French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
The instruction in modern world languages at Sparta High School reflects the most recent developments and significant changes in contemporary language teaching. The courses in modern world languages are taught using the four basic language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening.
The study of world languages enables students to: acquire an understanding of the nature of language and human communication; become more aware of the ideas, activities and attitudes of the non-English speaking world; become more appreciative and more tolerant of other cultures, thoughts, philosophies and ways of life; enrich their command of English; broaden their career opportunities in both the United States and abroad; and increase their opportunities for personal fulfillment.
The acquisition of language skills depends upon the completion of at least a four-year study sequence. The completion of a comprehensive program in a world language at the secondary level provides an excellent foundation for advanced study. The Sparta School District provides a five-year program of study in each of the four languages offered. Because the acquisition of a second language is a building process, students must attain a C+ or better before proceeding to the following level.