World Language

Our language program is designed to challenge students with classes in Spanish, Chinese, French, and Latin. We offer Honors, CIS, and AP for many of these courses.

 
Department Chair Overview

Our language program is designed to challenge students with classes in Spanish, Chinese, French, and Latin. We offer Honors, CIS, and AP for many of these courses.

The goals of our department are to teach effective communication, language proficiency, and cultural understanding. To successfully communicate in a world language, it is important to understand the relevance of diversity and culture, and to have a true appreciation of the global society in which we live. At Saint Thomas Academy, our teachers are dedicated to creating high-quality, student-centered learning environments that prepare our boys to excel in college.

THROUGH THE STUDY OF WORLD LANGUAGES, STUDENTS WILL:

  • Gain skills that enable them to communicate orally and in writing with speakers of another language.
  • Develop a greater understanding about people across national boundaries by giving them insight into the ways of life and ways of thinking of the people who speak the language they are learning.
  • Expand their understanding of how language functions, including their own language.
  • Learn to read with comprehension so that they may keep up with current writing, research, and information in the studied language.
  • Develop critical thinking skills by understanding perspectives, exchanging opinions, and presenting ideas.
  • Be prepared to think and interact in a global community.
  • Be inspired and prepared to study a world language and culture in college.

Note: Placement is determined by exam scores, satisfactory completion of a lower level course, and/or teacher recommendation. A student whose native language is other than English is encouraged to study a third language in the World Language Department.

"I love French class because our teacher lets us have fun, but, she controls the class so we are able to learn the language. The places you are able to travel and the things you learn are truly unique. With a language, you have a totally different perspective on the world. This is why STA is so special: you have fun and yet learn life lessons."  

—STA student