The World Languages department is headed by Angela Deandreis.
Westland’s World Languages Department is an essential part of the international minded education that is part of the Middle Years Program.
Westland offers the following language courses - each is linked to the MCPS course information
- French 1, 2 and 3
- Spanish 1, 2 and 3
- Immersion Spanish in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Students in 6th and 7th grade immersion also take World Studies in Spanish.
In MCPS, World Language instruction involves as much of the target language as possible with a goal of 90% target language (French or Spanish) and 10% English for both students and teacher. Students in their first year of language will necessarily have more English usage as they develop language skills, particularly in the first quarter.
Teachers organize lessons and student work around the four language domains: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students engage in each of these activities in the target language every week and are regularly assessed and given feedback formally and informally in each domain.
The link below answers frequently asked questions about world language study and provides information about your options when your child reaches high school if they attened Bethesda Chevy Chase (B-CC).
Resources for Spanish students:
Arts in Spanish:
http://latino.si.edu/ (Smithsonian Latino Center)
Maryland Seal of Biliteracy
Beginning in 2017, MCPS students are able to earn a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma. The Seal recognizes students who are proficient in reading, writing, speaking a listening a language other than English. By starting a language in middle school, students will have the opportunity to continue into highschool and reach a level of proficiency that will earn them the Seal of Biliteracy
In high school, students who are preparing to take an AP or IB exam in high school are candidates for the Seal of Biliteracy. Students who have fluency in a language but who are not taking one of those exams need to contact their high school World Languages Resource Teacher or Resource Counselor as they approach their senior year. You can get more information the Seal of Biliteracy here: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/office/seal-of-biliteracy.aspx
World Language Courses and High School GPA