Students in Chinese classes learn more than language from Mrs. Tseng, who adds technology, origami, and cooking lessons to her curriculum.
From Classroom Activities to World Experiences
The department of World Languages is committed to the teaching of modern and classical languages, literature, and cultures. Many students graduate with college credit already earned in Spanish, Chinese, and Latin, and we also offer regular rotating immersion and culture trips to Spain, France, Italy, and Taiwan. Through contemporary teaching, food, games, and cultural activities taught by our passionate faculty, our students experience world languages well beyond a vocabulary list.
Because he took 4 years of Spanish at De Smet Jesuit...
Despite the pursuit of several programs, Drew graduated from Boston College with a degree in four years because he had flexibility in his schedule, an advantage that Drew credits back to the Spanish classes he took while at De Smet Jesuit. Although Boston College did not accept the SLU 1818 Spanish credits he earned here, he passed BC’s language requirements with his entrance exam scores, thus freeing up his schedule and enabling him to explore new paths as well as spend a semester studying in Scotland.
“De Smet Jesuit has given you the tools to thrive in many different environments." Drew Boland '15
Students and teachers creatively adapt to learning languages (Spanish, Latin, Chinese)--despite wearing masks.
The advantages of studying Latin.
12 benefits for studying a world language
Latin students enjoy a project-based learning opportunity to transcribe and translate a 1939 letter from Pope Pius.
De Smet Jesuit offers several opportunities for high school students to reap the benefits of studying abroad and hosting foreign exchange students with its growing global education program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We offer yearly immersion trips to Spain, Taiwan, and Italy. Our immersion trips are an incredible opportunity for students to experience the language and culture in a natural setting. Our immersion trips are open to all students. Click this link to see all our Global Education opportunities.
Colleges require two years of world language study but give preference to those who have studied beyond the requirement.
Yes! We offer placement tests for all of our languages – every year we have freshmen who enter into the second year of a language.
Yes! Our Latin and Spanish courses offer college credit through SLU in the third and fourth year courses. Our Chinese course offers college credit through UMSL for the second, third, and fourth year courses.
We require two years of world language study, but we encourage all our students to continue their language study for their full four years.
Latin, Chinese, and Spanish
- Class of 2020
- Italy 2019
Looking over the city of Florence and seeing the Duomo from far away was such a beautiful sight to me. I just found the view breathtaking. All I could do was look up and I remember it was so tall that it felt like it never ended.
- Class of 2020
- Italy 2019
The highlight of the Italy trip for me was visiting the different churches, seeing the amazing architecture, and going to the tombs of some of the great saints like Peter and Ignatius.
- Class of 2020
- Spain & France 2018
Our group had effectively traced Ignatius’s steps back to the very beginning of the Jesuits. What’s even crazier than this is we really went to the place where De Smet began as well. The sword being laid down, the spiritual exercises, and the first Jesuits leaving for Rome are all the major events that led to the foundation of a school in Creve Coeur dedicated to helping young men get ready for the real world.
I would most definitely recommend international travel to other students because Italy was just an amazing experience. It was so different than everyday life walking through a completely different part of the world. Will Ryan ’20, Italy
World Languages Faculty
MEd, Latin Education, Creighton University
BA, Latin Classics, Creighton University
BA, Education, St. Louis University
BA, Business Administration, Lindenwood University
MA, Teaching, Lindenwood University
BS, Linguistics, Truman State University
BA, Spanish, Truman State University
BS, Finance, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
BS, Biology, St. Mary's University-San Antonio