While students now have the choice of Italian or Spanish for their second language, this previously was not the case.
”We just introduced Italian to the curriculum this year, so students can choose that for their language. We used to have French as well but it had to be dropped due to a lack of staff,” said IB Spanish teacher and world languages department head Brian Sullivan. “However, Spanish is the only language available that also is part of the International Baccalaureate [IB] curriculum.”
Teachers in the department believe language is going to become even more important in today’s interconnected era.
”[Learning a language] is so much more important in today’s global age, especially with how prevalent the internet has become. People from entirely different countries can now connect with one another instantly, and strong communication skills, especially in foreign languages, will become a priority,” said IB Spanish and Theory of Knowledge [TOK] teacher Jessica Price.
Sophomore Noah Breder has nothing but positive feelings towards learning a second language.
“I’ve always liked my Spanish class, especially my teacher, Mrs. Reynolds. Spanish is probably the most spoken language apart from English, of course, so I’m glad to be learning it,” said Breder.
Freshmen also have a similar opinion on the topic of becoming bilingual.
“My mom has always spoken Spanish and it’d be nice to hear what she’s saying. I’d probably want to continue learning a language after high school, probably Spanish but I haven’t decided yet,” said freshman Michael Lagarino.
Although an additional world language is not required for graduation, taking the opportunity can greatly benefit the future of students.