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Curriculum Leader
Debbie Sommer
Curriculum Leader
Debbie Sommer

High School Foreign Language Instructional Leaders:

Bethel High School
Dina Headrick
Hampton High School
Jackie Yau
Kecoughtan High School
Melanie Thompson
Phoebus High School
Jennifer Lopez

Courses Offered:

French I German I
French II German II
French III German III
French IV/V German IV
Latin I Spanish I
Latin II Spanish II
Latin III Spanish III
Latin IV Spanish IV/V
AP Latin: via DLC

photo of two girls in a classroom looking at booksThe Foreign Language Department seeks to provide the opportunity for students to achieve linguistic fluency in a second language and to develop cultural understanding of the people and countries where the language is spoken. Within the scope of the level of study, students will be able to perform with reasonable success in each of the following areas:


  • Students will learn to communicate with others in a language other than English.
  • Students will improve their understanding of and ability to communicate in the English language
    by comparing and contrasting another language with their own.


  • Students will develop an awareness of and an appreciation for another people’s unique way of life,
    the patterns of behavior that order their world, and the ideas and perspectives that guide their behaviors.
  • Students will learn about other cultures’ contributions to the world and how these contributions have
    shaped international perspectives.


  • Students will connect with other disciplines through foreign language study, enabling them to reinforce
    and expand their understanding of the interrelationships among content areas.
  • Students will access information in more than one language, giving them a greater range of resources
    and richer base of knowledge


  • Students will respond to and contribute to their communities and the world in a more informed and
    effective manner as a result of the global perspective gained in a foreign language class.
  • Students will gain additional prospects for further education and career opportunities as a result of foreign language study

The content of the Modern Foreign Language Standards of Learning is organized around the following seven essential stands:

  • Person-to-Person Communication
  • Listening and Reading for Understanding
  • Oral and Written Presentations
  • Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products
  • Making Connections through Language
  • Cultural and Linguistic Comparison
  • Communication across Communities

Elementary Curriculum Guides:


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