The study of foreign languages at Pacific Collegiate School offers students exposure to cultures other than their own that facilitates the development of a global perspective, providing a direct pathway into other modes of thought and experience and introducing students to new vocabularies, different forms of expression, and different cultural perspectives on the world in which we live. At a more fundamental level, study of a second and third language provides students the tools to help them understand how languages work, and this knowledge will have an impact both on their understanding of English and other foreign languages they may choose to study. As the language courses are sequentially based upon skill level, students may begin a study of a foreign language as early as the seventh grade, allowing them to develop other essential cognitive skills at an earlier age.
All of the foreign language classes at PCS share a common goal: the achievement of linguistic proficiency after three years, accompanied by the acquisition of tools for the further exploration of a culture—history, texts, visual arts, and cultural practices. In keeping with the state performance standards, the goals for foreign language learning are aligned with the key terms: communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities. When applied to the study of the living languages (French, Chinese, and Spanish), the goal of linguistic proficiency encompasses oral and written proficiency, and the students acquire the tools to help them communicate and “live in” a language and more fully experience another living culture.
The study of Latin and Greek offers a different set of goals to students, introducing them to root languages that will benefit them in their study of nearly any other language, and at the same developing their ability to read Greco-Roman literature in the original, itself an introduction to a wealth of literary, historical and cultural material from antiquity. Despite the differences in approach that exist in the studies of modern and ancient languages, the common goal of proficiency is achieved through the acquisition of oral, aural, and written linguistic skills.
World Languages Curriculum
French 1,2,3,4 / AP
Latin 1,2,3, AP
Spanish 1,2,3, AP