Foreign Language

Foreign Language at Benedictine empowers students to effectively engage in and contribute to our globalized society. Students develop and appreciate an understanding for other cultures and traditions while building an understanding of grammar and vocabulary in the target language.


What does Benedictine offer?

Benedictine offers five levels of Spanish and five levels of Latin , including an Advanced Placement Latin course. The Spanish curriculum stresses oral and written communication.

Courses in Latin acquaint students with Roman history, literature and laws as they help build vocabulary and translation skills. French classes afford students the opportunity to learn one of the world's most beautiful languages. Students implement this knowledge to gain an unparalleled understanding of history, literature, and culture in the United States and the world over.

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. Foreign language learning correlates with higher academic achievement in all areas, but with particular respect to reading, scientific hypothesis, cognitive abilities, and problem solving.

An emphasis on Foreign Language is just one of the many ways in which we at Benedictine form men of conscience, discipline, and achievement.


Foreign Language Course Offerings

Latin I

The teaching of Latin has been a cornerstone of Western education for well over a thousand years. Shakespeare learned his English grammar through the study of Latin, and Latin provides around 60% of our language. Latin I provides students with a good foundation of English and Latin grammar, an understanding of etymologies and derivatives, and a glimpse of life in Roman times. The vocabulary of this course will be focused on Rome, her activities, and Christianity. Students will master the Latin noun cases, the declensions, personal pronouns, present and perfect systems for 1st-4th conjugation verbs, noun-adjective agreement, and translating. The Latin student will also be introduced to Roman mythology.

Credits: 1

Latin II

After reviewing and reinforcing concepts learned in Latin I, Latin II students will deepen their understanding of vocabulary and grammar. Students will explore connections with Latin terminology in law and medicine as well as compare the social customs of the Roman classes to those in modern societies. Students will understand the basic development of the political system from the Republic through the Empire and be able to compare and contrast the ideas and actions of historical figures such as Caesar, Cicero, Augustus, and Hannibal with modern thinkers.

Prerequisites: Latin I with an 80 or above and teacher recommendation.

Credits: 1

Latin III

In Latin III, students will delve deeper into original Latin texts and will learn to recognize the styles, literary devices, and genres present. Students will be expected to read the Latin aloud with expression and understanding, and to address it in analytical essays in English, drawing connections between the texts and historical contexts, Roman culture, and philosophies.

Prerequisites: Latin II with an 80 or above and teacher recommendation.

Credits: 1

Honors Latin IV

This course is a continuation of subjects learned in Latin III, but with a wider reading selection, focused on the writings of Caesar and Vergil. Students will have a diverse understanding of history and culture to aid them in analysis of these works.

Prerequisites: Latin III with an 85 or above and teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

AP Latin V (Vergil)

Beyond understanding the poetic form, Vergil’s use of the epic poem, as well as The Aeneid’s historical, cultural, political, and social context, the course will be centered around the students’ ability to translate, understand, analyze and interpret the lines of the Aeneid in Latin as delineated by the AP course syllabus.

Prerequisites: 85 in previous year and teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

Spanish I

This course is designed to introduce students to the Hispanic world, its language and its contributions to the world. Students will explore the need for language study in today's world. Students will demonstrate a beginning level ability to understand, speak, read and write basic elements of Spanish. Spanish 1 introduces students to basic, yet essential, vocabulary and grammatical structure. Conversational elements concerning self, family, possessions, school, wants, likes and dislikes, all in the present and past tenses. Native speakers should be able understand the language used by students.

Credits: 1

Spanish II

Spanish II is a continuation of study of grammatical structures with even greater emphasis on speaking, listening and writing skills. There is increased emphasis on Hispanic culture as well as spontaneous activities in all modalities. There is an increased demand made in reading and writing assignments.

Prerequisites: Grade of 80 in previous year and teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

Spanish III

This course is a continuation of the Spanish language and grammar with emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will refine their abilities to function in situations they may encounter in a foreign context. Students should develop a certain degree of fluency in the language at this level. Many facets of the history and culture of Hispanic countries will be presented.

Prerequisites: Grade of 80 in previous year and teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

Honors Spanish IV

This course is a continuation of the Spanish language and grammar with emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will be exposed to a myriad of native language sources, including literature, music, and current events from multiple areas of Latin America. Students will refine their abilities to function in situations they may encounter in a foreign context. Many facets of history and culture of Hispanic countries will be presented.

Prerequisites: Grade of 85 in previous year and teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

Honors Spanish V

This course is a continuation of the Spanish language and grammar with emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will be exposed to a myriad of native language sources to include literature, current events, film, and other sources from throughout the Spanish speaking world. Students will refine their abilities to function in situations they may encounter in a foreign context. Many facets of the history and culture of Hispanic countries will be presented.

Prerequisites: Grade of 85 in previous year and teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

French I

French I is an introduction to French language and culture. The fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities. This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language or culture. The instructor presents material in both English and French.

Credits: 1

French II

French II strengthens students' comprehension of the spoken and written language. Students learn how to respond in real-life situations while expanding their vocabulary and improving their reading skills. They increase freedom of expression through oral and reading comprehension exercises based on excerpts from great French literary works. Grammar exercises focus on reflexive verbs, direct and indirect pronouns, subjunctive mood, and preterit, imperfect, conditional, and past-perfect tenses. Students learn about the many French-speaking lands around the world. The instructor presents material in both English and French.

Credits: 1