World Languages

Program Goal:  Students will learn to:

  • Communicate in the target language.
  • Recognize, appreciate and respect the cultures, customs and traditions of the people and regions of the target language and how they relate to the student's own language and culture.
  • Understand the structure of the target language and how grammatical structure varies from language to language.
  • Explore and understand the value and benefits of studying other languages and cultures.

All students must earn ​2 credit hours in World Languages prior to graduation. Students will be allowed to substitute an approved Career Technical Education (CTE) course for the second year of a World Language. Please note: some CTE programs will require one year to complete while others require two years. Interested students need to have a CTE Substitution Form filled out with their counselor.

Chinese, French, and German courses are available online through Middlebury Interactive Languages.​

Freshmen wishing to enroll in Spanish II: The Spanish I entrance exam is given in June to incoming freshman during their 8th-grade year. Other interested students can contact their Guidance Counselor or Mrs. Coste de Falk at gloriacostedefalk@grwestcatholic.org.

See specific course information below:

Spanish I

Course Number:  FL319
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  HSPT English score of 25 or higher
Course Description:  This course is an introduction to Spanish. Basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are developed through the study of vocabulary, grammar and Hispanic cultures.

Note: Students who do not pass 1st semester Spanish I will be placed into another class for 2nd semester. Students will be placed into the class again the following year and will be able to replace their failing grade if a higher grade is earned.

Spanish II

Course Number:  FL320
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Spanish I or equivalent with a "C" or higher, May place into class with passing grade on the entrance exam
Course Description:  During the second year of Spanish, the material which was covered in Spanish I is reinforced and more stress is placed on the mechanics of grammar. The student will be better able to comprehend spoken Spanish as well as read, write and speak the language. Cultural facets of the Spanish speaking world are also presented.

Advanced Spanish

Course Number:  FL322
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Spanish II with an average of "B" or higher, with teacher recommendation
Course Description:  Advanced Spanish is oriented toward students who have an interest in pursuing the study of Spanish to its highest level at this high school; thus, preparing them to enroll in AP Spanish Language the following year. Students qualified for this class must perform above and beyond expectations, receiving top scores on tests, class work, homework and oral participation. A positive attitude and the ability to work hard are required. Advanced Spanish is a comprehensive review of Spanish III concepts combined with grammar and vocabulary presented in a Spanish IV class. It is fast-paced and demands not only independent study, but also an optimal ability to speak, listen, read and write in the target language.

AP Spanish Language

Course Number:  FL323
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Advanced Spanish with teacher recommendation
Course Description:  AP Spanish Language is a course that focuses on taking the AP test in the spring. In this course, the student will expand his/her knowledge of the target language through grammar review, classroom discussion and active participation. An in-depth study of the literature, culture, history and current issues relevant to the countries being studied will be an integral part of this course. Students are expected to converse and receive instruction in Spanish. Students are required to take the AP Spanish exam in May.

Latin I

Course Number:  FL331​
Open to grades: ​ 9
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  Latin I is an introduction to the world of Ancient Rome. Students will learn about everyday Roman culture, history and mythology. Through a study of basic grammar and vocabulary, students will read and write simple Latin sentences and stories. The use of Latin today will be stressed through a study of English derivatives and common Latin mottos and abbreviations.

Latin II/III

Course Number:  FL335
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Latin I
Course Description:  Latin II/III continues the study of Ancient Rome. Students will learn about the contributions of the Roman Army in the spread of Roman institutions, culture and language. Through reading and multimedia experiences, students will study the heroes of Classical Mythology and Roman History. Students will expand their ability to use Latin grammar through a variety of reading, writing and oral exercises.

