Second Language

Why This Class

As a parent, you want to help your student develop the skills to unlock the opportunities they desire. Whether they wish to spend time in a foreign country or apply to a competitive university, learning a second language in high school can help (it also improves memory and increases attention span). At Williamsburg, we partner with Rosetta Stone to offer your student a cutting-edge language learning experience.

Through Rosetta Stone, students expand their vocabulary with words describing daily tasks, cultural experiences, schoolwork, family, and travel. Each Rosetta Stone course has 3 or 5 levels of study available in each language (as shown below). Each level is worth 0.5 credits and takes 20-70 hours to complete (depending on a student’s aptitude for languages and the difficulty of the language selected). Please note that many colleges require two credits of a second language, and Williamsburg can only offer 1.5 credits for languages where only three levels are available.

Languages with five levels available (2.5 credits total):

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English (US)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain)

Languages with three levels available (1.5 credits total):

  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

(Check this table to see how Rosetta Stone levels translate to Williamsburg courses.)

By pursuing mastery in a second language, students broaden their perspective on the world, gain confidence in their communication skills, and lay the groundwork to succeed in future studies or travel to another country. Who knows what doors will open when your student learns a second language?

Overarching Questions

How does learning a second language give me opportunities?

What can I learn about the cultures that speak the language I am learning?

How do I develop my confidence in writing and speaking a second language?

What similarities and differences are there between my first language and a second language?

Reading List

Students do not need to purchase any materials for this course. A Rosetta Stone login will be created through Williamsburg for each student at the start of the semester.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) - 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Self-paced

Credits: 0.5