Learning a second language is invaluable. Opening our minds to another culture, another way of looking at the world, and another people gives us perspective on life in this world and a desire to learn even more. People who speak a second (or even a third) language prepare themselves to travel the world, enjoy learning about new cultures, music, and foods, and increase their brain power. Come jump into the world of languages with us.
Students should register for the 1A course if they are new to a language, or for a higher course if they have already taken a previous course or have an equivalent amount of experience with the language.
French, German, Spanish (Latin America)
All students taking French, German, or Spanish will have a monthly, live conversation with their fellow students and their language specialist instructor. Students in these courses will have the opportunity in these conversations to practice what they have learned and get pointers on things like pronunciation and usage. Students taking these languages will also have the opportunity to share what they learn in online presentations and discussions.
Other Available Languages
There are either 3 or 5 levels of study available in each language, as noted below. Each level takes approximately 20-70 hours to complete depending on an individual student’s aptitude for languages, the difficulty of the language selected, etc. Each level is worth 0.5 credits. For 3-level languages, a student can earn up to 1.5 credits total in Rosetta Stone. For 5-level languages, a student can earn up to 2.5 credits total. Please note that many colleges require two credits of a second language, and Williamsburg can only offer 1.5 credits of the languages for which only three levels are available, as explained below. If you plan to seek admission to a college that requires two years of a second language, you should select a language with 5 levels available, or study more than one language.
Languages with 3 levels available (1.5 credits total):
- Filipino (Tagalog)
- Persian (Farsi)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
Languages with 5 levels available (2.5 credits total):
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- English (US)
- Spanish (Latin America)
- Spanish (Spain)
The Course Framework table (below) shows how Rosetta Stone “Levels” translate to Williamsburg classes, using French as an example:
|Rosetta Stone Levels||Williamsburg Courses|
|French Level 1||French 1A|
|French Level 2||French 1B|
|French Level 3||French 2A|
|French Level 4||French 2B|
|French Level 5||French 3A|
Texts and Materials Students Must PurchaseStudents do not need to purchase any materials for this course. A Rosetta Stone login will be created through Williamsburg for each student at the start of the semester.
- Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman), 10th (Sophomore), 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior)
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 5*
- Format: Self-paced
- Credits: 0.5
*We recommend students spend one hour per weekday on Second Language.