Foreign Language

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Director of Foreign Language, Rita DiCarlo
rdicarlo@medford.k12.ma.us
781-393-2375

High School Foreign Language Staff

Spanish Teachers
Spain
Ms. Leanne Briand
Ms. Nélida Muñoz Lepore
Ms. Elizabeth Gomez
Ms. Saioa Diez
Mr. Michael Skorker
Ms. Bianca Hoffman

Italian Teachers
Italy
Ms. Rita DiCarlo
Ms. Nicole Chalifoux
Ms. Monica Canetta
Ms. Bianca Hoffman
Ms. Marie Nyland
Ms. Lina Smith

French Teachers
france
Ms. Lina Smith
Ms. Marie Nyland
Ms. Nicole Chalifoux

Middle School Foreign Language Staff

Spanish Teachers
Spain
Ms. Emily Kammerer
Mr. James Dickens

Italian Teachers
Italy
Ms. Adrienne Bonaccorsi
Ms. Adriana Thomas

Elementary School Italian Teachers

Brooks
Ms. Laura Odoguardi
Ms. Mariantonietta Salvati

Columbus
Ms. Laura Odoguardi
Ms. Adele Scaramuzzo

Italy

McGlynn
Ms. Mariantonietta Salvati
Ms. Laura Odoguardi

Roberts
Mrs. Adele Scaramuzzo
Ms. Laura Odoguardi


Foreign Language Department Mission Statement

The Foreign Language Department of the Medford Public Schools is committed to satisfying the requirements of the Curriculum Framework put forth by the state of Massachusetts. It is our goal to prepare students using the best knowledge available regarding foreign language pedagogy and to adapt curriculum and methods to achieve success for the greatest number of students.

Guidelines

We subscribe to the belief that all students should learn a foreign language and that this instruction should begin as early as possible.

Communication is at the heart of what we do. Proficiency and skills development are the foremost goals. The Framework says, “The study of the language system itself, while useful for some students, does not automatically result in the development of the ability to process language in real situations… Most learners learn a modern language best when they are provided opportunities to use the target language to communicate in a wide range of activities.”(p.14-15) Therefore, teachers will use the target language as much as possible in class. Students also are expected to use the language with the teacher, in written work, and in pair or group activities to exchange information or solve problems.

To be truly proficient requires an understanding and appreciation of the peoples who speak the language studied (target language.) This cultural knowledge includes the typical products of culture, history, geography, literature and the arts as well as the common routines and features of everyday life. Knowledge of the target culture(s) as well as an understanding of how it compares to our own is essential for a well-educated person.

Teachers are encouraged to make connections with other disciplines so that students may be challenged to use the higher order thinking skills of synthesis and analysis. Students are also able to take better ownership of the material as they add new facts and restudy the material from a new perspective.

Foreign language, like other subject areas, prepares students for life-long learning. Efforts to make connections to the community, learn technology skills, and develop research abilities are valuable components of the curriculum.

Read more- Essential Learnings Grades 9-12


Exams

Advanced Placement Exams
AP Exam Schedule:

Spanish: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 May 2, 2017
French: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 May 9, 2017
Italian: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 May 10, 2017

Foreign Language National Exams:

National Exams in French, Italian, and Spanish will be offered in the spring. Registration will take place during the month of November. Interested students should register with their foreign language teacher.


Immersion Programs