World Languages

Curriculum Overview


Language is a living, kicking, growing, flitting, evolving reality, and the teacher should spontaneously reflect its vibrant and protean qualities.”

– John A. Rassias

Learning a new language helps students become part of the global community by broadening their horizons and by giving them tools to communicate effectively in this rapidly changing world. The World Language curriculum in Wilton is a roadmap that will lead students to gain a greater understanding of cultural differences. World language study in Wilton will also equip the students linguistically and help them develop proficiency in at least one other language.

Curriculum Resources and Guides

Contact Information

Scott Webster
9-12 Instructional Leader - World Languages Email:
Phone: 203-762- 0381 ext. 6073

Simon Bulenzi
6-8 Instructional Leader - World Languages Email:
Phone: 203-762- 8388 ext. 5109

Cristelle Contreras
3-5 Instructional Leader - World Languages Email:
Phone: 203-762- 3351 ext. 4311

Learner Goals

World Languages Program Goals

Our goals are based on the Connecticut Common Core of Learning standards and the K-12 standards. The standards are communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities. By the end of 12th grade our students will be able to;

Communicate in at least one language other than English

Students will develop all three modes of communication so they are able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and exchange opinions. Students will understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics. They will also present information, concepts and ideas to listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the traditions, products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Make connections with other areas of study and acquire information

Students will reinforce and expand their knowledge of other areas of study through the world language. They will acquire and use information from a variety of sources only available in the world language, using technology, print, audiovisual, media, data and human resources.

Understand the nature of language and cultures through comparisons

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of that world language and their own. They will demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Participate in multilingual communities within a variety of contexts

Students will use the world language both within and beyond the school setting for personal enjoyment, enrichment and active participation.

Program Guiding Principles

Program Core Principles

The Wilton Public Schools has established the following core principles for the instruction of Digital Literacy through the Library Learning Commons:

Instructional Partnerships Throughout All Content Areas: In order for students to be grounded in the literacies of the digital age, Digital Literacy should be viewed as a responsibility shared by all members of the learning community with a strong instructional partnership with the Library Media Specialist. The work of the Learning Commons program is predicated on the philosophy of a collaborative culture that supports innovation, instructional partnerships, and dynamic and evolving resources to meet the current and future needs of our students.

Common Language & Frameworks: Teachers use a set of instructional practices with a common language and framework for inquiry across all content areas. By using consistent strategies and processes, students will form habits of mind to become critical consumers and producers of information in order to pursue passions, make decisions, and solve problems. The Wilton Inquiry Model is an example of such a framework.

Engaging and Innovative Learning Environments with Global Connections: Teachers organize flexible learning environments that enable students to engage in authentic tasks, pursue passions and interests, make connections, generate original ideas, and collaborate and contribute to the learning of others. Teachers and students will demonstrate global awareness by engaging with learners from other environments and cultures.

Project Based Performance Tasks: A productive partnership among various content areas, along with high quality instruction are critical for students’ success in project based learning. Teachers and students need frequent opportunities for inquiry driven, authentic tasks that access the technology and resources available to them. Formative and summative performance tasks will be clear, relevant, and designed for an authentic audience. Performance assessments provide data that informs both the teacher and learner on their progress towards learning goals.

Literacies: It is essential to develop fluency in both the foundational and evolving literacies emerging from the rapid changes in the world of information and communication. These literacies are fluid- they are not tied to a specific content, medium or technology. Both the traditional literacies (reading, writing, speaking, listening, numeracy) and evolving/emerging literacies are integral to citizenship in the digital age. Instruction must provide active engagement with these literacies in order to establish the transfer and adaptability of these skills. The Learning Commons Program supports the instruction of all critical literacies through the curation of appropriate resources, tools and expertise to teach students in the digital age. All teachers provide opportunities and choices for students to communicate, innovate and problem-solve using print-based and non-print-based literacies.

Creating Connections Through Home-School and Community Partnerships: The Library Learning Commons strengthens communication and the essential home-school partnership through a common and dynamic interface with our school community. Access is 24/7 to a wide array of curated tools and resources. Our families are empowered through strengthened communication, access, and education. Students practice skills and share projects and tools beyond our physical walls. All members of our school community have access to educational programs, opportunities to learn beyond the school day, and a chance to view performances and student projects virtually.

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