National Foreign Language Week

National Foreign Language Week

Dear Families, Colleagues, and Community Partners,

National Foreign Language Week was first celebrated in the United States in 1957 to recognize the importance of foreign language study. At Hartford Public Schools, we proudly recognize this awareness week, March 7 to March 13, because our World Language programs are part of our mission to provide equitable access to all our students.

To commemorate this week, I would like to highlight the work of our World Language educators and staff. Among our students and families, 83 different languages are spoken and 21% of our students are English Learners. We are so proud of our World Language program offerings in Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin, and the 103 students who earned the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma and transcript in 2020.

The efforts of our teachers and staff to provide engaging, high-quality language programs support our priority to ensure all students graduate ready for college, career and life.

I am grateful for the contributions of our dedicated World Language educators and for all they do for our beautiful and capable students.


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez


English Learner Services, World & Dual Language Programs