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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

Modern & Classical Languages


Bishop McNamara High School Students visit Spain as part of the Spain Exchange program

      Students visit Spain as part of Spain Exchange Program​​​​

 

Bishop McNamara students are involved in a full cultural immersion teaching them 

  • to learn another language

  • to gain insight into native users of the language

  • to garner respect for the people who are native users of the language

We teach World Languages at Bishop McNamara through a Communicative Language Teaching process where we integrate the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking using a top-down methodology, additionally focusing on culture, allowing the students to process language as naturally as possible.

The MCL teachers are always looking for that "extra" that makes the difference between us and other foreign language programs. We do our best to give our students different activities using multiple approaches that allow them to acquire the necessary skills to understand the language and the culture.

The goals of the Modern & Classical Languages department are aligned with those of the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Through their study of a language or languages at BMHS, students will learn (where applicable) to speak, listen, read and write in Arabic, American Sign Language, French, Latin and Spanish in a teacher-directed class.

Two consecutive years of one of the in-class languages offered by the MCL department are required for graduation. Students who demonstrate ability, interest, and commitment are encouraged to take three or four years of one language and/or try a second language after fulfilling the basic requirements. See each course description for more information and prerequisites.


MORE MODERN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AT BMHS

ABOUT OUR FACULTY

MS. SAFAA ROUMANI takes BMHS students to visit a temple

Ms. Safaa Roumani, Arabic Teacher, takes students to visit a temple

The Modern and Classical Languages Faculty involves the students in full cultural immersion, teaching them to not only learn another language, but also to gain insight into and garner respect for the people who are native users of the language.

The MCL teachers are always looking for that "extra" that makes the difference between us and other foreign language programs. We do our best to give our students different activities using multiple approaches that allow them to acquire the necessary skills to understand the language and the culture.

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty Directory

Honors and Advanced Placement

Students in Honors Spanish and & all French students are required to participate in the National Exams. These exams take place every Spring. In 2018, almost 75,000 students participated in Le Grand Concours (French) and over 162,000 students took the NSE (Spanish).

Advanced Placement courses are available in French LanguageSpanish Language and Spanish Literature. The focus of these courses is on mastering the speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills necessary to go into the exam with confidence. For more information, go to Advanced Placement Program.

Honor Societies

BMHS students receive honors certificates for excellence in Spanish

BMHS students receive honors certificates for excellence in Spanish

We honor those students who persevere and excel in French and Spanish by inducting them into the Société Honoraire de Français or the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica respectively.

Modern & Classical Language Courses

American Sign Language 1, 2 & 3
Honors Arabic 1, 2 & 3
French 1 & 2
Honors French 1, 2, 3 & 4
Advanced Placement French Language
Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4
Honors Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Advanced Placement Spanish Language
Advanced Placement Spanish Literature
Honors Latin 1, 2, 3 & 4
Latin American Film & Culture
 

For full descriptions of these courses and any prerequisites,  go to

Modern & Classical Languages Department FAQs

Why should students study languages? What are some of the benefits for students who study languages?

Students should study foreign languages not only for the obvious cultural, historic and socio-political awareness, but also because bilingualism shows definitive cognitive advantages according to the Bialystok and Martin-Rhee study from 2004. (New York Times, May 2012). When students study a foreign language they inevitably have to learn something about the culture of the people who speak it. This means that the students do not only expand their linguistic skills, but their understanding of people of other cultures as well. Studying a foreign language is the best way to bridge the gap between cultures.

Why study languages at Bishop McNamara?

BMHS recruits language teachers who are native speakers and/or have near-native fluency and are experts in their field. While some are natives of the language, all are professionals who use the language apart from their lives here at the school. This keeps them abreast of current cultural and language developments and therefore, provides BMHS students with useful information that broadens their scope of America and abroad. Bishop McNamara offers the student a well-focused foreign language program, as well as a nurturing and dynamic classroom atmosphere, where he/she would be able to maximize the learning experience.

How can parents help their students to be successful in the study of foreign languages?

The best thing parents can do to help their student achieve success in the study of foreign languages is to encourage them to visit and practice the language each day. Whether it be through the use of the website tutorials or through reading a book, or even watching TV in the target language, students should come in contact with the language each day.

Using the promise of travel abroad, either while in high school and/or college, can be very enticing to students learning a foreign language.

How far can my student go in the study of foreign languages here at the Bishop McNamara?

Extraordinarily capable and motivated students can go as far as the AP level in Spanish. If a student has an interest in excelling in any given language, he or she will go the extra mile to complete all the assignments and make use of the target language as much as possible. Additionally, some students are able to work their schedules in such a way that they can take four years in one language and, somewhere along the way, pick up a second language. We highly encourage the study of more than one language if the schedule allows for it.

Travel Abroad With BMHS!

Bishop McNamara High School Students visit Spain as part of the Spain Exchange program

Travel with us and really experience the languages and cultures you are studying.

2019 Spain Exchange
2018 Italy
2017 Spain Exchange
2016 Spain Exchange
2016 Ireland
2016 France
2016 Argentina
2015 Spain Exchange
2014 Italy
2014 France
2013 Spain Exchange
2012 Spain
2012 Costa Rica
2011 Spain Exchange/Service
2011 France
2010 Spain
2009 Québec
2009 Spain Exchange
2008 Spain Exchange
2006 Northern Spain
2004 Southern Spain
2003 Québec

Cultural Clubs

Cultural Clubs offer opportunities for learning and practicing outside of the classroom.

Both the Spanish and French Clubs host a variety of cultural, fun events, where club members enjoy music, food, movies, field trips and other activities that help make the language more relevant and meaningful for students.

Language Websites to Explore