Windermere offers various different language courses for students from grade 9 to 12. Students may choose to take French, Spanish, or Mandarin courses. There are also four levels of ELL courses: ELL1, ELL2, Transitional ( Jr. and Sr. ) and ELC (8-10)/ ELC Composition (11-12)
Students will not only learn the language but will also have the opportunity to learn about different cultures in Modern Languages. Students will learn the oral language in the first year and will further proceed to learn grammar and writing skills. Second language classes usually have projects that will further develop the student’s language skill including participating in plays and analyzing movies/short stories in the second language. In ELL courses, students will concentrate on four areas of languages acquisition: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
Second languages usually require pre-requisites as the concepts learned in previous years will be used in the senior/higher second language levels. However, students may choose to take beginners classes which do not require students to have pre-requisites. Placements, initially, into ELL courses will be determined at the DRPC; further advancement into ELL courses will be determined by testing at the school level and/or by department recommendation.