World Languages Department

At Wayland Middle School we are proud to offer LatinFrenchSpanish, and Chinese!
We are very excited to begin world language learning in grade 6 in 2020-2021!
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The goal of the World Languages Program at Wayland Middle School is to instill a love of learning another language in each young person. Our program values the communicative method focusing on what students are able to do with the language, called proficiency. Communicative aspects, speaking and writing, are embedded in the cultures of countries in which the target language is or was spoken. Students are encouraged to think about comparisons and make connections in the target language. A kinesthetic and collaborative approach is embraced in the classroom, which is supported by visual and auditory cultural tools.

Klara Sands - World Languages Curriculum Leader                                       klara_sands@wayland.k12.ma.us                                            

Frequently Asked Questions:


For upcoming 6th grade families:
I. When do students sign up to take a language?
The majority of students make their language choice in March of their 5th grade. Those who are not yet ready to start a language at that time may do so in subsequent grades.

II. Will my child get his/her first choice of language?
Your child is guaranteed one of his/her top two choices. 

III. Is signing up for a language at Wayland Middle School a 3-year commitment?
Yes. The beauty of starting a language at the middle school level is that the novice level (Level 1) is broken down into Level 1A (in 6th grade) and Level 1B (in 7th grade) and Level 1C (in 8th grade.) At the end of this three-year introductory study, students will approach novice high/intermediate low proficiency in the language. Therefore, students will be ready for Level 2 (intermediate levels) at the High School.


For upcoming 7th grade families:
I. When do students sign up to take a language?
The majority of students make their language choice in March of their 6th grade following a school-wide celebration called World Languages Week.  Those who are not yet ready to start a language at that time may do so in 8th or 9th grade.

II. Will my child get his/her first choice of language?
Your child is guaranteed one of his/her top two choices. 

II. Is signing up for a language at Wayland Middle School a 2-year commitment?
Yes. The beauty of starting a language at the middle school level is that the novice level (Level 1) is broken down into Level 1A (in 7th grade) and Level 1B (in 8th grade.)  At the end of this two-year introductory study, students will approach novice high proficiency in the language. Therefore students will be ready for Level 2 (intermediate levels) at the High School.


For upcoming 9th grade families:

I. What is the criteria for recommending students to an Honors vs. a College Prep level course at Wayland High School?
A student who consistently "exceeds expectations" and demonstrates reaching for the Intermediate Low level will have earned the recommendation into an Honors level course at the High School.

II. Are Novice level courses (Latin1, French1, Spanish1, Chinese1) offered at Wayland High School?
Yes. However, any course must have at least 10 participants in order for a class to run. Spanish 1 class is offered yearly due to interest. Latin 1, French 1, Chinese 1 do not run every year at the HS.



General:

I. Is language instruction leveled?
Language courses are not leveled at WMS. Anyone who is ready and yearns to learn a new language has an opportunity to do so.

II. Can a student change his/her language selection at the middle school level?
No. 
In order to complete the novice level and be ready for the intermediate level at the high school, student must complete the middle school sequence. Student may select another language at the high school level.


Name Grade Email 
Extension 
Maria Alcocer  7      maria_alcocer@wayland.k12.ma.us 3801 
Chiunfan Chang
 7 & 8      chiunfan_chang@wayland.k12.ma.us 2406
Katherine De Lima  7 & 8      katherine_delima@wayland.k12.ma.us 2411
Leigh Netcoh
 7 & 8      leigh_netcoh@wayland.k12.ma.us
2440
Klara Sands
7 & 8
     klara_sands@wayland.k12.ma.us 2456
Jada Williams 7 & 8      jada_williams@wayland.k12.ma.us 2462

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