World Languages

Department Information

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Welcome To World Languages at Wilton High School!

The Department of World Languages encourages the study of one or more languages to promote global understanding. Language expresses the essence of a people and its study fosters a gradually deepening knowledge of the culture, geography, history and social institutions of another country or countries. In addition, it provides a differing perspective on one’s own culture and language.

World Language study is also a developmental experience which implies progressive learning of the fundamental skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The general goals of the World Language Department are to develop in students an increasing ability:

1) to understand the spoken world language, 2) to read it with ease and enjoyment, 3) to write it, and 4) to speak it. Attaining language proficiency is directly related to the learner’s motivation and to the time and effort expended. All courses in the World Language Program have access to the audio and computer language laboratory facilities. Scheduled language lab programs are designed to reinforce linguistic and lexical skills learned in the classroom, as well as to expand the horizon of language study through the use of cultural materials.

The table below indicates which languages are taught, which sequences are offered, and which electives may be selected. Actual courses depend on sufficient enrollment.


Paths of Study

*Please note that an Independent Study in Greek is also offered. Information on this offering is provided under the Independent Study section in the Special Programs section of the Program of Studies.


Language Honor Societies

The language honor societies at Wilton High School: Spanish Honor Society, French Honor Society, German Honor Society and Latin Honor Society (piloting 2019-2020), are open to students by invitation only. Students are invited to join based on their current teacher's recommendation and cumulative grade (see more details on specific requirements by language below). 

After invitation, students are also evaluated on integrity, honor, responsibility, citizenship, interest, cooperation, trust and other criteria. To evaluate a candidate's character, the committee uses two forms of input: first, school disciplinary records are reviewed; second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate's character and leadership. These forms, with the application materials, are carefully reviewed by the committee to determine membership.

Students are notified regarding selection or non-selection by the individual society. Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance in all criteria (or better) that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at meetings held during the school year and participation in the chapter service projects.


French Honor Society

  • Cumulative grade needed to be considered for invitation:
    • 90% or better at the end of 3rd quarter (in French III or higher)
    • Cumulative average of B or better (exclusive of French)
  • Oral interview in French

German Honor Society

  • Cumulative grade needed to be considered for invitation:
    • 3.6 GPA in German over 3 semesters (in German II or higher)
    • 3.0 Overall GPA
  • Oral interview in German

Spanish Honor Society

  • Cumulative grade needed to be considered for invitation:
    • Spanish IV Honors and Spanish V Honors: 95% or better
    • Spanish IV/V Honors and AP Spanish: 93% or better
  • Letter of intent
  • Oral interview in Spanish

Latin Honor Society (Piloting 2019-2020)



Language Offerings