Learning a language is an integral part of being a high school student in the United States. With many different languages spoken throughout the world, we want Fairfield Prep students to be as versed as they can be in a foreign language. The Foreign Language curriculum at Fairfield Prep strives to incorporate the “Five C’s” on teaching languages: communication, culture, connection, comparison and community. Fairfield Prep requires all students to complete their Language studies through the 3rd level in one language (Latin, French or Spanish); however, many students continue through the AP levels.Our classes are offered at different levels and abilities, allowing our students to learn the language in a setting that is appropriate.
The Foreign Language Department sponsors the Spanish and French Honor Societies and the Latin classes attend the annual Latin day, a festival of surrounding schools where they celebrate all things Latin. As a department, we are involved in community service to the surrounding towns and have a great relationship with the Caroline House, a center for women, and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission Center. The Honor Societies tutor, mentor and donate to these locations throughout the year.
The Foreign Language Department at Fairfield Prep strives to give students the foundation to succeed in the language and within the community. Faculty members are energetic, passionate and proud to help students gain the same love that they have for languages.
- Ms. Melissa A. Laguzza
Department Chair, Foreign Languages
Students are required to complete three years of language through Level 3.
- Introductory Spanish
- Intermediate Spanish
- Honors Intermediate Spanish
- Spanish 3
- Honors Spanish 3: Advanced Grammar and Introduction to Literature
- Honors Spanish 4: Modern Hispanic Literature
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- AP Spanish Literature and Culture
This course is designed for the student who has excelled in Basic Spanish. In addition to the goals of the Intermediate Spanish, the Honors Intermediate Spanish student will pursue a study of Spanish grammar at a faster pace and in greater depth than a student will in Intermediate Spanish. The Honors Intermediate Spanish class is conducted in Spanish to the greatest degree possible, and the main objective is to develop the student’s ability in the four major language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
This course is designed to help the student improve and refine his ability to understand and speak Spanish. Reading of literary selections is designed to help him expand his knowledge of Hispanic culture and literature as well as vocabulary and modern idiom. The student is engaged in a comprehensive review of grammar. Heavy emphasis is placed on speaking, listening comprehension, and reading skills.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
All juniors enrolled in this course are required to take the AP exam.
The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the full range of communication modes (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), thereby honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, literary criticism).All juniors enrolled in this course are required to take the AP exam.
- Introductory French
- Intermediate French
- French 3
- Honors French 3: Advanced French Grammar and Introduction to French Literature
- Honors French 4: French Culture and Civilization / Honors French 5: Advanced Culture and Francophone Literature
- AP French Language and Culture
- Introductory Latin
- Intermediate Latin
- Honors Intermediate Latin
- Latin 3: Prose, Heroes and Legends
- Honors Latin 3: Literature of the Late Republic and the Age of Augustus
- AP Latin
All juniors enrolled in AP Latin are required to take the AP exam.