Villa Madonna Academy has a progressive World Language Program in grades 7-12. Junior high students in grade 7 study French or Spanish, and upon entering grade 8 they are enrolled in French I, Spanish I, or Latin I. High school students are required to take three years of a world language, and two of those years must be in the same language. Offerings include: Spanish I, II, III, AP and Spanish V; French I, II, III, AP, and French V; Latin I, II, III, AP and Greek.
Our outstanding program is rooted in the philosophy of The Kentucky Standard for World Languages Proficiency, based on the LinguaFolio Can Do statements:
- Everyone can learn a language, but everyone learns at a different pace, in different ways and for different purposes.
- Students need to take ownership of & responsibility for their own learning.
- Learning occurs when what is learned has meaning to the learner.
- Goal setting and self-assessment increase motivation and improve achievement.
- Standards, benchmarks, indicators and targets are meant to guide learning and should be shared with learners.
- Functional use of the language in appropriate intercultural contexts is the prime objective.
- A teacher’s role is to guide learning, provide language learning opportunities & resources and enable learners to set goals and know if they’ve met them.
- Assessment for learning and of language learning should be designed so that the learner can show s/he demonstrates the benchmark/target.
Villa Madonna Academy high school students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with our partner school in Madrid and for a total-immersion language study in Costa Rica.