World Language Department

“Language is the key, for words can ultimately make the difference between ignorance and understanding, between poverty and wealth, between war and peace.”

Dr. William Hopkins
The Report of the National Commission
on Excellence in Education

The World Language Department believes that bringing the languages, culture and literature of the rest of the world to our students is a vital and humanistic endeavor which also serves essential national interests. 

Course Offerings

Mercy's World Language Department offers two languages: French and Spanish (Levels I, II, III, IV and V). French IV and Spanish IV are offered for college credit through Thomas More's College Gemini Program (French) and Mount St. Joseph University (Spanish). 

For complete course listing and descriptions click here.  

Curriculum Approach

Unique Offerings

  • Diverse instructional methods based on authentic materials with an emphasis on communication rather than rote memorization
  • Integrated use of technology: iPads, laptops, LCD projectors and smart boards 
  • International Travel: Mercy's World Language Department offers yearly opportunities for travel abroad. Past itineraries have included: England, Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy an Monaco. 

Clubs & Activities

World Language Honorary Societies

Mercy is proud to host charters of the nationally recognized Société Honoraire de Français and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Membership in these organizations is based on high academic achievement in the target language as well as a commitment to a third year of language study.

Language Club Activities

Spanish and French Clubs are active and offer a variety of activities during class and after school. These clubs offer activities such as: movie nights, all-school activities during National French week and Spanish week, a Mother/Daughter Christmas Dinner at La Petite France, interesting local field trips to the Basilica in Covington and the Bonbonnerie in Oakley, as well as cooking competitions and craft-making.

World Language Department Faculty

Jenifer Broering
Anne Herrmann
Ruth Molina
Shannon Smock, Department Chair

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela