World Language at CDH

The World Language Department of Cretin-Derham Hall recognizes that all students are citizens of a global society. To live more fully in this society, it is important that students be able to communicate in more than one language.

  • As students learn to communicate in other languages, their appreciation of other cultures adds dimension and depth of understanding to their view of the world.
  • When students learn that there is more than one manner of communication, they grow in their appreciation of peoples and cultures.
  • In developing linguistic skills, they learn to better understand and appreciate their native language.

World Language in the Classroom

Graduation Requirement: 6 credits (Each student must take 6 credits sequentially of the same language, equivalent to 2 years)

The World Language Curriculum offers something for every type of learning style. Each student needs to complete two years sequentially of a world language. However, 75% of our students are on their third or fourth year of the same language.


  • French 101
  • French 201
  • French 302 – Advanced, French 303 - Honors
  • French 402 – Advanced
  • French 503 – Honors


  • Latin 403 - Honors 

Mandarin Chinese

  • Mandarin Chinese 101 – Advanced
  • Mandarin Chinese 201 - Advanced
  • Mandarin Chinese 301 – Honors
  • Mandarin Chinese 401 - Honors
  • Mandarin Chinese 501 - Honors 


  • Spanish 100, Spanish 101
  • Spanish 200, Spanish 201
  • Spanish 300 - College Prep, Spanish 302 – Advanced, Spanish 303 - Honors
  • Spanish 402 - Advanced, Spanish 403 - Honors
  • Spanish 503 – Honors
  • Spanish 603 - Honors

Our World Language Department focuses on each student's learning style. We use Multiple Intelligence instruction in order to provide success for all learning styles. Visit the World Language Curriculum for more information.

  • College Credit Options
    • College in the Schools (U of M)
    • Opportunities are available for students to study World Languages at local universities through our PSEO program
  • Travel Opportunities
    • Trips support language fluency and cultural exploration
    • Trips vary in focus: sightseeing, a pilgrimage and many justice education trips
    • First hand use of the world language

The World Language Faculty

Contact our World Language faculty though our Staff Directory.