacted via email by clicking on teacher’s name.

Ms. Kathleen Baker – Spanish/ Director
Ms. Regina Barbosa – Latin
Ms. Laura Berger – Spanish
Dr. Cort Mathers – French
Ms. Ma Ya Tao– Mandarin
Mr. Alejandro Yegros – Spanish

Recent News

national latin examMay 1, 2023-click here to read about the 2023 National Latin Exam results


March 31, 2023

On Friday March 31st, the Latin IV and the AP Latin class took a field trip to The College of the Holy Cross for Classics Day, a daylong series of events relating to the study of Roman culture. A team consisting of 5 of Weston High School students (Finley Campbell, Sofie Watkins, Olivia Jackson, Henry White, and Zunian Luo) made it to the final round of the “Certamen” and ultimately defeated BC High and St Sebastian school for the victory in the Upper Level Division of the Certamen. Congrats to all!

*”Certamen is a quiz-bowl style game for students of Latin, Greek, and classical civilizations. It allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the ancient peoples, languages, and cultures, and the relationships between those topics and the modern world.”

-Mrs. Barbosa and Ms. Quinn

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latin awardIn early December 2022 we had a small group of Latin students opt to participate in the Classical Etymology Exam. The National Classical Etymology Exam (NCEE) is designed to test a student’s ability to handle both Latin and Greek derivatives and their usage in the English language.

Please congratulate the following students on their awards:

Randa Dinno (Latin II)- Bronze Medal
Sasha Iskoz (Latin II)- Bronze Medal
Nate Ko (Latin II)- Bronze Medal
Sebastian Smith (Latin II)- Silver Medal
William Zhang (Latin III)- Bronze Medal
Charlotte Patterson (Latin IV)- Silver Medal
Sofia Watkins (AP Latin)- Silver Medal
Finley Campbell (AP Latin)- Gold Medal


World Language Week is  full of different educational experiences across the district. High School students enjoyed presentations, by both current and former students, on experiences living and working abroad, a presentation for Latin students on life in Ancient Rome, salsa dancing, a presentation by Edmar Colón, a professor at the Berklee College of Music, and the World Language Fair, showcasing student work.  Many thanks to WEEFC for the generous support that made many of these events possible.
Here are some photos from the week!

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