June 23, 2024

World Language & Culture Department


Bienvenidos, Willkommen & Bienvenue to the World Language & Culture Department at HHS! 

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The 2023-24 school year begins! We have lots of news to share and some highlights from last year. French students put their language skills to use on the interdisciplinary Global Citizenship Trip to Morocco last spring and on the French program day trip to Magog last fall. Spanish students visited the ICA in Boston to see exhibits by artists from Colombia and El Salvador and the Hood Museum in Hanover to see Printing the Revolution, an exhibit about the connection between Chicano art and social movements. Finally, the World Language Club made treats from around the world for Exhibition Night. Here are a few pictures from those adventures and other language events.

We have lots on the agenda for the fall, including the installation of our mural, painting additional panels, and getting World Language Club up and running. If you would like to join, come to Language Lunch any Tuesday in Profe & Maestra's room (123) or email or talk with any of us.

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Language Lunch - Every Tuesday in Room 123

Staff PosterThe Global to Local chat series we started last year has moved to lunch this year. Every Tuesday, our World Language Club and any other students who want to join hear stories from students, staff, and community members about their  international and language-learning experiences. If you are a member of the HHS or Hartford community and have a world language or culture story to share, please contact us! Email hluchyjk@hartfordschools.net.

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News from the French Program:

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Allison Litten joins us to teach French. Madame is passionate about the French language and culture and is eager to provide her students with comprehensible input to develop their skills. She loves to share with other teachers and blogs about her classroom experiences and ideas at cicanteach.com. Allison holds a BA from Williams College and MAs from Middlebury College and the University of Mississippi. She was named Vermont Foreign Language Association Teacher of the Year in 2019. Her favorite places to travel are France, Québec, and Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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News from the Spanish Program -  

SpainNatalie Chaput joins us to teach Spanish and World Language Lab this year. Maestra has been happily teaching for 16 years. She has spent the past few years building the Hartford Spanish program at the White River and Dothan Brook schools. Natalie has traveled extensively through Spain and on service trips in Costa Rica and Mexico. She loves to crochet, run, and read. She welcomes latte deliveries, hot or iced. You can find Maestra and Profe in Room 123, our Spanish space.

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News from the German Program - 

HHS german programWe are pleased to announce that Hartford High School has been named a “School of Distinction” by the German American Partnership Program (GAPP)!  We have been a GAPP school for over a decade and have partnered with schools in Heidelberg, Trier, and now Kronach, Germany.  The exchange program promotes international cooperation and empathy by having partner schools visit each other, immerse themselves in the local community and work together on service-learning projects.  

A group of Hartford students will be traveling to Germany this year for two weeks, and our partner school will visit us next year.  This program is open to students who take Advanced Topics in German, an upper-level German class.

There will be a ceremony to hang the plaque and to kick off the school year in early September.  Please see Mr. Hinman for more information about the GAPP exchange program.


German Exchange Program

Hartford is a GAPP school (German-American Partnership Program), which means we participate in a two-week exchange with a school in Germany.  Our current partner school is the Frankenwald Gymnasium, a high school located in northern Bavaria.  Hartford students travel to Germany as a culminating capstone experience in German 4.  During the exchange, students stay with host families and immerse in the daily life of the host community.  The exchange includes community service-learning projects in both countries.  Projects have included: working at the Listen Center in WRJ; doing trail work and river restoration; partnering with elementary school students, and refugees; working at the ice-fishing derby in Quechee; and the community food shelf in Kronach.

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Spanish Immersion & Service Learning Project

Over the past ten years, HHS Spanish students have traveled on interdisciplinary service learning trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, and Ecuador. We work as a group to raise funds and prepare for the trip by learning about the culture of the place we will visit. We have established the HHS Travel Equity Fund to ensure that any student can participate in these opportunities, regardless of economic situation. Stay tuned for future opportunities as the global health situation permits us to begin to explore the world again!   

HHS Spanish Immersion Photos

La France (2018 & 2015) et la Martinique (2017)

During April break 2019, French teacher Scott Tarbox took his students to France.  This one of several trips he has taken with his students.

France 2019

IMG_0731.JPGDuring Spring break 2019, a group of students with chaperones Mr. Tarbox and Dr. Brzozowski, traveled to France through the Globalworks Student Travel organization.  We arrived in Paris and immediately after leaving the airport, started touring the city.   We spent two nights at a international youth hostel in the middle of Paris, visiting the Louvre, Montparnasse, the Eiffel Tower, and ate dinner at a couple of famous French restaurants.  One of our students recorded that we walked about 12 miles each day while still giving us time to visit many cool Parisian landmarks!    

After Paris, we went directly to Carcassonne in the south of France where students stayed with host families to practice their French and learn about the culture.  During the days we were there, our group toured the fortified city of Carcassonne, participated in activities at a youth center, wandered through the small villages in the region, and helped out on a restoration project.  We also hiked to several of the Cathar castles built in the 12th century and learned about their way of life.  Many tourist destinations also have a bookstore, so you can always learn more about the historic sites you’ve visited.

Some of the passing comments I heard included:  “I didn’t realize I knew so much French until I had to talk with my host family!”  and “How can I stay here longer?  France is awesome!”   The trip was an excellent way to reward students for all their hard work while still having fun.  


Martinique 2017

French culture in the Carribean: Martinique is a small island close to South America, in which locals speak both French and Martinican Creole.  We left from Montreal and arrived several hours later in the capital of Fort-de-France.  We learned the history of Martinique from our tour director and from those working in local museums.  (There was even a museum dedicated to the many different varieties of banana trees on a large farm.)

We listened to some local music on the radio while working on a small organic form, toured the city market, visited a leatherback turtle nesting site, and spent time at a local high school.  We discussed in French the differences between Vermont and Martinique, hobbies, and things to do in the area.  We also spent several days visiting other small villages and cities throughout the island and each night eating fresh seafood and regional specialties.  

Students stayed on a cliffside resort in a surfing town with a perfect view of the ocean in the evening.  Mornings included drives to cultural landmarks after a typical French breakfast of chocolate croissants, yogurt, fruit, and coffee.   Students learned the history of Martinique’s colonial past and how sugar was traditionally made from the large stalks that are actually giant blades of grass.  With so much to do, the week really flew by.

2014 Trip to Germany

HHS and JSS students walk along the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg.

Our partner school in Germany is the Frankenwald Gymnasium, located in the town of Kronach, in northern Bavaria.

We look forward to continuing our exchange once the pandemic is over!

In year's past, we have partnered with schools in Trier (Max Planck Gymnasium) and Heidelberg (Julius Springer Schule).  Groups of students travel from Germany to Hartford, and vice-versa.  Students stay with host families to experience the daily life of the host community.  Trips last approximately two weeks and include community service projects in both countries.  Projects have included: working at the Listen Center in WRJ; doing trail work and river restoration; partnering with elementary school students, and refugees; and the community food shelf in Kronach.

To learn more about the German Exchange Program, please visit our page.


Travel and Hosting Programs

HHS and JSS students walk along the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg.
HHS and JSS students walk along the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg.

HHS students work at a food shelf in Kronach Germany
HHS students work at a food shelf in Kronach, Germany

JSS and HHS students collaborate on a project
JSS and HHS students collaborate on a project.

FWG and HHS students eat dinner together
FWG and HHS students eat dinner together