World Languages

The World Languages department feels that the term “foreign” is outdated. We are moving forward with our vision of what we feel is the future of education, at the core of which is the development of an understanding of another culture, which brings with it new ways of thinking.

Learning a world language is more than just learning to communicate with a new vocabulary—it is about opening a door to another world, and creating links between our students and the cultures that we represent and teach. We believe our students will learn more, and develop a deeper commitment and interest in the language, if we actively pursue our language instruction from a global, current, interdisciplinary perspective. With this articulated goal, we make no distinction between classical and modern languages. In all three of our World language offerings, Latin, French and Spanish, we strive for mastery in each and every aspect of language acquisition, integrating reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Entering students choose which language they wish to study and are placed at a level in the study of that language that best reflects their past records and abilities. To ensure proper placement, all students who request a course beyond level I are asked to take a placement assessment to determine the appropriate course. Subsequent progression through the various levels of study is monitored by the Department.

 

 

Course Offerings

  • French I
  • French II
  • Honors French III: Composition and Conversation
  • Honors French IV: Composition and Conversation
  • Honors Advanced French: French Conversation and Composition (offered 2015-16)
  • Honors Advanced French: Francophone Civilizations (offered 2016-17)
  • Advanced Placement French Language and Culture
  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Honors Latin III: Composition and Conversation
  • Advanced Placement Latin
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Honors Spanish III: Composition and Conversation
  • Honors Spanish IV: Hispanic Cultures and Compositions
  • Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture
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