Modern & Classical Language Options

Choosing a language is one of the most important decisions a student needs to make. Please discuss with your daughter which world language taught at STA would be the best option for her. You might consider the following questions:

  • Has your daughter already taken a language?
  • Does she want to continue in that same language?
  • Does she want to begin a new language?
  • Are languages difficult for her?
  • Does she need to improve her English vocabulary/grammar?

STA has a three-year world language requirement, starting with two consecutive years of French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.  For the third year, students may continue in their original world language or begin another.  All students are strongly encouraged to take four years of a world language. STA currently offers on campus Levels I-IV in French, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Eligible students may pursue further studies at Rockhurst University for dual credit.   

Qualifying Exams
Incoming students with prior experience in a world language may take qualifying exams to see whether they qualify for a course above level I. Details appear on the STA website each spring.  Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions. Click here to learn more about qualifying exams.

French brings us the world!  French and English are the only languages spoken on all continents.  More than 200 million people speak French in over 55 countries, including a million Americans. Speaking French opens the door to careers in diplomacy, law, international business, medicine, education, fashion and the arts! French is the official language of more than 28 countries – including Canada, our largest trade partner – and of many world organizations like the European Union and the United Nations. The French language is highly accessible to American students, with over 10,000 cognates and a wealth of shared historical and cultural references! Exploring French culture through film, literature, art, history, travel and our “Club Français” – C’est magnifique!

A student’s reading, writing, and speaking of her own language is improved by studying Latin. Latin students consistently outperform all other language students on the verbal portion of the SAT. More than 90% of words over two syllables are derived from Latin; therefore, the study of Latin will develop the vocabulary necessary for a career in law, medicine, and education. Classical references and mythology are constantly embedded in western literature. Because of its word structure and sentence patterns, Latin stimulates such mental qualities as being observant, accurate, analytic and logical. Latin provides a solid foundation for the acquisition of other languages, such as the Romance languages, Russian, and German.

Mandarin Chinese*
China is the second largest economy in the world today and one of largest trading partners of the United States. Mandarin is the primary language of 1.3 billion people in China. It is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities across the globe. Increasing numbers of major universities in the US today offer programs in Chinese Studies and Internship programs to China. The ability to speak, read, and write Chinese is a marketable skill and valuable addition to have on a resume, necessary for the global marketplace. China will play a major role in world affairs in the near future. Understanding Chinese language and culture will afford the next generation countless opportunities to collaborate in business, education, culture, politics, and many other fields.
*Classes are taught by a native speaker. This is a synchronous class taught via interactive distance learning and/or online.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States and in the world. Many of the 50 million Spanish speakers in the U.S. require bilingual doctors, nurses, lawyers, and engineers to work with them. In today’s global economy, employers seek bilingual employees who can work abroad. Studying Spanish will increase your ability to analyze and interpret information from other subject areas. Spanish will help you understand English grammar as well as expand your English vocabulary. Knowing Spanish can also help you pick up other related languages like Portuguese. Speaking Spanish is a great way to promote cultural understanding between speakers of English and Spanish in the United States.

Questions?  Kelly McKee, Director of Recruitment & Enrollment:  816.501.0035 and