• World Language

     

    The Westerly Public Schools World Language Program will inspire students to welcome the challenge of rigorous study and communicate beyond their native language in a global environment. Teachers will promote linguistic competency and appreciation of cultural diversity .They will establish environments of mutual respect that foster lifelong learning

     

     

     

     

     

    WHS Students Can Travel to Italy in April 2020!!

    We are organizing a school approved field trip to Venice, FLorence and Rome, Italy for April 9-16th, 2020. Initial non-refundable $200 deposits are due by January 1st, 2019. For detailed information regarding this trip please visit the trip site here  

Department Contacts

  • Bellone, Catena

    Email:  cbellone@westerly.k12.ri.us

    Italian and French

    Canty, Wendy

    Email:  wcanty@westerly.k12.ri.us
      French and Spanish

     

    Fisher, Jaclyn

    Email:  jfisher@westerly.k12.ri.us

    Spanish

    Koulbanis, Ide

    Email:  ikoulbanis@westerly.k12.ri.us

    French and World Cultures

    Magliari, Nancy

    Email:  nmagliari@westerly.k12.ri.us
      Italian and Spanish

    Connell, Caitlin

    Email:  caconnell@westerly.k12.ri.us

    Elementary Spanish (FLES)

    Saint, Eloise

    Email:  esaint@westerly.k12.ri.us
      Spanish

    Sposato, Stephen

    Email:  ssposato@westerly.k12.ri.us
      Italian and Spanish

    Steverman, Sarah, Dept. Chair

    Business:  401-315-1566
    Email:  ssteverman@westerly.k12.ri.us
      Spanish, Department Chair

    Vasquez-Hellner, Dora

    Email:  dvasquez@westerly.k12.ri.us
      Spanish
  • What language course should I take next year?

     

    For 9th graders

     

    Global competence is an essential skill for working and living in the 21st century!

    -If you have not taken a world language next year is the year to start! You will be able to complete 2-3 years of the same language before graduation which is what most colleges require. You should select the language and culture that is the most interesting and relevant to you in your life. Motivation is the #1 factor for success with language learning so choose what you want to learn more about!  

    -Upon successful completion of the level of language you were enrolled in this school year, you should continue with the next level next year. Most four year colleges require at least 3 years of a consecutive language for acceptance.

     

    Don’t forget about our semester elective World Cultures! This student directed course is a great opportunity for you to explore history, geography and the way of life in parts of the world you may not experience in your typical course of study.

     

    -If you were not successful this year, don’t give up! Everyone learns at a different pace. Schedule yourself for the same course next year, with a different teacher if available. See you guidance counselor for more information on this path of studies.

    *All students must complete a Global Awareness (World Culture) course prior to graduation-this can be satisfied by any world language course, World Cultures elective or Middle East Studies.

    Questions: Contact Ms. Steverman at ssteverman@westerly.k12.ri.us

    For 10th graders

    Global competence is an essential skill for working and living in the 21st century! Don’t stop now! You have come so far with your language and cultural learning experiences!

    -If you have not taken a world language next year is the year to start! You will be able to complete 2 years of the same language before graduation which is what many colleges require. You should select the language and culture that is the most interesting and relevant to you in your life. Motivation is the #1 factor for success with language learning so choose what you want to learn more about!  

    -Upon successful completion of the level of language you were enrolled in this school year, you should continue with the next level next year. Most four year colleges require at least 3 years of a consecutive language for acceptance.

    -If you were not successful this year, don’t give up! Everyone learns at a different pace. Schedule yourself for the same course next year, with a different teacher if available. See you guidance counselor for more information on this path of studies.

     

    Don’t forget about our semester elective World Cultures! This student directed course is a great opportunity for you to explore history, geography and the way of life in parts of the world you may not experience in your typical course of study.

     

    *All students must complete a Global Awareness (World Culture) course prior to graduation-this can be satisfied by any world language course, World Cultures elective or Middle East Studies.

     

    Questions: Contact Ms. Steverman at ssteverman@westerly.k12.ri.us

     

    For 11th graders

    Global competence is an essential skill for working and living in the 21st century! Don’t stop now! You have come so far with your language and cultural learning experiences!

     

    -Upon successful completion of the level of language you were enrolled in this school year, you should continue with the next level next year. For many of you this will be the decision of AP language, level 5. Know that you have had 4 years to prepare for this course and that you have the skills and confidence necessary to be successful and earn college credit for your language proficiency! Don’t hesitate, register for AP!

     

    -All level 4H and 5AP students will be encouraged to take the Seal of Biliteracy test during the senior year. Upon successful attainment of Intermediate Mid Proficiency, students will be honored at graduation and eligible to attain up to 12 college credits and/or advanced placement in college for this achievement. You are still eligible to take the Seal test even if you are not enrolled in a language course. See a WL teacher for more details.

     

    -If you were not successful this year, don’t give up! Everyone learns at a different pace. Schedule yourself for the same course next year, with a different teacher if available. See your guidance counselor for more information on this path of studies.

     

    Don’t forget about our semester elective World Cultures! This student directed course is a great opportunity for you to explore history, geography and the way of life in parts of the world you may not experience in your typical course of study.

     

    *All students must complete a Global Awareness (World Culture) course prior to graduation-this can be satisfied by any world language course, World Cultures elective or Middle East Studies.

     

    Questions: Contact Ms. Steverman at ssteverman@westerly.k12.ri.us

     

  • WESTERLY HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE LEARNERS SOAR WITH SCORES

     

    In March, 123 students from Westerly High School participated in the level 2, 3 and 4 National Language Exams in Spanish, French and Italian.  This test is given to 6-12th graders in levels 1-6 annually in March and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French.  Westerly High School teachers administering this year’s test were Ms. Sarah Steverman(Spanish), Mrs. Nancy Magliari(Italian), Mr. Stephen Sposato(Italian) and Mrs. Leah Crescenzo(French).  The Westerly Public Schools K-12 World Languages Dept. is chaired by Ms. Sarah Steverman.

     

    Congratulations to the following 12 students who attained national recognition as Honorable Mentions on this year’s examinations: Marissa Berardo, Maya Champ, Philip Chandy, Mollie Clark, Adam Gomez, Lexi Hetu, Brandon Larosa, Jesus Otero, Elliana Parra, Annaliese Seibel, Patrick Sullivan and Eva Treat.

     

    “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 150,000 students participating in 2018.”

     

    In other achievement news this year Westerly High School had 44 total students take the AP Language and Culture exams with 28 for Spanish, 5 for French and 11 for Italian. The results of these tests become available in mid July.

     

    In addition, Westerly High School is proud to announce that 32 seniors have attained the Rhode Island Seal of Biliteracy.  The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to seniors who have attained Intermediate Mid proficiency rating for listening, speaking, reading and writing in at least one other language and English. This year we also have our first tri-literate student who achieved the seal for French and Portuguese proficiency. Her study abroad experience in Portugal along with her classroom experience in French prepared her well for this achievement.  


    These students will be honored at Baccalaureate  on Tuesday June 12th. We are truly proud of our students’ accomplishments in the field of language and cultural proficiency!