South Orangetown Central School District

Cottage Lane Elementary School fourth-graders are getting an introduction to the French, Italian and Spanish languages this spring from members of Tappan Zee High School’s world languages honor societies. 

We are so happy that we were able to reinstate the program this year,” said TZHS World Languages Team Leader Maria Bruno. “The high school students are so excited to be sharing their love of world languages with the elementary school students.”

Over the course of nine weeks, classes participate in three, in-person and student-led sessions of each of the languages offered at our middle and high schools. Lessons cover simple greetings, colors, expressing likes and dislikes and numbers. Each group of high school students collaborated on developing lesson plans and an engaging presentation style. 

Hearing the fourth-graders practicing their new language skills brought a smile to our honor society members’ faces,” Bruno noted. “We are grateful for the warm welcome that the teachers and administrators at Cottage Lane have given us and we really appreciate the continued support of our high school administration to provide all of our students with this unique opportunity. We sincerely hope that this experience will spark curiosity and inspire these young students to learn more about world languages and cultures as they move through middle and high school.”

The TZHS World Language Ambassador program at CLE was first suggested by a high school student and launched in 2017 by the Italian Honor Society and Italian Club, Bruno and Italian teacher Tricia Castelli (now retired).

TZHS student teaches language class at CLE