West Millbrook Magnet Middle School 

An International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme School (IB MYP)

Language Acquisition

Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to students’ identity affirmation.

The study of  languages in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, viewing and behaving in the world.

The ability to communicate in a variety of modes, in more than one language, is essential to the concept of an international education. The language acquisition course provides a linguistic and academic challenge for students in order to facilitate the best possible educational experience.

Learn More About Our Teachers
Spanish - French - Chinese -  English as a New Language (ESL)

Our Language Acquisition teachers are committed to a focus on performance and proficiency. Skill-building is the key to improving proficiency. As such, our teachers are committed to helping our students build the skills they need along the path to biliteracy. Advancing in proficiency levels requires intentional skill-building on behalf of the student.

Mrs. Emily Prijatel

Spanish Teacher
eprijatel@wcpss.net

Mrs. Maria Ces-Carou

Spanish Teacher
mces-carou@wcpss.net


Mrs. Laura Hudgins Palmieri

Spanish Teacher
lhudginspalmieri@wcpss.net 

Mr. Mark Bruce

French Teacher
mbruce2@wcpss.net


Ms. Yiling Qi

Chinese Teacher
yqi@wcpss.net 

Ms. Laetitia Lafitte

French/Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Leah Harkness

ESL Teacher
lharkness@wcpss.net 

Ms. Eva Zarzar

ESL Teacher
ezarzar@wcpss.net 

Our Year 3 Spanish students were featured in a Galician newspaper. Sra. Ces & students studied cultural  & social events earlier this year & that included Eurovision's talent competition. Months later, the students learned that a band from Galicia, Sra Ces's hometown, made it to the finale, & the media whirlwind began!