World Languages Department
The World Languages Department strives to bring our target languages, French and Spanish, to life in the classroom. Beginning students acquire language through meaning-based instruction in the context of stories, songs, personalized questions and answers, and physical response to language cues. Grammar practice and real communication are bridged through the use of authentic listening and reading materials. Communication is practiced in the context of daily adolescent life. Activities and projects allow students to express themselves more proficiently in the target language. Students learn to access resources online and in the community to reinforce and expand their language acquisition. Courses include content designed to lead students to an appreciation of the depth and richness of the francophone and hispanic cultures.
Cultural understanding and language practice are enhanced by optional teacher-led trips to French and Spanish-speaking destinations. The department seeks to involve students in service-learning experiences on campus, in the community and abroad.
Department courses include French 1 through French 4 (Honors) and Spanish 1 through Spanish 5 (Advanced Placement).