Welcome to the World Language Department at the Westwood Regional School District!
At WWRSD, all K-5 students have Spanish instruction under the direction of certified specialists once a week for forty minutes. Mrs. Alaina Schinn is the elementary Spanish Instructor at George and Washington schools, and Mrs. Ivanova Araujo is the elementary Spanish instructor at Brookside and Berkeley schools. One of the methods that the elementary teachers incorporate into their lessons is Total Physical Response or TPR. TPR is a powerful linguistic tool where a teacher utters a verbal direction and the student responds with a physical action. For example, an instructor might ask the students to place their hands on their head in Spanish, and the students will prove that they understand the teacher’s sentence structure and vocabulary by correctly placing their hands on their heads.
In 6th and 7th Grade, a more diverse array of language options is available to the students, as World Language is a core course. The 6th and 7th Grade Students have World Language class every day for forty minutes and can take French with Mrs. Maria Hittinger or advance their knowledge of the Spanish Language and Culture with Mrs. Vanessa Cardenas, Mrs. Allison Sans, and Mrs. Raquel Tome. Nationalities, telling time, school subjects, expressing opinions, and family are some of the thematic units that are explored in the middle school World Language classrooms.
In addition to unit study, students have an opportunity to further their knowledge of French and Spanish culture out of the classroom by joining the French & Spanish Club. Finally, international cuisine is explored in June at the end the year French and Spanish Food Festival.
World Language instructors at the high school incorporate best practice in their content area by evaluating their students’ progress with Integrated Performance Assessments or IPA. In a traditional IPA, the teacher selects a unit based theme and the students are assessed across the interpretive mode (reading and/or listening), interpersonal mode (speaking and listening), and presentational mode (speaking and/or writing).
The French and Spanish Honor Societies are extra-curricular academic activities for students to further engage in the learning of World Languages.
All members of the World Language Department are committed to professional development and are encouraged to join professional organizations (FLENJ-Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey and ACTFL-American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language).