Mount Carmel’s World Languages Department is “dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels,” principles that are espoused by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. We focus on building language proficiency in the target languages of Spanish, Mandarin and Latin through reading, writing, speaking and cultural studies and activities.
Research indicates that the study of World Languages develop and increase a student’s cognitive abilities. World Language study also correlates with higher academic achievement, the improvement of reading abilities, increased linguistic awareness, and the transfer of skills from one language to a student’s native language. In addition, there is a correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science and math and though there are no standardized, college admission exams in World Languages, studies indicate that language study develops a student’s ability to score higher on SAT and ACT tests.
Students are required to successfully complete and pass 6 trimesters (2 credits) in one of the languages offered: Spanish, Latin or Mandarin. Honors students are required to complete 4 years of language study.
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In general, students who successfully complete 2 to 4 years of study in a World Language at Mount Carmel are able to understand and carry on a conversation, read fairly complex texts, and are aware of aspects of culture such as food, ways of life and day-to-day practices in countries that speak the target language and have researched topics that relate to the World Language study.
Further, each year, students in Latin have the opportunity to take the National Language Exams in their target language and compete for national recognition. In addition, with four years of study, students in all the World Languages may take the Advanced Placement Examinations.
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