Modern & Classical Languages
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.