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World Languages

Students listen to a lecture in a french world language class
student do a traditional dragon dance during the Chinese lunar new year celebration
Students dancing during a hispanic heritage month celebration
Students celebrating Haitian Flag Day
At Norwich Free Academy, we celebrate the diversity of our student body by embracing the richness of many world languages. The primary goal of our World Language program is to develop communication skills in another language while fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity. Students can choose from a range of language options including American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Italian, Latin,  Portuguese , and Spanish. 
Our curriculum emphasizes proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Active participation both in and out of the classroom is essential for student success, and we strongly recommend a minimum of three years of study to achieve proficiency in the selected language.  Students with proficiency in two or more languages are invited to take the test for the Seal of Biliteracy.

Seal of Biliteracy

State of Connecticut Seal of Bileteracy

The Connecticut State Seal of Biliteracy (Public Act 17-29) was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages.

Affixed on the high school diploma and transcript, the Seal of Biliteracy provides immediate recognition of a critical 21st-century language and communication skill.