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World Languages

Welcome to the World Language Department! We are a comprehensive language department offering seven languages.

All languages offer a minimum of four years. Honors and Advanced Placement courses currently are offered in Spanish, French, Italian, German and Chinese.

Our curriculum is aligned to the National State Standards, ACTFL standards and CTCore.

Below you will find the complete list of languages and some frequently asked questions.

Please see the GHS Course of Study Guide and the World Language Course Sequencing Guide for additional information.

Language Overview:

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the top five languages in the U.S. today. Increasingly, parents are using sign language to communicate with their babies since babies can learn to sign earlier than they can learn to speak. ASL is a popular class at Greenwich High School for visual learners. For students who wish to pursue careers working in education and special needs, and for students who enjoy the dramatic arts. Want to learn more? Check out an episode of “Switched at Birth “on Freeform!

Mandarin Chinese

China is one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures. It is over 5,000 years old. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world. Learning Mandarin opens the way to important fields such as Chinese politics, economics, history and archaeology. China is one of the largest trading partners of the United States. Many U.S. companies conduct business in China. Chinese speakers are valued in the business world.


French is the language of diplomacy, international agencies, cuisine, art, fashion, and business. You already have a head start since about 50% of English vocabulary comes from French! Join us at Greenwich High School to learn to speak, read, write, and most importantly, enjoy the culture of France and the richness of its language.


What do German, Austrian and Swiss teenagers like you enjoy? What are their favorite sports and sports teams, what music is popular, and what’s in fashion? What are German pretzels, cakes and chocolate like? Have fun learning about German language and culture, and about the largest economy in the European Union. Knowing German will be a big plus in preparing for an international career. You will be amazed at how quickly you’ll start to speak this important world language.


Ciao a tutti!! Learn the most beautiful sounding language and all about its incredible culture and traditions. Italy is a leader in today’s world in food, fashion, cars and sports. Everyone wants to be Italian, find out why! Join us on our trip to Italy during spring break and explore firsthand the riches Italy has to offer. Arrivederci!


¡Bienvenidos! Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic. Join us as we explore not just the language but also the diverse cultures that speak this exciting language: Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, to name a few!


Carpe diem!
Latin isn’t dead; it is alive everywhere you look. Join Dr. Seuss and Eudora Welty in their love of Latin.
"It allows you to adore words, take them apart and find out where they came from." (Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), NY Times, 2 March 2004)
“It took Latin to thrust me into bona fide alliance with words in their true meaning. Learning Latin...fed my love for words, words in continuation and modification, and the beautiful accretion of sentences...” (Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings, p.31)

Program Contact Information:

Ms. Christina Shaw
GHS World Language Administrator

Ms. Elizabeth Fancher
Program Associate

For information on World Language course overrides, please contact:
Ms. Adriane Klein  
Program Coordinator


The best way to contact a teacher is via email. Please see the Staff Directory for email addresses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible for my child to enroll in more than one world language in 9th grade?

Yes. Students at Greenwich High School are often able to fit more than one language into their schedule.

Is a world language required for graduation from Greenwich High School?

Yes. Beginning with the class of 2016, students must complete two years a world language in order to fulfill the Greenwich High School graduation requirement.

Can my child switch languages if he does not want to continue with the language he/she began in middle school?

Students have the option to continue with the language they began in middle school or to begin one of the other foreign language offerings described in this brochure. We encourage students to achieve their highest possible level of language acquisition. If they begin a new language at Greenwich High School, they will have the opportunity to reach level four in that language by their senior year.