The goal of the World Languages Department is to develop students’ basic proficiency in the target language. Strong emphasis is placed on reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. We strive to foster an appreciation and understanding of other cultures and prepare our students for study and use beyond the high school level.
The world languages program challenges each student to reach their highest potential. Saint Mary students are required to take a minimum of two consecutive years of a foreign language. The faculty strongly encourages students to go beyond the requirement by providing a third, fourth, and even a fifth year of foreign language study. Many students take advantage of this opportunity and some even take on a second foreign language. Independent programs of study are also made available for students with scheduling conflicts. Through our study of a foreign language and its culture, politics, and economics, we encourage students to grow in global and historical awareness and challenge them to mature into responsible young adults, who are capable of interacting intellectually, socially, and spiritually as members of a global community.