World Languages Department
Would You Like To Learn?
Whatever language or
languages you choose, learning world languages will make a difference in how
you see the world and in how the world sees you. You may study more than one! We offer levels
1 – IB 7 and AP language.
- Arabic: spoken by over 200 million people in
Asia and Africa. It is also one of the six official languages of the United
Nations. Arabic is the language of the holy scriptures of Islam, venerated by
one billion Muslims throughout the world.
- French: the language of international diplomacy,
trade, cuisine, ballet, fencing, and art. French contributions to history,
literature, and technology abound.
- German: the mother language of English, is the
language of science, math, engineering, music, theology, and philosophy. German
high-tech industries are dominant particularly in the southern United States.
- Italian: studying Italian
can introduce students to the world of high art, music, fashion, architecture,
and Italian cuisine
- Spanish: most people in this hemisphere speak Spanish,
including 30 million Americans. Springbrook also offers Spanish for Spanish
Why Learn Another Language?
The world is full of
languages. How far do you have to go from your front door to know that this is
true? Think about how many more people and places you could really get to know,
movies and TV programs you could understand, newspapers and books you could read,
web sites you could visit with another language!
Give Yourself a
Did you know that studying a second language can improve your
skills and grades in math and English and can improve entrance exam scores ON
THE SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, and LSAT?
Research has shown that
math and verbal SAT scores climb higher with each additional year of a world
language, which means that the longer you study a foreign language, the
stronger your skills become to succeed in school.
a world language can improve your analytic and interpretive capacities. In
addition, four or more years of language study on your record will catch the
eye of anyone reading your college, scholarships or job applications.
Connect With Other Cultures
Knowledge of other cultures will help you expand your
personal horizons and become a responsible citizen. Your ability to talk to
others and gather information beyond the world of English will contribute to
your community and your country.
The best way to experience
a world language and its culture is to study abroad. The world languages department offers
information on study-abroad programs and scholarships. In addition, we collaborate with other
departments to plan an annual study abroad adventure!
Our IB progam is very
successful. Our students score 4 or
higher on IB exams. We are the only
school in the North East Consortium that offers Ab initio courses in Arabic, German,
and Italian. We prepare our students for
the International Baccalaureate program in levels 1-4 by applying the Middle
Years Program objectives and assessment criteria in daily classroom
instruction, lesson planning, and assessments.
We offer AP language courses
in French and Spanish. Our students
score 3 or higher on the AP exam. We
prepare our students for Advanced Placement by guiding their course selections
and providing them with rigorous teacher-developed lessons in levels 1-4.
Resource Teacher, World Languages Department