World Language

World Language


The goal of the World Language Department of RPS is to produce a world citizen who can function knowledgeably and comfortably in an increasingly global society. Our integrated program begins with an introduction to World Language as early as kindergarten. Your child can continue with one language through twelfth grade but also has opportunities to choose or add another language. Throughout the curriculum, we emphasize such elements as language, history, literature, arts, geography, life style, and social customs and behaviors. The importance of reading, writing, listening and speaking is central to our approach. Technology is used in educationally viable ways to support and augment the program. Our teachers employ a variety of teaching styles, and come from a range of experiences and multi-cultural backgrounds.  We are dedicated to excellence within the classroom, but also to inspiring interest through connections outside: multi-departmental trips abroad, day trips to NYC, Philadelphia, and Princeton, on-line conferences, and various clubs and activities.


Graduation requirements

Two consecutive years study of one world language is required to graduate from Rutgers Prep.


Course Offerings

  • Arabic I
  • Arabic II
  • Arabic III
  • Arabic IV
  • French I
  • French II
  • Honors French II
  • French III
  • Honors French III
  • French Conversation & Culture
  • Honors French Language & Literature
  • AP French Language
  • Japanese I
  • Japanese II
  • Japanese III
  • Honors Japanese IV
  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Latin III
  • Honors Latin III
  • Latin IV
  • Honors Latin Literature-Elegy
  • AP Latin - Vergil
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Honors Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Honors Spanish III
  • Spanish Conversation & Culture
  • Honors Spanish Language & Literature
  • Honors Spanish Contemporary Culture
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Co-curricular Information:

Student Achievements

A recent Rutgers Prep graduate won a scholarship sponsored by the Foreign Language Educators of NJ for participating in a state-wide competition that involved writing an essay and an oral interview in Spanish.

Two Rutgers Prep students were recipients of the New Jersey High School 2009 Japanese Language Study Award.

A Rutgers Prep student received a full summer scholarship to Japan from Youth For Understanding.


Faculty Professional Development Activities and Achievements

Mrs. Coe has worked with ETS as a Reader for AP Spanish Literature. Most recently she participated in writing questions for a pilot exam and was the Exam Leader for the pilot at the AP reading.

Mrs. Dixon spent three summers directing the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy in Arabic, a four-week language immersion program for high school students. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, she was an instructor in the Where There Be Dragons four-week summer program in Jordan, teaching language and culture to American students traveling with the program.

Mrs. Dutta has worked with ETS as a Reader for AP Spanish Language.

Mrs. Engblom organized and chaperoned a trip to Italy over Spring Break.

Mrs. Garrow spent five summers teaching French and Spanish at Concordia Language Villages, a network of language immersion summer camps in northern Minnesota.

Ms. Minakawa has been a presenter on behalf of National Council of Japanese Language Teachers, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Chicago and most recently was an assistant Language Teacher, JET Program, Mishima Kita High School and Atami High School, Japan.


Website Links of Interest

Best French Web Sites
A site that provides a taste of all things French - grammar, vocabulary, games, etc.

Web Japan
A site with the goal of helping people around the world get to know more about Japan and the Japanese.

Latin Translator
This site helps in simple translations for a beginning Latin student or amateur.

Best Spanish Web Sites
A site that provides a taste of all things Spanish - grammar, vocabulary, games, etc.

Word Reference
The WordReference Dictionaries are free online translation dictionaries.

Best Arabic Websites
A site that provides a taste of all things Arabic - grammar, vocabulary, games, etc.