World Language Department

Grading Policy - Curriculum Framework

Why Study a Foreign Language?
Online Textbooks
Clubs & Organizations

Why Study a Foreign Language?

Over the last 30 years, various research has shown that students who study a foreign language have improved overall school performance and superior problem solving skills.

At the high school level, students who study a foreign language have statistically higher scores on standardized tests conducted in English such as the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT exams.  Studying a foreign language may result in improved analytic and interpretive capacities, which are essential skills on these standardized tests.

In addition to improving test scores, students who study a foreign language in high school not only learn to speak and understand a foreign language, they also learn about other countries and gain an understanding and respect for people from other cultures.

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Online Textbooks

Many of the books used in language classes have wonderful on-line materials available. Because foreign language study entails much more than what can be accomplished in 47 minutes, 5 times a week, teachers encourage students to make use of as much of the supplementary materials as possible. Students should spend time using the wonderful practice activities and on-line books listed below:

The FRENCH textbooks, Discovering French (bleu - 1, blanc - 2, rouge -3) are accessible on-line at
Follow the prompts: World Languages > Maryland > choose the correct book. Username: SVHSfrench and Password: frenchbook


Students in SPANISH courses levels 1, 2 and 3 using the Realidades series can access supplementary materials on-line at:


The SPANISH for SPANISH SPEAKERS texts, El Español Para Nosotros (levels 1 & 2) are accessible on-line at

Follow the prompts: Maryland > Student & Parent > World Languages > choose the correct book under the Spanish heading. Access Code: level 1: F9942EBB08 and level 2: B3A85CD3FD

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Our Clubs & Organizations

French Club
French Honor Society
Spanish Club
Spanish Honor Society

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