In today's global society, learning a second language is key to understanding other cultures and becoming a global citizen. In providing that opportunity for students, the GHS World Languages department offers programs in French, German and Spanish. Students can take regular or honors classes in all three languages as well as Level V AP classes. Our World Languages classes offer authentic learning experiences for each of the target languages through the four essential components of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Knowing a second language is a 21st century skill that gives students advantages in applying to colleges and for future career options. Most of our students take 3-4 years of a World Language during high school; many even enroll in a second World Language. The WL department offers student travel opportunities every year. Spanish students will travel to Costa Rica this spring break while a new group is forming for travel to Spain for spring break 2017. French and German students have a biannual opportunity to travel to France and Germany during the summers. These trips offer excellent authentic language and culture learning experiences.
Beginning in the spring of 2016, our seniors in levels IV and V in World Languages will have the opportunity to take an exam for Seal of Biliteracy honors through the State of Illinois.