Connect across cultures.
The study of language and culture has the power to develop responsible and committed global citizens. Today, it is more critical than ever before, as accelerating growth in technology is making the world ever smaller and enabling expanding connections between people and communities around the planet.
We work with students on the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In the Branson language classroom, we communicate only in the target language, and whenever possible, we enhance this linguistically rich classroom environment with the immersive experiences of international travel and connection with local communities.
At the end of our program, you will feel confident communicating with native speakers both orally and in writing and reading literature and consuming content in the target language. You will also learn to appreciate a variety of cultural perspectives that will help you feel comfortable engaging in communities other than your own.
If you are a native Spanish speaker, you might find yourself connecting with other Branson students who speak Spanish at home and deepening your language skills through cultural units based on arts, literature, history and politics of different Spanish speaking cultures.
Through the Branson language program, you will find yourself communicating meaningfully across different communities and cultures, and equipped to use this knowledge for positive change in the world.
12 units (3 years) of one language or 16 units (2 years each) of two languages
Students are welcome to sign up for any first-year language, or take a placement test to determine placement into a higher level. The Language Department strongly encourages students to take four years of one language to derive maximum benefit from the program.
- Italian III
- AP Italian Language and Culture
- Latin II
- Latin III
- Latin IV Honors: Golden Age Poetry
- Mandarin I
- Mandarin II
- Mandarin III
- Mandarin IV Honors
- Mandarin V
- Spanish I
- Spanish II
- Spanish III Honors
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- Spanish V: History, Culture and Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World
Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers
- Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers
- Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers Advanced
- Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers III: AP Spanish Language and Culture
- Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers IV
For a complete list of language courses and their descriptions, read the 2022-23 Curriculum Guide.