International Languages Department
The primary objective in learning an international language is for the student to be able to use it as a communication skill in a future career, for everyday conversation, and for broader humanizing experiences through cultural studies and literature.
The International Language Department focuses on the teaching and learning of the four basic linguistic skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.
In addition, much attention is given to the study of the cultures throughout the sequence of classes.
Students will study the geography, history, holidays, customs, cultures, art and music of peoples.
- French I – IV
- Spanish I – IV
- Latin I – IV
Giving yourself a competitive advantage
Studying a foreign language has impact far outside the classroom:
- Math and verbal SAT scores increase with each addition year you study a foreign language.
- Learning a foreign language can improve your ability to analyze and interpret items in English.
- Studies show that entrance exam scores improve for those who study a foreign language.
- Colleges reviewing application will take notice of multiple years of language study.
If you already know the basics of another language taught at Pius X, you can expand your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, culture and literature – and continue to build your English skills. This approach impacts the opportunities in school and in your career.
Teachers in International Languages
“It happens that there are many different languages in the world, and none is meaningless; but if I do not know the meaning of a language, I shall be a foreigner to one who speaks it, and one who speaks it a foreigner to me. So with yourselves: since you strive eagerly for spirits, seek to have an abundance of them for building up the church.”
1 Corinthians 14:10-12
Stories from Language classes
Student-authors read Spanish-written stories to elementary students
Each year, students in Spanish IV classes at Pius X write their own stories, complete with illustrations and design. The students judge the ‘best in
Film making in Spanish class
Spanish 4 students in Katie Hayes’ ’99 class have been working on their movie scripts. Working in small groups, students have been given topics to
Squaring off with classmates while conjugating verbs
Emily Isaacs’ Spanish II class is conjugating verbs with a friendly game of Battleship! This lesson plan shows great creativity on the teacher’s part, with
Students showcase language knowledge in real-time with presentation
Students presented to their classmates their daily routines in Spanish, with some students using their iPads to add to their presentation.