World Languages & ENL

Bienvenido/ Salut / Huānyíng / Welcome to Midwood World Languages & ENL Department

The goal of the World Language Department is to ensure that students achieve near-native fluency in one of three target languages offered, while experiencing and appreciating their respective cultures. We also offer electives in French & Spanish. In the courses, the department provides early training in speaking, writing, listening, and readings skills. As per the National Standards, the World Languages Department incorporates the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational.
We encourage our students to take a three-year sequence in the same language to gain a solid foundation. We then motivate scholars to go on to a fourth year of study in order ensure mastery in the career they wish to pursue and/or to meet College Board standards. We currently offer Advanced Placement classes in French and Spanish.
Faculty members of the World Language Department bring authentic cultural experiences as well as a strong command of the target language to their classes. Some of our cultural activities include an annual Asian festival, an annual Hispanic festival, field trips, Hispanic Honor Society, and various clubs. Students who complete the AP course are also encouraged to pursue the NYS Seal of Biliteracy.
Following Midwood High School mission of instilling core values of HONESTY, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY, our program aims to broaden student horizons, to empower them with better communication skills, and to develop open and inquisitive minds. We are working on building and applying the concept of “vertical teams,” so that when a student begins an AP course he or she will be familiar with most, preferably all, grammatical structures and verb tenses. In theory, the AP Language and Culture course should be a review course in which students achieve mastery in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.