Modern Languages

Learning a Second Language means:

  • You can communicate with more people in the world.
  • You learn "neat stuff" about the daily life of other cultures: what people eat, what they wear, how they celebrate.
  • You can experience the art, music, drama, literature and sports of another culture first-hand, without having to rely on others to interpret for you.
  • You learn more about your own language and culture through comparison with another.
  • Travel is easier.
  • You have an advantage in further education and the job market.
  • The range of careers open to you is expanded.
  • You become a more creative and flexible thinker.
  • You can express new and different aspects of your personality.
  • A two-for-one deal: twice as many opportunities, twice as many experiences, twice as many friends = twice as much fun!
  • You can use a 30-level language as a substitute for Math 30 level courses if you plan on going into an Arts-based post-secondary program.

Important to Note:

  • Japanese and German 10 do not require a prerequisite; no previous study is required.
  • Prerequisite course entry requirements are not the same across all languages. Study carefully the course descriptions and special notes for each language. If in doubt as to your placement in your chosen program, please ask a SGCHS language teacher.
  • All languages courses are worth 5 credits.
  • Additional fees may be levied for field trips and other special activities.
  • The offering of all courses is subject to sufficient enrolment.

International Trips

It is recommended that students who are interested in participating in international travel begin to plan their finances before, or upon entering high school. The average cost of an international trip is $3,000 or more.