World Languages Department

At Wayland Middle School we are proud to offer LATIN, FRENCHSPANISH, and CHINESE!
(Click on each language to get to its WMS website.)
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, called proficiency, which focuses on what students are able to do with the language. 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, which is supported by visual and auditory cultural tools, is embraced in our classrooms.

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

                   World Languages Program at WMS - Link to Slideshow Overview                                          


 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 before February break of their 5th grade year. Those who are not yet ready to start a language at that time may do so in subsequent grades.

II. How do students sign up to take a language?
Students sign up for their choice of language by filling out a Google Form linked to their elementary school website between February 12th and 14th, 2020. 

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

IV. Is signing up for a language at Wayland Middle School a commitment for the duration of my child's middle school career?
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.) This provides students with enough hours with the language to be able to reach the novice high/intermediate low level at the end of middle school. Therefore, students will be ready for Level 2 (intermediate levels) at the High School.

V. My child is a native speaker of language "X." Should my child sign up for the same language at the middle school?
Short answer would be "NO." Our classes are novice level courses designed for students with 0% experience with that language. Your child should chose another language to study.
Longer answer. It depends. If your child wants to gain the knowledge of the writing system, for example in Chinese, your child may consider entering the novice levels. Although they may understand orally what is being discussed they may be challenged by learning how to write the language. 

VI. Can my child start Latin 1, French 1 or Chinese 1 at the high school?
Short answer would be "NO." Novice level classes at the high school only run if the enrollment warrants it (at least 10 interested students.) Your best bet, if you'd like to start learning any of these three, would be to start the learning at the middle school level.

VII. Can my child start Spanish 1 at the high school?
Short answer is "YES." This introductory course tends to run each year because there are enough students interested in starting it at the high school.  

VIII. Are upper level classes for all languages offered at the high school?
Yes. All languages have a robust level 2,3,4, and AP class offering at the high school. Your child could take each language for 7 years in our system and reach the "intermediate high level" of proficiency. 

IX. When do students find out what language they have gotten?
Students find out when they get their schedule in August. 



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. How do students sign up to take a language?
Students sign up for their choice of language by filling out a Google Form linked to the middle school website (home page) between March 9th to March 12th. 

III. Will my child get his/her first choice of language?

Your child is guaranteed one of his/her top two choices. 

IV. Is signing up for a language at Wayland Middle School a commitment for the duration of my child's middle school career?
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.) This provides students with enough hours with the language to be able to reach the novice high at the end of middle school. Therefore, students will be ready for Level 2 (intermediate levels) at the High School.

V. My child is a native speaker of language "X." Should my child sign up for the same language at the middle school?
Short answer would be "NO." Our classes are novice level courses designed for students with 0% experience with that language. Your child should chose another language to study.  
Longer answer. It depends. If your child wants to gain the knowledge of the writing system, for example in Chinese, your child may consider entering the novice levels. Although they may understand orally what is being discussed they may be challenged by learning how to write the language. 

VI. Can my child start Latin 1, French 1 or Chinese 1 at the high school?
Short answer would be "NO." Novice level classes at the high school only run if the enrollment warrants it (at least 10 interested students.) Your best bet, if you'd like to start learning any of these three, would be to start the learning at the middle school level.

VII. Can my child start Spanish 1 at the high school?
Short answer is "YES." This introductory course tends to run each year because there are enough students interested in starting it at the high school.  

VIII. Are upper level classes for all languages offered at the high school?
Yes. All languages have a robust level 2,3,4, and AP class offering at the high school. Your child could take each language for 7 years in our system and reach the "intermediate high level" of proficiency. 

IX. When do students find out what language they have gotten?
Students find out when they get their schedule in August. 




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 (Latin 1, French 1, Spanish 1, Chinese 1) offered at Wayland High School?
Yes. However, any course must have at least 10 participants in order for the class to run. Based on the enrollment numbers each year Latin 1, French 1 and Chinese 1 are not always offered. Spanish 1 tends to run every year 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  6 & 7      maria_alcocer@wayland.k12.ma.us 3801 
Chiunfan Chang
 6 & 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
6 & 7 & 8
     klara_sands@wayland.k12.ma.us 2456
Jada Williams 7 & 8      jada_williams@wayland.k12.ma.us 2462

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