International Languages Program
Commitment to Second Language Instruction:
St. Elizabeth Seton School is an academic school that is focused on preparing students to gain the knowledge and skills to work in an ever increasing global market. To that end, each student at St. Elizabeth Seton School studies a minimum of one second language. Offering our students the opportunity to learn multiple second languages will afford them increased opportunities in their future.
Two Languages of Instruction to select from:
We offer French as a Second Language and Spanish Language and Culture instruction.
As part of their complementary course instruction, students are able to select not only one, but two languages should they wish to. Each language is offered in a different section, as such students could potentially take both languages. The choice is theirs. Two different languages are just a few of the many options we offer at our school.
Rationale for offering Multiple Second Languages:
Research in the area of languages indicates a number of benefits that come from learning second languages.
Firstly, research indicates that language acquisition is best introduced at an early on in life, recognizing that the brain of adolescents not only learn at a more rapid rate, but is also better able to absorb and transfer their learning to additional languages presented with in the future.
Secondly, it is suggested that learning other languages gives children a better understanding of their own first language. This is primarily because they develop greater phonemic awareness. Also, research indicates that language attainment has also helped children to become better with music, as well as develop critical thinking skills.
Finally, research clearly points to world and economic trends becoming increasingly more global, thus recognizing that people with skills in the area of multiple languages would be for many employers viewed as a big asset when considering prospective employees.
We know that offering our students the opportunity to learn multiple second languages will afford them increased opportunities to be exposed to and take in interest as well, refine and develop their language skills over the years. This will also in more career opportunities and choices for students in their future.
Benefits to Students:
Learning a second language leads to. . .
- enhanced learning in both the student’s primary language and in related areas of cognitive development and knowledge acquisition, as well as, development of increased grammatical abilities in the first language
- Increased awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity
- Improved potential to be more competitive when entering the workforce
- Increased opportunities to communicate directly with people from other language groups and gain a deeper insight into their culture
- Enhanced cognitive functioning particularly increased ability to conceptualize and to think abstractly; more cognitive flexibility; and greater divergent thinking, creativity and meta linguistic competence.
The delivery of instruction in these language programs will be hands on and interactive in its approach. We will emphasize authentic learning that comes from active involvement and with the aim of developing an appreciation for the people, the history, the geography, music and most of all the richness of the language.