Chinese I

Course Number:  FL329 - ONLINE COURSE
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12​
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an online course offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages.  Students will have access to a computer during the day and will have an instructor through this online module. Students considering Middlebury must be motivated, self-monitoring, independent learners. While West Catholic will assign a staff mentor for Middlebury courses to monitor progress, the day-to-day responsibility is with the student and parent. Infinite Campus and Canvas are not used with Middlebury courses. Students taking Middlebury courses are required to sign the Online Course Expectation Contract provided by the Guidance Office. The deadline to drop an online course is two weeks after school starts.

Middlebury High School courses:

  • Are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Focus on language structures
  • Vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture are presented through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing
  • High School Courses are also known as Competency Courses.

Chinese II

Course Number:  FL330 - ONLINE COURSE
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an online course offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages.  Students will have access to a computer during the day and will have an instructor through this online module. Students considering Middlebury must be motivated, self-monitoring, independent learners. While West Catholic will assign a staff mentor for Middlebury courses to monitor progress, the day-to-day responsibility is with the student and parent. Infinite Campus and Canvas are not used with Middlebury courses. Students taking Middlebury courses are required to sign the Online Course Expectation Contract provided by the Guidance Office. The deadline to drop an online course is two weeks after school starts.

Middlebury High School courses:

  • Are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Focus on language structures
  • Vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture are presented through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing
  • High School Courses are also known as Competency Courses.

French I

Course Number:  FL315 - ONLINE COURSE
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an online course offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages.  Students will have access to a computer during the day and will have an instructor through this online module. Students considering Middlebury must be motivated, self-monitoring, independent learners. While West Catholic will assign a staff mentor for Middlebury courses to monitor progress, the day-to-day responsibility is with the student and parent. Infinite Campus and Canvas are not used with Middlebury courses. Students taking Middlebury courses are required to sign the Online Course Expectation Contract provided by the Guidance Office. The deadline to drop an online course is two weeks after school starts.

Middlebury High School courses:

  • Are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Focus on language structures
  • Vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture are presented through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing
  • High School Courses are also known as Competency Courses.

French II

Course Number:  FL316 - ONLINE COURSE
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an online course offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages.  Students will have access to a computer during the day and will have an instructor through this online module. Students considering Middlebury must be motivated, self-monitoring, independent learners. While West Catholic will assign a staff mentor for Middlebury courses to monitor progress, the day-to-day responsibility is with the student and parent. Infinite Campus and Canvas are not used with Middlebury courses. Students taking Middlebury courses are required to sign the Online Course Expectation Contract provided by the Guidance Office. The deadline to drop an online course is two weeks after school starts.

Middlebury High School courses:

  • Are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Focus on language structures
  • Vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture are presented through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing
  • High School Courses are also known as Competency Courses.

German I

Course Number:  FL313 - ONLINE COURSE
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an online course offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages.  Students will have access to a computer during the day and will have an instructor through this online module. Students considering Middlebury must be motivated, self-monitoring, independent learners. While West Catholic will assign a staff mentor for Middlebury courses to monitor progress, the day-to-day responsibility is with the student and parent. Infinite Campus and Canvas are not used with Middlebury courses. Students taking Middlebury courses are required to sign the Online Course Expectation Contract provided by the Guidance Office. The deadline to drop an online course is two weeks after school starts.

Middlebury High School courses:

  • Are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Focus on language structures
  • Vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture are presented through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing
  • High School Courses are also known as Competency Courses.

German II

Course Number:  FL314 - ONLINE COURSE
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an online course offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages.  Students will have access to a computer during the day and will have an instructor through this online module. Students considering Middlebury must be motivated, self-monitoring, independent learners. While West Catholic will assign a staff mentor for Middlebury courses to monitor progress, the day-to-day responsibility is with the student and parent. Infinite Campus and Canvas are not used with Middlebury courses. Students taking Middlebury courses are required to sign the Online Course Expectation Contract provided by the Guidance Office. The deadline to drop an online course is two weeks after school starts.

Middlebury High School courses:

  • Are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Focus on language structures
  • Vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture are presented through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing
  • High School Courses are also known as Competency Courses.