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World Languages Department

Assistant Director of World Languages:  Cynthia Piantedosi

Telephone: 781-314-5663


Benvenuti! Bienvenue! ¡Bienvenidos! Salve!

Welcome to the World Languages page for the Waltham Public Schools!


World Languages Department Goals:

The WHS World Language Department provides students of Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin the opportunity to develop language and cultural competency in the target language. The goal of studying a world language is to prepare students to understand and to interact with people from diverse cultures. Students become proficient in the target language through speaking, listening, reading, writing and using technology. Our goals are consistent with the standards set forth in the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework and ACTFL.

WHS students are encouraged to study a world language for their entire four years of their high school career.  We expect that students will enhance their proficiency at each level of language and will meet the 21st Century Learning Expectations within the context of their course of study. We expect students will be able to speak and write effectively, to understand authentic speech and writing, and to respond appropriately to cultural differences. In a global community, it is essential that students are prepared to understand and interact with people from all cultures.


2015 World Languages

3rd Annual International Fair

World Language classrooms become host countries, displaying history, culture, foods, and realia created by WHS students.

Click to view some pictures


WHS Italian Club's

2015 Italian Night

Italian Night is a celebration of Italian culture with food, music, dancing, raffles, and socializing.

Click to view pictures


 


WHS Spanish Club's

2015 Sabor Latino

Sabor Latino is a celebration of Hispanic culture with         food, music, dancing, and socializing.

 


WHS French Club

 


WHS Latin Club

 


A few World Languages Expressions:

French:

Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l'auras.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
"One that you hold is better than two that you will have."

Source: French Proverbs

 

Italian:

In bocca al lupo!

(Into the mouth of the wolf!) is an informal way to say Good luck!

It probably has its origins in a hunting expression.

You don't reply with thank you but rather Crepi il lupo! (May the wolf croak!)

source: 10 Common Italian Idioms

 

Latin:

Dum satur est venter, gaudet caput inde libenter.

Translation: When the belly is full, the head is pleased.

English equivalent: Full stomach, contented heart.

Source: Latin Proverbs

 

Spanish:

No se ganó Zamora en una hora.

(Zamora was not won in an hour)

English equivalent = Rome was not built in a day

source: wikibooks


World Languages Dream Vacations:

France  

  


Current Events in World Language Classes:

  • The 2nd Annual International Fair - World Language classrooms become host countries, displaying history, culture, foods, and realia created by WHS students.

  • Italian Night - a celebration of Italian culture with food, music, dancing, raffles, and socializing

  • Sabor Latino - a celebration of Hispanic culture with food, music, dancing, and socializing

National Standards for Foreign Language Education - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


 

World Languages 

Staff Directory:

Barsamian, Jennifer

Italian

Carolan, John

Spanish

Cerrato, Christina

Spanish

Diesso, Jean

Spanish, French

Geaney, Lisa

Spanish

Girard, Katherine

Spanish

Hart, Sandy Camilleri

Italian

Marini, Elpidio

Spanish & Italian

Mower, Karen

Latin

Piantedosi, Cynthia

Italian

Rudnansky, Vanessa

French

Vicenzi, Sara

Spanish


 

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