Foreign Languages

Students today prepare for tomorrow's reality, in which they will need to function effectively in varied contexts. The constant shrinking of the globe will expand their experience beyond that of previous generations, to include contacts with other languages and cultures, both in their private lives and in their work. Languages are increasingly demanded in a wide range of professions. To succeed, students will need new tools, many of which are available primarily, if not solely, through the study of other languages. All academic subjects contribute to this end, in an integrated fashion, to aid students in realizing the connections among the parts of their education. Basic subject matter includes the development of verbal, reasoning, and listening skills and knowledge of the great​ achievements of human cultures-artistic, literary, scientific, etc.​ ​​Effective communication requires an understanding of the target language and culture under study and ones own, which implies the ability to interact confidently within many arenas, including the workplace and communities where the language is spoken. An understanding and appreciation of the diversity of languages and cultures, including ones own. These tools aid students to function as responsible, informed, and confident citizens, and to enhance their personal development. They allow the finding of ones own place in the wider world. It is recommended that all college-bound students take at least two years of at one world language.  GCAA offers World Language options through student licenses with Rosetta Stone at the high school level in a technology assisted lab environment.   Languages offered in the language lab include, but are not limited to:  Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Japanese.