The Bishop Ludden Foreign Language Department courses provide windows into other parts of the world through the study of languages. Communication is at the heart of second language study, whether the communication takes place face-to-face, in writing, or across centuries through the reading of literature. Students must understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. They engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
In addition to learning the language, our students gain valuable knowledge and understanding of other cultures. Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own. They acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are available only through the study of foreign language and its cultures.
Students are encouraged to use the language both within and beyond the school setting. Our annual trip to Europe offers students the unique opportunity to be immersed in the foreign language culture of their choice. Students also reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the use of foreign language.
Bishop Ludden offers a wide variety of languages other than English that challenge students with no previous instruction to the advanced student who wants to further develop conversation, reading and writing skills, and expand their knowledge of culture through film and literature. All courses are designed to build upon and improve the core skills introduced in the previous ones. The languages offered include French and Spanish with Advance Placement options, Greek, Latin, Italian and German.