World Language Department
We in the language department of Creighton Preparatory School believe that the study of a language other than one's own native language is the most direct means to expose students to diverse cultures short of actually living in another culture. Language, while not the only means, is the principal means of transmission and storage of cultural identity. It is our task to guide students to both an appreciation for the differences in the world views of those who speak or spoke languages other than English and to an understanding of the role of language in shaping our thoughts and values as well as the inherent limitations of any one language to adequately express human ideas and emotions.
In Spanish, French and German we achieve these ends by improving the students' abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing the target language in order to facilitate his understanding of these target cultures. In Latin, since no one today communicates in oral Latin as a native language, our focus is on teaching the student to read Latin along with a secondary focus on writing so that he can read the actual words of the ancient Romans and benefit from a first-hand exposure to ancient Roman culture.
NOTE: All courses are two semesters in length. The introductory foreign language courses of first and second year advance the student to the point where he can appreciate and take advantage of the cultural and educational values of a foreign language. The benefits of fundamental study and drill are gained principally by the student who continues foreign language through a third and fourth year. Many colleges are moving toward reinstating requirements for foreign language proficiency as a requirement for graduation. Four solid years of high school language will often fulfill that requirement where it exists, so it is generally a good idea to continue language study for the full four years. Advancement to the third-year courses requires the approval of the second-year teacher.