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World Languages

The Western World Languages Department offers Spanish and French, levels I through V.  Levels III & IV are Honors courses, and level V is the college level Advanced Placement course.  In the USA, our largest minority is Hispanics, so therefore we have high enrollment in Spanish classes.  French is the third most spoken language in Maryland and several other states.  Western has four Spanish teachers and one French teacher, who teaches six classes of all five levels.  

BCPS is increasing rigor, and our county has a new, very rigorous curriculum that has been introduced.  Students should be very diligent as they learn these foreign languages; students are expected to study for at least a half hour every night and to complete all their homework, class work, activities, and projects at their best ability.

The World Language Department celebrates National Foreign Language Week during the first week of March.  Students are given motivational activities, and they participate in a foreign language trivia contest, with several lucky students winning a cool prize.  Students and teachers alike also sample food and drinks from the target countries – crepes, flan, enchiladas, Cuban sandwiches, and more.  The front lobby display case shows beautiful display of objects from around the world.  A bulletin board displays pictures of Western students who represent over two dozen different languages and countries from all over the globe.