Foreign Language Department

The Foreign Language Department believes that building fluency in a second language creates confidence, increases analytical skills, and enhances problem solving.

Our mission is to provide these skills, regardless of language or level, to assist our students throughout their educational careers in all aspects of language learning.

A critical part of our department is to encourage students to discover a love of language that develops curiosity. Through actively engaging in this curiosity of a new language, our students develop a desire and willingness to learn and adapt to new cultures. 

Our foreign language teachers encourage students to reach their highest potential to result in deep cultural understanding, enriching them in a lifelong experience.


Foreign Language Courses

This course is an introduction to the sign language and culture of the Deaf. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of American Sign Language and is designed for students who have little to no previous knowledge of ASL. The development of basic language structures such as expressive and receptive skills, questions, commands, and other simple sentence structures are introduced to develop novice rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Students will also gain insight and knowledge on the connection between culture and language.
This course is a continuation of ASL I and focuses on the fundamental elements of American Sign Language. Students will continue developing expressive, receptive, and productive skills at a novice range or higher. The primary focus is refining the use of basic ASL sentence types such as pronominalization, classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language such as requesting and providing clarification as well as giving and asking for directions. Upon completion, students will be able to comprehend and respond with increasing accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate extend cultural awareness of the Deaf Community.
This course builds on skills students learn in ASL I and II. Students will continue developing their receptive and expressive language skills at the intermediate proficiency level. More complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary such as location classifiers, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspect inflection, spatial agreement, short stories, dialogues, narratives, grammar and advancing conversation skills previously learned. This course continues cultural exploration of the hearing-impaired community. This course requires Deaf Community exposure and involvement.
This course introduces students to the French language and culture. French I emphasizes basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level using customary courtesies and conventions. French culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the French-speaking peoples.
This course builds upon the skills developed in French I. Students' ability to understand and express themselves in French and increasing their vocabulary. Students engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students explore the customs, history, and art forms of the Francophone world to deepen their understanding of the cultures.
This course focuses on maximizing fluency in reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing the French language. This course incorporates the study of French language, cultures, history, and literature to form a base for analytical writing that demonstrates correct grammar applications, and critical writing concepts, formats, and styles. Students are guided through in-depth studies of current events affecting Francophone countries.
This course is an introductory study of the German language and culture. Students in this course will develop speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in German around topics related to the everyday life of a student. Students will be guided in recognizing the interrelationships between cultures and will be able to identify cultural perspectives and practices of the German speaking world.
This course continues to introduce student to German language and culture. Students in this course will further develop speaking, writing, and reading proficiency on topics expanded to include life outside of school and in the real world. Students will be guided in recognizing the interrelationships between cultures and will be able to identify cultural perspectives and practices of the German speaking world.
This course introduces students to content-based learning. Students will continue to develop speaking, writing, and reading proficiency as they work with real-life issues, topics, and concerns in specific contexts. Use of applicable resources will allow local and global cultural perspectives within each context. Students will be supported as they expand their vocabulary and increase the complexity of their products by owning their own learning, implementing personal and self-selected vocabulary, and demonstrating an ability to respond to tasks requiring high cognition and creative thinking.
This course is designed to introduce students to Japanese language and culture. Japanese I emphasizes basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language using customary courtesies and conventions. Japanese culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the Japanese-speaking people.
This course builds upon the skills developed in Japanese I, extending students' ability to understand and express themselves in Japanese and increasing their vocabulary. Students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students will explore the customs, history, and art forms of Japanese-speaking people to depend their understanding of the cultures.
This course focuses on advancing students' skills and abilities to read, write, speak, and understand the Japanese language. Students maintain simple conversations with sufficient vocabulary and an acceptable accent, have sufficient comprehension to understand speech spoken at a normal pace, read uncomplicated literature, and write narratives that indicate a good understanding of grammar and a strong vocabulary.
This course focuses on developing students' ability to read Latin with comprehension. Word derivations and Latin word elements are studies to expand the students' English vocabulary, as well as the language, history, and culture of the ancient Romans. Intensive practice in reading and translating the target language is complemented by an expanses on the acquisition of vocabulary and an introduction to basic grammatical forms and syntax.
This course continues the study of basic reading, writing, speaking, culture, and language skills. Students will read level-appropriate Latin for comprehension, as well as learn to compose Latin. Word roots and cultural influences on our language and society will continue to be an integral part of learning Latin. Through the study of various Latin readings, students gain an understanding of Classical civilization that will enrich their knowledge of literature, history, philosophy, theology, and art.
This course builds upon the achievements of Latin II. Students begin to read both prose and poetry from the Ancient Roman Civilizations era. As the complex aspects of Roman grammar are covered, the students are gradually introduced to other Latin readings in various genres. Students engage in a variety of assessments that allow the opportunity to demonstrate their development of mastery.
This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and culture. Students build basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent to read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level. Students use customary courtesies and conventions. Spanish culture is introduced through art, literature, customs, and history of Spanish-speaking people. Classes are conducted in the language as much as possible for an immersive experience.
This course builds upon skills developed in Spanish I, extending students' ability to understand and express themselves in Spanish. Students increase their vocabulary and learn how to engage in informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly.
This course focuses upon the achievements of Spanish II. Students increase their oral communication and writing skills to strengthen their comprehension. Students will be introduced to contemporary and traditional topics in the Spanish-speaking world. There is a greater emphasis on the development of speaking and listening skills through oral questions and presentations in class and of writing skills through short compositions. Students are also exposed to current events affecting Spanish-speaking countries.