The Foreign Language Department embraces that part of our school's
mission statement that calls upon us to appreciate diverse cultures and
to promote compassion and respect toward others.
Students are required
to spend a minimum of two years studying a foreign language; currently
Spanish and French full-immersion intensive courses are offered. Once
students enter the classroom, the instructor requires that students not
use English in order to start developing cognitive-academic skills in
the target language. Classes are conducted solely in Spanish/French
without relying on translation or tedious memorization techniques. Our
directed conversation classes produce optimal results.
Survival phrases are taught on the first day of class, and because
oral participation is an essential part of language and communication,
it counts as 80% of the grade. Although expectations are high, classes
are conducted in a way that lowers anxiety, allowing students to feel
comfortable and have fun. Students engage in a variety of activities
that promote readiness for real-life situations. It is our goal that
students achieve fluency by the end of the fourth year, successfully
gaining a second language.
Click on the course name below for a brief description.