At St. Peter’s School, we recognize the value and importance of celebrating world cultures in the classroom. Research shows that learning a second language improves brain functionality, builds multitasking skills, strengthens memory, and increases both perceptiveness and self-confidence. Furthermore, speaking more than one language promotes and preserves linguistic diversity. For these reasons (and more below), we introduce our students to French in Preschool and teach it all the way through Eighth Grade.
- More than 220 million people speak French on five continents, making it the second most widely learned foreign language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
- After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet.
- French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross, and international courts.
- French is often considered the language of culture, heavily influencing the worlds of food, fashion, the arts, architecture, and science.
- French provides a solid foundation for learning other languages, especially Romance languages and even English, since much of modern English vocabulary is derived from French.
What about Spanish? St. Peter’s School plans to introduce Spanish as a second world language option in the near future.