Students at St. Scholastica Academy begin classes in Spanish or French in the sophomore year. In the course of the sophomore through senior years, students could possibly take four or five levels of a language, depending upon the flexibility of the student's schedule. Most ninth grade honor students are required to take Latin I and Latin II. All Honors students are required to take a third level of French or Spanish.
The main purpose of the Foreign Language Program is to develop competency in the chosen language. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are stressed.
Students must learn to perform a variety of language functions: to listen, to ask questions, to describe, to give and follow directions, to narrate, to express and defend opinions, and to hypothesize. Foreign language courses are designed to give students an exposure to a language and culture different from their own.
First level course of the chosen language introduces the students to the language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Second level course introduces more complicated concepts and structures as well as vocabulary. Speaking in the language is stressed. The cultures of the native countries are studied.
Third level course includes extensive reading and writing in the language, and as much conversation as possible. Students are introduced to famous literature and cinema from native countries.
Fourth level students continue to practice all skills at a more advanced level. The focus is on writing, speaking, listening abilities and literature.
LATIN I -Freshmen Honors Only - 1 credit
Latin I students learn the basic structure and vocabulary of the Latin language. The course is designed not only with basic Latin as its objective, but also with the goal of bolstering students’ ability to learn other foreign languages, to acquire English vocabulary with greater ease and retention, and to understand syntax and verbal logic more readily. Latin I also presents students with cultural units, glimpses into the daily life of the ancient Romans, which invite comparison with and greater understanding of many of the customs and processes that are our modern heritage from ancient Rome.
LATIN II- Freshmen Honors Only - 1 credit
Building on the basics of Latin I, students in Latin II advance to the more complex structures of the Latin language and continue to accumulate Latin vocabulary. As in Latin I, a primary objective of this course is to enable students to use Latin as a foundation for acquiring modern foreign languages, English vocabulary, and the linguistic concepts. Latin II also includes a series of cultural units which give the students greater familiarity with the Romans and their contribution to Western life.
FRENCH I / SPANISH I- Sophomores - 1 credit
The first level course introduces students to the target language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn basic grammatical structures and vocabulary of the language in a highly interactive setting.
FRENCH II/ SPANISH II- Juniors - 1 credit
The second level course reviews material learned in the first course and introduces more advanced concepts and structures. Students continue to acquire new vocabulary and to appreciate the differences inherent in the language and culture. Speaking and writing skills are emphasized.
FRENCH III H/ SPANISH III H- Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Third level Honors classes are conducted for the most part in the target language. Speaking and understanding oral communication are emphasized using relevant situational conversations, dialogues, and vocabulary building activities. The reading focus involves contemporary pieces in the target language.
FRENCH IV H/ SPANISH IV H- Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Fourth level Honors classes are conducted for the most part in the target language. Speaking and understanding oral communication are emphasized using relevant situational conversations, dialogues, and vocabulary building activities. The reading focus involves contemporary pieces in the target language.