World Languages

World Languages

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

Immersive Experience

students gathering around a painting in a museum
French teacher Billy Heidenfeldt and his class pose for a photo in the Paris metro

In the Salesian World Languages program, students have the unique experience of travelling to our Salesian sister school in Quebec for a fully immersive experience of French Canadian culture. Students have an opportunity to experience local cultures firsthand, led by experienced faculty.

black and white logo for SFMOMA

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.

Salesian students visit France and take a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower

Explore Our Curriculum

Our World Language Faculty

William "Billy" Heidenfeldt

William "Billy" Heidenfeldt

Class of 1994
Titles: French Teacher
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Mariella Nightingale

Mariella Nightingale

Titles: World Languages - Department Chair, Spanish Teacher
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Cecilia O'Brien

Cecilia O'Brien

Titles: Spanish Teacher
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Oscar Ruiz

Oscar Ruiz

Titles: Spanish Teacher, Graphic Journalism Teacher, Yearbook Coordinator, IT Coordinator
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