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posted 4/13/18

national latin examNational Latin Exam Honors

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. There are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Latin V-VI exam contains two Latin passages as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices.

The philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for all students since, in the National Latin Exam, they are not competing with their fellow students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam. The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.

Gold Medal: Summā Cum Laude
Ezra Gordon- Latin IV Honors
Albert Wu- Latin IV Honors
Neil Malur- Latin II
Silver Medal: Maximā Cum Laude
Abigail Lenox- AP Latin
Lukas Muzila- Latin IV Honors
Annaliesa Dahl- Latin IV Honors
Michael Rodgers- Latin IV Honors
John Lenox- Latin IV Honors
Nicholas Shashkov- Latin III
Charlie Marchiony- Latin II
Peter Lee- Latin II
Miki Chiang- Latin II
Bryant Zeng- Latin II
Katherine Barber- Latin II
Magnā Cum Laude
Jackson Rogers- AP Latin
Katherine Nardone- Latin IV Honors
John Goulart- Latin IV Honors
Sofia Ferrucci- Latin II
Andrea In- Latin II
Nate Icke- Latin II
Nicholas Dahl- Latin II
Chloe Flanigon- Latin II
Zander Ingare- Latin II
Alex Laufer- Latin II
Cum Laude
Olivia Fennell- AP Latin
Kelly Kirk- AP Latin
Daniel Arbel- Latin IV Honors
Phil Sarocco- Latin IV Honors
VJ Rougeau- Latin IV Honors
Lydia O’Connor- Latin IV Honors
Jacob Bass- Latin IV Honors
Shraddha Lulla- Latin III
Anissa Zhang- Latin III
Hayley Levin- Latin III
Emma Lambrecht- Latin II
Margeaux McCaughey- Latin II
Eli Berman- Latin II

Curriculum

The Foreign 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 simulating, enjoyable, and relevant experience for all our students.

Oral 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 foreign language course sequence is recommended for students seeking admission to competitive colleges. Many juniors and seniors use foreign language as one of the three College Board SAT-II subject tests frequently requested for college admissions. Our curriculum does not focus directly on standardized tests other than the Advanced Placement Exams. However, students who have completed the Spanish Intermediate Honors, French Intermediate Honors or Latin IV have been introduced to the full continuum of grammatical concepts and ample vocabulary. In most cases, this prepares students with the skills necessary for success on either the SAT II or the ACT tests. 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 (on leave of absence)
Ms. Laura Noonan – Spanish
Mr. William Hills -Latin
Ms. Kimberly Kasanov – Spanish
Ms. Sophie Kulas – French
Dr. Cort Mathers – French and Spanish
Mr. Nicholas Pezzote – Spanish
Ms. Liliana Smith – Spanish
Ms. Veronica Quinn – Latin
Ms. Ma Ya Tao– Mandarin
Mr. Alejandro Yegros – Spanish

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