Friday, February 17, 2017

Language Teachers Present at NECTFL Conference

Ottoson French teacher, Anne Zachary, and World Language Director, Catherine Ritz, presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in New York city last week, managing to travel despite the pair of snow storms! NECTFL is a regional language teacher conference including states from Maine to Maryland.

Anne presented a session entitled, "Make an Impression: Enhancing Cultural and Linguistic Proficiency With Art," and Catherine presented a session entitled, "Assessing Performance: Moving From Chapter Tests to Authentic Assessments."

A snowy train ride to NYC!

A snowy train ride to NYC!

Attendees at Catherine's session

A slide from Catherine's session

Friday, February 3, 2017

Students Study Linguistics through a "MOOC"

AHS students are able to study Linguistics this year thanks to a Massive Open Online Course, otherwise known as a MOOC. A group of 17 students are currently enrolled in the course, which lasts seven weeks and awards AP level course credit. The course is offered through

The course -- entitled Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics -- offers an introduction to the field of linguistics, exploring topics such as human language versus animal communication, phonology and phonetics, morphology and syntax, pragmatics and semantics, and language in the brain and society. Ms. Ritz, a foreign language teacher and the World Language Director, is serving as the faculty advisor to students taking the course.

Spanish Exchange announced!

The World Language Department will be sponsoring its first Spanish exchange trip to Barcelona and Madrid during April vacation 2018. There will be an informational meeting immediately after school on Friday in Ms. Bassett’s room (508). All interested students should attend in order to pick up applications and to find out more about the program.