World Language

Elizabeth K. Lapman 
Director of English Learners/World Languages 
Hamden Public Schools 
2040 Dixwell Avenue 
Hamden, CT 06517
elapman@hamden.org 
203-407-2205
 

Our Curriculum

Hamden Public Schools offers 5 languages: Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Spanish for Heritage/Native Learners. Our curriculum is based on the World Language Readiness Standards and focuses on literacy, real-world applications of language, and 21st century skills. World Language Teachers strive to conduct classes in the target language 90-100% of the time, use authentic cultural texts, and design communicative activities to push students toward achieving higher proficiency levels. Learning languages prepares us to connect in the multi-lingual and multiple-cultural world we share.

What is Proficiency?

Language proficiency refers to what students can do with the language in terms of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a real-world context, and to what degree. Levels of proficiency are described along a continuum beginning with novice and progressing through intermediate, advanced, superior and distinguished as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). ACTFL’s Can-Do Statements  guide language learners to identify and set learning goals and chart their progress towards language and intercultural proficiency

Our HMS Teachers


Chung Mei D'Attilio
Chinese
203-407-7244

Migdalia Hernandez
Spanish
203-407-7252

Arlene Majka-Spanish,
Spanish for Heritage/
Native Speakers

203-407-7260

Janice Mira-Keenan
Spanish,
Spanish for Heritage/
Native Speakers

203-407-7270

Daniel Robles
Spanish
203-407-7156

Felicia Sgrigneri
Italian
203-407-7132

Diane Sumpter
Spanish
203-407-7127