World Language Department

Why Study a Foreign Language?

Over the last 30 years, various research has shown that students who study a foreign language have improved overall school performance and superior problem solving skills.

At the high school level, students who study a foreign language have statistically higher scores on standardized tests conducted in English such as the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT exams.  Studying a foreign language may result in improved analytic and interpretive capacities, which are essential skills on these standardized tests.

In addition to improving test scores, students who study a foreign language in high school not only learn to speak and understand a foreign language, they also learn about other countries and gain an understanding and respect for people from other cultures.

Online Textbooks

Many of the books used in language classes have wonderful on-line materials available. Because foreign language study entails much more than what can be accomplished in 47 minutes, 5 times a week, teachers encourage students to make use of as much of the supplementary materials as possible. Students should spend time using the wonderful practice activities and on-line books listed below:

The FRENCH textbooks, Discovering French (bleu - 1, blanc - 2, rouge -3) are accessible on-line at
Follow the prompts: World Languages > Maryland > choose the correct book. Username: SVHSfrench and Password: frenchbook

Students in SPANISH courses levels 1, 2 and 3 using the Realidades series can access supplementary materials on-line at:

Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

Our Clubs & Organizations

French Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society