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).

Languages with up to five levels available ( Courses 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A):

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

Languages with up to three levels available (Courses 1A, 1B, 2A):

(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?

Please note:

  • Many colleges require two credits of a second language, and Williamsburg can only offer 1.5 credits total for languages where only three levels are available (.5 credit awarded per level).
  • Our Foreign Language courses are not NCAA-approved.

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

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.