World Language Department
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.
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 http://www.classzone.com.
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:
Our Clubs & Organizations
French Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society