A Salesian Gentleman is an effective communicator who has the ability to build meaningful relationships in diverse, global environments and situations. The talented faculty that comprise Salesianum’s World Languages department bring a wealth of diverse cultural knowledge and educational experiences and each brings a passion for their expertise to the classroom every day.
 
Four-year classes are offered in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin and American Sign Language, with AP classes offered in Chinese, French and Spanish. Opportunities for international travel through BRIDGE service learning trips and exchange programs are offered throughout the year. As a result, students are not only expected to master the language, but to also understand and appreciate the culture that it represents. Graduates, upon completion of their World Languages coursework are positioned to confidently pursue their vocations as Salesian Gentlemen.

World Languages Faculty

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Pavla Osborn

    Mrs. Pavla Osborn 

    World Language Department Chair & Faculty
  • Photo of Shelley Collier

    Ms. Shelley Collier 

    Faculty
  • Mr. Andrew Karsh 

    Faculty
  • Ms. Sofika Londo 

  • Photo of Amanda Matarese

    Mrs. Amanda Matarese 

    Faculty
  • Mr. Linus Morales 

    Faculty
  • Ms. Rebecca Penix-Tadsen 

  • Ms. Caitlin Polidori 

  • Mr. David  Tyler 

9th Grade Courses

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  • Courses

    American Sign Language I-CP, HN
    French I-CP, AC, HN
    French II-CP, AC, HN
    Latin I-AC, HN
    Mandarin Chinese I
    Mandarin Chinese II
    Mandarin Chinese III
    Spanish I Seminar-CP
    Spanish II Seminar-CP
    Spanish I-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish II-CP, AC, HN

10th Grade Courses

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    American Sign Language I-CP, HN
    American Sign Language II-CP, HN
    American Sign Language III-CP, HN
    French I-CP, AC, HN
    French II-CP, AC, HN
    French III-CP, AC, HN
    Latin I-AC, HN
    Latin II-AC, HN
    Latin IV: Sport & Entertainment in Ancient Rome and Greece-HN
    Mandarin Chinese I
    Mandarin Chinese II
    Mandarin Chinese III
    Mandarin Chinese IV
    Spanish I Seminar-CP
    Spanish II Seminar-CP
    Spanish I-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish II-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish III-CP, AC, HN

11th Grade Courses

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    American Sign Language I-CP, HN
    American Sign Language II-CP, HN
    American Sign Language III-CP, HN
    French I-CP, AC, HN
    French II-CP, AC, HN
    French III-AC, HN
    French IV-HN
    AP French Language & Culture
    Latin I-AC, HN
    Latin II-AC, HN
    Latin III-AC, HN
    Latin IV: Sport & Entertainment in Ancient Rome and Greece-HN
    Mandarin Chinese I
    Mandarin Chinese II
    Mandarin Chinese III
    Mandarin Chinese IV
    AP Chinese Language and Culture
    Spanish I Seminar-CP
    Spanish II Seminar-CP
    Spanish III Seminar-CP
    Spanish I-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish II-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish III-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish III-AC, HN
    AP Spanish Language & Culture

12th Grade Courses

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    American Sign Language I-CP, HN
    American Sign Language II-CP, HN
    American Sign Language III-CP, HN
    American Sign Language IV-AC
    French I-CP, AC, HN
    French II-CP, AC, HN
    French III-AC, HN
    French IV-HN
    AP French Language & Culture
    Latin I-AC, HN
    Latin II-AC, HN
    Latin III-AC, HN
    Latin IV: Sport & Entertainment in Ancient Rome and Greece-HN
    Mandarin Chinese I
    Mandarin Chinese II
    Mandarin Chinese III
    Mandarin Chinese IV
    AP Chinese Language and Culture
    Spanish I Seminar-CP
    Spanish II Seminar-CP
    Spanish III Seminar-CP
    Spanish I-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish II-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish III-CP, AC, HN
    Spanish III-AC, HN
    AP Spanish Language & Culture

Phasing System

At Salesianum, phasing seeks to intellectually challenge students in a positive learning environment among peers. Each student is placed in a particular phase in Religious Studies, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, World Languages, and Science. Differences between phases of the same course can include breadth and/or depth of content instruction, pacing, academic rigor, and homework expectations. Additionally, the expectations regarding compositions, analysis, research, and rhetorical capabilities differ among the phases. The characteristics of courses in each phase are as follows:
  • College Prep Foundations (CP): CP courses with the “Foundations” designation are available in English, Mathematics, and Spanish for 9th and 10th-grade courses. Fundamentals are emphasized to develop foundations for success at the college level. Scheduling of these courses allows for the best student-teacher ratio available. These courses are characterized by reinforcement of study and organization skills, frequent assessments, scaffolding (moving students progressively toward greater understanding), and a variety of methodologies including guided discussion. Students build their composition, research, and rhetoric skills.
  • College Prep (CP): CP courses emphasize fundamentals in preparation for the college level. Students are actively led toward greater academic independence. These courses are characterized by frequent assessments, scaffolding (moving students progressively toward greater understanding), and a variety of methodologies. Students build their composition, research, and rhetoric skills.
  • Accelerated (AC): Accelerated courses are characterized by increased pace, depth, and connections among unit concepts. Students are cognitively engaged for independent work, and the instructor challenges students to rapidly reach higher-order thinking. Students consistently demonstrate their established composition, research, and rhetoric skills. When calculating GPAs, 0.2 points are added to AC courses.
  • Honors (HN): Honors courses challenge students with exceptional content depth and complexity. Course tasks proceed rapidly from content introduction to higher-order thinking which challenges students to connect concepts and to apply knowledge to new situations. Formative assessment (monitoring student learning) is included, but summative assessment (evaluating student learning) drives the grading for these courses. Students should build upon established composition, research, and rhetoric skills and anticipate exceptionally rigorous expectations. When calculating GPAs, 0.3 points are added to HN courses.
  • Advanced Placement (A.P.): These college-level courses are governed by the curriculum of the Advanced Placement Program (A. P. Program) of the College Board and all syllabi are College Board approved. For an A. P. course, after successful completion of the cumulative examination offered by the College Board, college credit or advanced standing may be granted. When calculating GPAs, 0.4 points are added to A.P. courses.