Philosophy Department Chair-Mary Guarino

The Philosophy of the World Language Department is to provide a learning environment conducive to the sharing of knowledge and appreciation of world languages and cultures. This is fostered through an atmosphere of academic discipline, Christian morality and socio-economic diversity. The languages currently offered are: French, Spanish, and Latin.

Course Descriptions


French 1 – High Honors/Honors

This course targets the development of speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills. In addition to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, the student explores French culture and civilization in France and Francophone countries through the means of supplementary materials. This course is designed to move at an accelerated and challenging pace.


French 1 – College Prep
This course targets the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. In addition to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, the student explores French culture and civilization in France and Francophone countries through the means of supplementary materials. The rigor and pace is level appropriate.


Spanish 1 – High Honors
This course targets the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. In addition to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, the student explores the cultures and civilizations in Spain and throughout the Hispanic world. This course is designed to move at an accelerated and challenging pace.


Spanish 1 – Honors
This course targets the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. In addition to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, the student explores the cultures and civilizations in Spain and throughout the Hispanic world. This course is designed to move at a steady yet challenging pace.


Spanish 1 – College Prep
This course targets the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. In addition to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, the student explores the cultures and civilizations in Spain and throughout the Hispanic world. The rigor and pace is level appropriate.


French 2
This course furthers the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. Lessons are geared toward the mastery of grammatical structures, syntax, and effective vocabulary use. Cultural topics of the French speaking world are also explored in detail. The rigor and pace is level appropriate.


Spanish 2 – High Honors
This course furthers the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. Lessons are geared toward the mastery of grammatical structures, syntax, and effective vocabulary use. Cultural topics of the Spanish speaking world are also explored in detail. This course is designed to move at an accelerated and challenging pace.


Spanish 2 – Honors
This course furthers the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. Lessons are geared toward the mastery of grammatical structures, syntax, and effective vocabulary use. Cultural topics of the Spanish speaking world are also explored in detail. This course is designed to move at a steady yet challenging pace.


Spanish 2 – College Prep
This course furthers the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension skills. Lessons are geared toward the mastery of grammatical structures, syntax, and effective vocabulary use. Cultural topics of the Spanish speaking world are also explored in detail. The rigor and pace is level appropriate.


French 3
This course targets the mastery of more complex grammatical structures and effective vocabulary use. In addition to the continuation of the study of French and Francophone culture and civilization, students are introduced to French literature. Proficiency in listening, speaking and writing skills are stressed. This course is designed to move at an accelerated and challenging pace.


Spanish 3 – High Honors
This course targets the mastery of more complex grammatical structures and effective vocabulary use. In addition to the continuation of the study of Spanish and Hispanic cultures and civilizations, students are introduced to Spanish and Hispanic literature. Proficiency in listening, speaking and writing skills are stressed. This course is designed to move at an accelerated and challenging pace.


Spanish 3 – Honors
This course targets the mastery of more complex grammatical structures and effective vocabulary use. In addition to the continuation of the study of Spanish and Hispanic cultures and civilizations, students are introduced to Spanish and Hispanic literature. Proficiency in listening, speaking and writing skills are stressed. This course is designed to move at a steady yet challenging pace.


Spanish 3 – College Prep
This course targets the mastery of more complex grammatical structures and effective vocabulary use. In addition to the continuation of the study of Spanish and Hispanic cultures and civilizations, students are introduced to Spanish and Hispanic literature. Proficiency in listening, speaking and writing skills are stressed. The rigor and pace is level appropriate.


French 4
This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Exam in the French language. The primary objective of this course is to emphasize active communication via written compositions and oral presentation. Appreciation of French and Francophone culture and civilization is enhanced through key literary works. This course is designed to move at a challenging pace.


Spanish 4 – High Honors
This course is designed in conjunction with a level three college course at UConn or Sacred Heart (students not taking the course for college credit may be eligible to take the Advanced Placement Exam).The primary objective of this course is to emphasize active communication via written compositions and oral presentation. Appreciation of Spanish and Hispanic culture and civilization is enhanced through key literary works. This course is designed to move at an accelerated and challenging pace.
*Spanish 4 – High Honors is a UConn and Sacred Heart certified course.


Spanish 4 – Honors
This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Exam in the Spanish language. The primary objective of this course is to emphasize active communication via written compositions and oral presentation. Appreciation of Spanish and Hispanic culture and civilization is enhanced through key literary works. This course is designed to move at a challenging pace.


Latin 1
There are two primary goals of Latin 1. On the one hand, Latin 1 focuses on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition, and the grammar of the simple Latin sentence, so that the successful student will gain a rudimentary ability to comprehend Latin. On the other hand, Latin 1 enables the successful student to better understand and use English or other languages. A secondary goal is to introduce the student to Roman history and culture, which so heavily influence our own. This is a full year, on-line course.


Language Requirement
All students must successfully complete two courses of a modern language. Additional courses may be taken as electives.

Advanced Placement Exams
Students may select to take the Advanced Placement tests for French or Spanish during their senior year for possible college credit.

UConn/Sacred Heart University Partnership
A student who successfully takes and passes Spanish 4 may earn three college credits from Sacred Heart University or the University of Connecticut.

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