The World Languages Department provides Crossroads students the opportunity to study Modern and Classical Languages.
In Latin, students learn to read and translate Latin and expand their understanding of language structure, grammar, and written expression. Students are taught to apply previously learned material to new contexts and to take risks in developing their linguistic instincts. The Latin curriculum includes vocabulary acquisition, study of grammar and syntax, history, culture, literature, and philosophy. Written compositions, visual art projects, peer partnering, group work and large group discussions enhance the learning process. Students in Classics have many opportunities to engage in regional, statewide, and national activities through Junior Classical League events. Classics students also take the National Latin Exam.
The study of Modern Languages (Chinese, French, and Spanish) leads students to proficiency in the target language in both oral and written forms. Teachers employ methodologies that focus on developing speaking, writing, reading, and listening with an emphasis on language immersion. In addition, students explore cultural differences through the discussion of politics, social justice, economic issues, literature, and the arts. Courses are taught in the target language to help students reach proficiency. Students taking French and Spanish have the opportunity to participate in exchanges with schools in France and Spain.
Students wishing to start a Modern Language above level 1 are placed in the appropriate course based on their performance on a placement test and oral interview.