World Languages

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World Languages 2018-09-21T09:28:04-05:00

World Languages Department

As nations become increasingly interdependent, the need for effective communication and sensitivity to foreign cultures becomes increasingly important. Language study opens doors to new cultures, thereby enhancing the student’s education in a multitude of areas – including fine arts, history, geography, gastronomy and sociology. Through Pius XI’s World Languages program, students learn to think bi-culturally from both their own perspectives and that of the region being studied. Students develop language proficiency, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, and a desire to seek first-hand experiences in an effort to become global citizens.

“Expand your horizons by taking advantage of our Traveling Abroad (with homestays) and Class Trips. Both are great ways to practice language skills and experience the cultural differences within our global world.”
Phillip Losey, Department Chair

The World Languages Program is Designed to:

  • Give students the skills for proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing an acquired language.
  • Foster cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation.
  • Identify connections between the native language and the acquired language with the goal of a deeper understanding of the mechanics of both languages.
  • Be taken all four years for language proficiency. 

Course Offerings

  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • French 4
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • Spanish for Second Language Learners
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • AP Spanish

World Language Faculty

Phillip Losey (Department Chairperson): 
Nicole Tridimas:
Sherri Dodd:

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School