Through world language study, students are encouraged to view another culture as valuable in itself and worthy to be accepted on its own terms. In their world language courses, students will increase their knowledge and appreciation of the existing diversity among the world’s peoples.
Salesian strives to impart meaningful and communicative practices, while integrating grammar, practical vocabulary, and authentic cultural material to make learning a language a meaningful and interactive experience.
Mariella Nightingale, World Language Department Chair
Salesian has a partnership with SFMOMA's Teacher Advisory Group, TAG, that supports the development of lessons that integrate art in the foreign language classroom. Students also visit the museum and will analyze art in the French language.
Featured World Language Course
Advanced Placement (A.P.) French: Grades 11 & 12
AP French challenges students to describe world issues entirely in French, with a goal of taking the AP French examination in May. AP French students engage in French with the themes of health, technology, urban living, careers, ecology, and the arts. The class is conducted exclusively in French with opportunities for linguistic and cultural translation and comparison. Students are expected to read, write, and speak French consistently and in a variety of ways. Besides their textbooks, AP French students will use different media to present their learning to their classmates. Students create analytical texts (spoken, written, visual) that reflect both their linguistic competence but also their symbolic competence, their way of personalizing and responding to the patterns of the French language. There is a focus on linguistic variation and cultural differences in the French-speaking world.