World languages are open to all students. The students in World Language classrooms are grouped heterogeneously. Each course follows the same syllabus appropriate to its level and is consonant with ACTFL National Standards and Maine State Learning Results. The department policy is to make whatever accommodations are deemed necessary to make the material accessible to students with special needs.  The World Languages program is an elective program, as there is no graduation requirement for foreign language; approximately 70% of the student body is currently enrolled in a world language course over the last four years.

Four-year coursework is offered in French and Spanish, with the fourth year following an Advanced Placement Language syllabus, as approved by the College Board AP Audit. In Spanish, the student has the option to take the College Preparatory focus instead. Students have the option of taking the Advanced Placement Language Exam. In Spanish, there is a Regular and Honors focus at all levels. The same distinction exists for French at level III only. Students may also choose to take a one-year enrichment course in Japanese, Italian, Russian, German and Mandarin Chinese on a rotating basis. Our curriculum provides comprehensive preparation for further university studies and international experiences.

The national trend in World Languages is to emphasize language proficiency with less emphasis on traditional grammar and vocabulary acquisition. This trend is reflected in the National Standards, as delineated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, as well as in the AP Audit required by the College Board. The most essential skill is proficiency- i.e. use of the target language at each level. We offer a proficiency-based curriculum which emphasizes maximum student use of the language in class through collaborative activities, integrated technology, and the use of varied media.

You can find World Languages Department Faculty Websites at the links below:

The World Languages Department organizes alternating trips to France and Spain during April vacation. You can see photos of the most recent trips on the LA International Club Facebook Page.

Contact Information

Lourdes Von Vogt : World Languages Department Head—International Club Co-Advisor
Lourdes Von Vogt

Lourdes Rodriguez-Von Vogt was born in Chicago of Puerto Rican parents. As a first generation Puerto Rican, she grew up immersed in two worlds, linguistically, physically and culturally, that of Chicago and Puerto Rico.. Lourdes studied her junior year in Barcelona, Spain where she met her husband, Carl. She has since studied in Paris, France (Alliance Française), Perugia, Italy (Università per Stranieri), and Quebec City, Canada (Université Laval).  Prior to coming to Lincoln Academy in 1990, she taught Italian in Chicago at the University of Illinois, and Spanish at Gordon Technical High School. In total, she has taught 35 yrs. In 2005, Lourdes was a finalist for the Maine Teacher of the Year. Lourdes and Carl live in South Bristol and have twin sons, Michael and Matthew, who are also Lincoln Academy graduates. Her interests include singing in a choral group, dancing, cooking, travel, playing tennis, and cycling.  She is also an AP Consultant and is currently on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Test Development Committee.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Spanish Language (Minor in Linguistics), University of Illinois, Chicago
M.A. Spanish Linguistics-University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

(207) 563-3596 ext. 209
Lyn Bass : World Languages Faculty—Advisor, Civil Rights Team
Lyn Bass
Mrs. Lyn Bass was born and raised in Midcoast Maine. A daughter of a language teacher, she studied at the University of Seville as an undergraduate and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelors degree in Spanish. After teaching in several schools in the Midcoast, she moved to Barcelona, Spain to teach for several years before returning to Maine. Mrs. Bass lives in Waldoboro with her husband Paul and daughter Tallulah.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Spanish, University of Maine
Carl Von Vogt : World Languages Faculty—International Club Co-Advisor
Carl Von Vogt

Carl studied in Barcelona, Spain for his junior year of college and has since studied in Paris, France, Perugia, Italy, and Quebec City, Canada. Before coming to Lincoln Academy in 1990, Carl taught at the University of Illinois, and his high school Alma Mater, in Chicago, Illinois. In total, Carl has taught 40 yrs.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(207) 563-3596 ext. 312
Alison Welch : World Languages Faculty—2018 Team Leader—Governance Co-chair—International Club Advisor
Alison Welch

Alison Welch was born in Connecticut but grew up in Waterloo, Belgium where she attended a French-speaking Belgian school for 5 years. Alison taught at schools in Louisiana, Connecticut and at the Carrabassett Valley Academy at Sugarloaf Mountain prior to arriving at Lincoln Academy in the fall of 1993. She lives in Hope with many four-legged friends. Alison spends a lot of time with her two sons, Jake, currently an engineering major at UMaine at Orono, and Will, a student at Maine Maine Maritime Academy. She enjoys riding and  training horses, and competes them in three-phase events. Other interests include traveling, hiking, kayaking, downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and spending summers on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. She is also the team leader the Class of 2018 and was accepted at an AP Reader for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Exam. In addition, she serves as co-chair of the LA Governance Committee.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Government and French, Bowdoin College

(207) 563-3596 ext. 202