Welcome to our all-in-one resource for teaching your high schooler a foreign language! I think all of us can agree that it really pays to be bilingual, however, foreign language study is surely not everyone’s cup of tea. As a pro, though, foreign languages do often help students augment their understanding of their own language in addition to the new language they are learning.
A fully-rounded high school education must include a few credits of a foreign language. Each state has their own guidelines but the state average for foreign language requirement is two credits. Common languages include Spanish, French, German, and even Latin.
Here’s what we cover in this article:
- Tips for choosing a foreign language
- High school foreign language curricula options
- Check out our related high school guides
Tips For Choosing A Foreign Language
Students are under no obligation to take the language credits at a particular time. However, it is typically best to take at least two consecutive years of a language. If a student desires to be fluent in the language that they are studying they should consider 3-4 years of study in that language or some additional time investment. This might include a summer internship in a country that speaks the language or even an extended mission trip.
We have several articles to help with teaching a foreign language in your homeschool:
- Top 10 homeschool foreign language resources
- Foreign language learning: Which one? When do we start?
- 5 free foreign language resources to use now
- Our top choices for foreign language resources
High School Foreign Language Curricula Options
Here are a few curricula for the most common types of languages studied in high school.