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One piece of providing a quality education and being part of a larger community of faith is the importance of learning a foreign language. When CC first opened, the school offered 3 languages: Latin, French, and Spanish. After several years, Latin was no longer offered, and French stopped being offered in the early 1990s only to be replaced by German instead. In addition to the different languages being offered today, the method of teaching foreign languages has also evolved. For many years, the students were able to listen and study new languages in the language lab.
Today, although language labs are no longer in use, the students continue to use technology to learn foreign languages. One example of utilization of technology in the classroom is the use of Duolingo, which is an online language resource the kids use every week to refresh and introduce new vocabulary. The students also use movies, news articles, and internet sites to familiarize themselves with the language. In addition to the technology-driven learning programs, the students also use low or no-tech learning strategies such as pen pals with schools in other countries as well as partner and group assignments and projects that require speaking or acting out plays.
Central Catholic has also closely integrated foreign language and faith by holding All School Mass in both Spanish and German in the past.
Beyond the languages, though, students are also taught about the different cultures. They did and continue to do this through food days where students bring in food from a specific country, specific cultural classes, or going on a summer class trip to a different country. The trips, especially, have been eye-opening for students, including the biennial German trip, which took place this last June. Frau Weintraut has detailed the student’s experience on the latest trip, which narrative can be found here.