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World Language

  1. To develop basic language skills as a tool of communication.
  2. To apply progressively the structural elements of the language through oral and written exercises.
  3. To examine the countries of the world, customs, manners, and historical background as they are encountered in vocabulary and reading.
  4. To compare other cultures to American culture.
  5. To develop marketable skills in language.
Statement of Goals and Objectives

The goals of the World Language Department are to help the students use and appreciate language as a basis of communication, which can reveal individual uniqueness as well as cultural background and values, and to encourage the student to accept and understand those values, however different from her own.


Each student is required to take two years of a world language. She may choose from French, Latin, Spanish, or Chinese. The two years must be in the same language. The language chosen must be taken for at least two years even in cases of advanced placement of incoming freshmen. 

A student has the option to continue to a third of fourth year of language as an elective after the two year requirement is satisfied, or may begin a new language, according to preference and the recommendation of the department.


For the full list of World Language classes offered at SJA, see the Curriculum Guide.

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