The World Language Department of Villa Maria recognizes the need for all students to be able to communicate with the global community and meet the challenges of the 21st century. Students must study at least 3 consecutive years of one language (French, Latin, or Spanish); although most students choose to continue their language studies beyond this requirement. The study of a second world language is also available as an elective.

Language Acquisition

The course of study provides the opportunity to meet all aspects of language learning, with an emphasis on communication: vocabulary development, grammatical structure, reading and listening comprehension, civilization and culture, literature, composition, and (for the modern world languages) oral proficiency in the target language. The learning environment encourages risk-taking and problem-solving skills.

Cultural Understanding

The culture-centered curriculum encourages an appreciation for diversity, and promotes empathy toward and an understanding of foreign peoples and cultures. Students gain perspective on other cultures so that they may better understand their own.

Authentic Experiences

Students are encouraged to apply their language skills in the classroom setting and beyond. Language is studied in context via authentic, real-life resources, and meaningful experiences so that students become better informed citizens of the world. Opportunities for students to travel and practice the language and culture are provided both locally and abroad.

Language Clubs

The French, Latin, and Spanish Language Clubs promote excellence in the study of world languages and cultivate an interest in and deeper understanding of the history and culture of countries around the world. Membership in each club is open to all interested students.

Language Honor Societies

Villa Maria offers a number of honor societies that recognize overall academic achievement in world languages.

  • French Honor Society. The French Honor Society promotes excellence in the study of French, and cultivates interest in the history and culture of French-speaking countries.
  • Latin Honor Society. The Latin Honor Society deepens the students’ understanding of the Latin Language and the Roman Civilization that is the foundation of our own.
  • Spanish Honor Society. The Spanish Honor  Society  promotes excellence in the study of the Spanish language and encourages interest in the culture and history of Spain and Latin America.

World Language Department Faculty

  • Mrs. Dianne Goddard


    Ext. 1410

    B.A. French

    Rosemont College

    M.B.A. Marketing; Concentration: International Marketing

    Villanova University

  • Mrs. Sarah Carroll

    Ext. 1136

    B.S. Kinesiology with French Minor

    The Pennsylvania State University

    I.I.E.F. Troisième Degré

    Université des Sciences Humaines, Strasbourg

    M.S. Ed. Secondary Education

    The University of Pennsylvania

  • Ms. Nicole Gargiulo

    Ext. 1140

    B.S. Spanish

    Millersville University

    M.Ed. Spanish

    West Chester University

  • Mrs. Cristina McLachlan

    Ext. 1409

    B.A. History

    University of Puerto Rico


    Villanova University School of Law

    M.Ed. (in progress)

    Cabrini University

  • Ms. Belen Medina-Mendoza

    Ext. 1103

    B.A. Pre-Med and Psychology

    University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican Univesity

    M.Ed. Bilingual/Bicultural Education

    Lehigh University

    M.Ed. Instructional Technology (in progress)

    DeSales University

  • Ms. Katlyn Yost

    Ext. 1312

    B.S. Secondary Education World Language; Classical Languages and Literature

    Temple University

    M.A. Classical Studies (In Progress)

    Villanova University

Course Sequence

Spanish 1Spanish 2Spanish 3 (CP, H)Spanish 4 (CP, H)
Spanish 5 (H)
Ap Spanish Language
French 1
French 2

French 3 (CP, H)French 4 (H)
French 5 (H)
Ap French Language & Culture
Latin 1Latin 2Latin 3 (H)Latin 4 (H)
Ap Latin Language