Modern and Classical Languages

The Modern and Classical Languages Department seeks to provide students the opportunity to explore language study through diverse modes of discourse.

Additionally, instructors endeavor to sharpen students’ communication skills in the target and native languages. Equipped with a Biblical world view, teachers challenge students to think critically about diversity, tolerance, cultural awareness, and history.

Wesleyan School offers Latin and two modern languages, French and Spanish. Our study of French and Spanish provides an opportunity for students to broaden their horizons globally, learning through language the culture, history, and peoples of the francophone and hispanophone world. These classes are conducted in the target language. The emphasis in Latin is on the Classics, allowing students an opportunity to explore the history, life, and times of the Roman Empire through study and active use of the Latin language and literary excerpts.


Standard 1 Standard 2 Honors
9th Grade French I
Latin I
Spanish I
French II
Latin II
Spanish II
French II Honors
Latin II Honors
Spanish II Honors
10th Grade French II
Latin II
Spanish II
French III
Latin III
Spanish III
French III Honors
Latin III Honors
Spanish III Honors
11th Grade French III
Latin III
Spanish III
French III or French Seminar
Latin III or Latin Seminar
Spanish III or Spanish Seminar
French IV Honors
Latin Seminar Honors
Spanish IV Honors
12th Grade French Seminar
Latin Seminar
Spanish Seminar
French Seminar
Latin Seminar
Spanish Seminar
AP French Language and Culture
Latin Seminar Honors
AP Spanish Language and Culture
 

Course Descriptions

French I

First-year French introduces students to the sounds and structures of the French language, and to cultures of the francophone world. This course fosters the foundation of a strong grammatical base and confidence in oral communication with an emphasis on vocabulary used in daily situations. Students approach language learning through a variety of methods, and begin to demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication.

Prerequisite: None
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

French II

Second-year French expands upon the basic skills acquired in French I with the acquisition of the future, perfect, and imperfect tenses, and an introduction to the subjunctive mood. Students approach language learning through a variety of methods, and continue to demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication.

Prerequisite: French I
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses Available

French III

Third-year French continues with daily-life vocabulary through various authentic written and audio passages. Grammar structures from the first two years are reinforced while presenting further present and compound tenses in the indicative, subjunctive, and conditional moods. Students approach language learning through a variety of methods, and demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication.

Prerequisite: French II
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses Available

French Seminar: Culture & Civilization

Students who have completed French III have the option of studying various topics in francophone cultures and civilization. Students learn to approach and respond through a variety of methods to authentic films and texts from the French-speaking world. The focus of this seminar is a broad overview of the culture and civilization of France and its colonies. Students will demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This is a performance-based course requiring the active and engaged participation of students on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: French III
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

French Seminar: Literature & Cinema

Students who have completed French III have the option of studying various topics in francophone cultures and civilization. Students learn to approach and respond through a variety of methods to authentic films and literary texts from the French-speaking world. The focus of this seminar is an overview of the rich and varied French cinema and literary genres. Students will demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This is a performance-based course requiring the active and engaged participation of students on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: French III
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

French IV Honors

Students continue to approach French language learning through a variety of methods, and demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This course takes students to the next level of grammar and syntax by using language in context from a variety of authentic sources, preparing them for a greater understanding of the French language and francophone cultures and for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture course. Solid speaking, reading and writing skills are required, along with a desire to perfect current skills.

Prerequisite: French III
Full-Year Course

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture

This course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. Students will demonstrate proficiency in French language through the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational. This course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of authentic cultural products, both tangible and intangible; practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and, perspectives (values, attitudes and assumptions that underlie both practices and products).

Prerequisite: French IV Honors; must have approval of the department chair.
Full-Year Course

Latin I

First-year Latin explores the profound impact of Roman culture on our modern world. A wide range of topics is surveyed within the context of Roman history, from the rise of the Republic to the fall of the Empire. Students are introduced to basic Latin grammar through readings and translations. Vocabulary studies target Latin words as well as English derivatives. Level-appropriate proficiency is demonstrated through translations and some oratory work.

Prerequisite: None
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

Latin II

Second-year Latin focuses on Roman history up to the end of the Roman Republic. The major events of this time period are revisited, with attention given to the accomplishments of individual Romans. Level-appropriate proficiency is demonstrated through translations and some oratory work, as readings contain more complex grammar and use a wider base of vocabulary. Students continue to learn English derivatives.

Prerequisite: Latin I
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses available.

Latin III

Third-year Latin focuses on the transition to the Roman Empire and its eventual fall. The major events of this time period are revisited, with attention given to the accomplishments of individual Romans. Level-appropriate proficiency is demonstrated through translations and some oratory work, as students continue to learn grammar, Latin vocabulary, and English derivatives. Readings now include original sources.

Prerequisite: Latin II
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses available.

Latin Seminar: Love & War

Students who have completed Latin III will continue to apply their training in Latin grammar, as readings focus almost exclusively on original texts. Students will study authentic sources treating the concepts of love and war, and translate passages from a variety of writers such as those of the Golden and Silver Ages and other important Greco-Roman texts. Students will demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This is a performance-based course requiring the active and engaged participation of students on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: Latin III
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses available.

Latin Seminar: Tragedy & Comedy

Students who have completed Latin III will continue to apply their training in Latin grammar, as readings focus almost exclusively on original texts. Students will study authentic sources and translate passages from a variety of writers such as those of the Golden and Silver Ages and other important Greco-Roman plays. Students will demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This is a performance-based course requiring the active and engaged participation of students on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: Latin III
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses available.

Spanish I

First-year Spanish introduces students to the sounds and structures of the Spanish language, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This course fosters the foundation of a strong grammatical base and confidence in oral communication with an emphasis on vocabulary used in daily situations. Students approach language learning through a variety of methods, and begin to demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication.

Prerequisite: None
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

Spanish II

Second-year Spanish expands upon the basic skills acquired in Spanish I with the acquisition of the future, perfect, and imperfect tenses, and an introduction to the subjunctive mood. Students approach language learning through a variety of methods, and continue to demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication.

Prerequisite: Spanish I
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses available

Spanish III

Third-year Spanish continues with daily-life vocabulary through various authentic written and audio passages. Grammar structures from the first two years are reinforced while presenting further present and compound tenses in the indicative, subjunctive, and conditional moods. Students approach language learning through a variety of methods, and demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication.

Prerequisite: Spanish II
Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses available

Spanish Seminar: History & Civilization

Students who have completed Spanish III have the option of studying various topics in hispanophone cultures and civilization. Students learn to approach and respond through a variety of methods to authentic films and literary texts from the Spanish-speaking world. The focus of this seminar is a broad overview of the history and civilization of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Students will demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This is a performance-based course requiring the active and engaged participation of students on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: Spanish III
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

Spanish Seminar: Literature & Cinema

Students who have completed Spanish III have the option of studying various topics in hispanophone cultures and civilization. Students learn to approach and respond through a variety of methods to authentic films and literary texts from the Spanish-speaking world. The focus of this seminar is an overview of the rich and varied cinema and literature of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Students will demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This is a performance-based course requiring the active and engaged participation of students on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: Spanish III
Full-Year Course
Standard Course

Spanish IV Honors

Students continue to approach Spanish language learning through a variety of methods, and demonstrate proficiency at an appropriate level by way of interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes of communication. This course takes students to the next level of grammar and syntax by using language in context from a variety of authentic sources, preparing them for a greater understanding of the Spanish language and hispanophone cultures and for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture course. Solid speaking, reading and writing skills are required, along with a desire to perfect current skills.

Prerequisite: Spanish III Honors
Full-Year Course

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture

This course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. Students will demonstrate proficiency in Spanish through the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational. This course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of authentic cultural products, both tangible and intangible; practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes and assumptions that underlie both practices and products).

Prerequisite: Spanish IV Honors; must have approval of the department chair.
Full-Year Course


Department Guidelines for AP Course Placement

AP French Language and Culture


  • Minimum grade of 83% in Level IV Honors of the language
  • Recommendation of the current teacher
  • Approval by the department chair

AP Spanish Language and Culture


  • Minimum grade of 83% in Level IV Honors of the language
  • Recommendation of the current teacher
  • Approval by the department chair