World Language Department

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Suffern High School offers students an opportunity to study French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.  All languages are available in a five-year sequence. Pending availability, there is also a two-year sequence available in American Sign Language.


The study of world languages deals with both linguistic and cultural objectives.  The linguistic objectives at the high school include the development of intermediate to advanced proficiency targets in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  The cultural objectives include the recognition of different perspectives, products and practices from the target cultures and exploration of how the products and practices may form these different perspectives, or vice versa. While studying culture, students will learn about:


  1. significant geographical, political and cultural characteristics
  2. contributions of the target culture to today’s societies, and
  3. the target language itself as a component of culture.  


All SHS World Language classes incorporate The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards that provide the major focus for all our courses. The Learning Standards are:

Communicate in Languages Other Than English

Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information

Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World


Athletics Advisory:

Please be aware that, as per Section One guidelines, visiting team fans can not attend athletic contests on any Suffern Central Campus.  Regarding home team fans, only those spectators whose names appear on our approved list that is provided to us by the athletes will be permitted to attend a contest.  All other spectators will have to remain in their cars or leave the campus.