Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Languages Other Than English Department invites you to join us in inspiring, sharing and instilling a unique passion for learning languages. The LOTE program aims to cultivate, nurture and develop world citizens with an appreciation of a global diverse society.
Learning a Foreign Language is a Mind-Altering Experience
I had this unique experience growing up in Argentina, in a bilingual household that supported the learning of foreign languages. I was raised listening to Spanish and Italian and was encouraged to learn English as an after-school activity, while growing up. In High School and College, I learned French. I realized how lucky I was to be able to understand the lyrics of beautiful songs in many languages and how my world had suddenly expanded beyond my southern borders.
LOTE (Languages Other Than English) department teachers are extremely knowledgeable in Foreign Language pedagogy and keep current with professional development in their field of expertise. My staff and I are strong believers that learning another language opens a window to the world and prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century.
Research has demonstrated that foreign language studies encourage cultural sensitivity, foster critical thinking and problem solving skills and reinforce the curriculum content of other core subjects. The learning process is enhanced by the use of games, songs, technology and visual aids. Students create and present projects that reinforce the listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural requirements specified on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning.
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) puts language at the core of human existence. Through language a human being can express his/her needs and wants, his/her hopes and dreams, and understand the values, needs and wants, and hopes and dreams of others around the world. We live in a multicultural, global society in need of sensitive cultural beings with a desire to connect. I invite you to join me in realizing this dream of inspiring, sharing and instilling in students, a unique passion for learning languages.