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 Chairperson

REUTER_chair.jpgJanna Aune
Mrs. Aune has taught at STA since 2006.
Her contact information is 651-683-1555 x 1313 and

Saber Fall 2016 Article

Department Chair Overview

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 adequately prepare our boys for college.


  • 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. Seventh graders are placed in an Introduction to Languages course.

Bilingual Students: Students who are functionally bilingual upon entrance into the Academy may petition the language department to be exempt from the language requirement. This procedure includes a signed, formal document from a certified professional, detailing the student’s language abilities in the five skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension, and culture. Discussion and evaluation of the individual circumstances is a deciding factor. This request should be submitted in writing to the Director of Academic Life.

"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