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Welcome to the World Language Department
The Somerville Public Schools is devoted to the understanding of other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages. Our World Language program is built on the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students and their families. We believe that students who learn another language reach higher academic performance, display greater cognitive benefits, and develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and the speakers of that language.
World Language Video
Learn more about world language options at Somerville High School by watching this video featuring SHS students and staff.
Spanish is offered to students in grades 6, 7 and 8 and to students at Full Circle High School. Somerville High School students may choose from Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese courses. Our curriculum is based upon the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks as well as nationally recognized standards in foreign language education. These learning standards are referred to as the “Five C’s”: Communication, Culture, Connections (to other subject areas), Comparisons (to the native language) and Communities (using the target language outside of the classroom).
World Language in High School and Study Abroad
Somerville High School students have the opportunity to study French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Instruction in the sequential levels stresses the development of language proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as acquiring an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Please visit the Somerville High School World Language page to learn more.
Middle Grades Course of Study
Spanish has traditionally been taught starting in the 6th grade at SPS. The district is currently implementing a pilot, at several schools, that includes a more robust curriculum and increased classroom time for middle graders and begins instruction in the 7th grade. Students may also enroll in the UNIDOS Spanish / English Immersion Program at the East Somerville Community School for students in Grades K-8.