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.

Students in French, German, and Spanish (Latin American) courses practice their evolving language skills in monthly live conversations with peers and a language mentor. Through Rosetta Stone, they expand their vocabulary with words describing daily tasks, cultural experiences, schoolwork, family, and travel. Students also maintain a language notebook with vocabulary, cultural notes, and verb conjugations, and express themselves in their new language in a series of recorded presentations about their lives. Students in all other language courses study exclusively through Rosetta Stone.

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.

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 with monthly live conversation sessions.

Credits: 0.5