The Language program at Marian High School provides the opportunity to accomplish several objectives among which are:
1. To learn more about other people.
2. To learn more about ourselves.
A people's language is the cornerstone of its culture. Language is for communication. Marian stresses this in its offerings of French, Spanish and Italian. Emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills. As the student progresses, more emphasis is placed on writing and reading. This process parallels the manner in which infants learn their native tongue. Participation in this process leads the student to greater insights into the structure of English and, as such, has much "carry-over" influence in other academic areas. This aspect of language learning is of particular significance in the Latin program where, through rigorous analysis of form, function and vocabulary, a student can truly come to grips with English and thereby use it as a tool for expanding his/her knowledge.
In addition, the Marian Language Department strives to provide insights into our western civilization and to develop the ability to look at reality from several different vantage points. The curriculum at Marian High School offers and requires the successful completion of two years' study of the same foreign language in order to graduate. Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish are available to the students. A continuation of the study of these languages beyond the required two years is recommended for all students.