World Languages

"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

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School offers three of the major European languages: French, German and Spanish.

The Monona Herald citizen article on the IHM World Language Program in spring 2015, highlighted the skills taught in foreign language.


Students in the Preschool through the 2nd grade receive Spanish instruction for 30 minutes per week. Because many of the children at this level are unable to read the focus is on vocabulary, pronunciation and culture. Our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Blahnik is a native speaker of Spanish and has traveled widely in Spanish speaking countries. Spanish is one of the two predominant romance languages and this early introduction helps young learners develop an understanding of Spanish culture and some common words.

View a short video of Spanish class in 1st grade:



French is taught by Mrs. Linsenmeyer in  grades 3-5 for 30 minutes per week. The older elementary students are taught with an emphasis on reading and writing skills in addition to speaking/listening skills and culture. Mrs. Linsenmeyer has traveled widely in France and is able to share with students the way native speakers act, behave and communicate in their culture.

View a short video of French in 5th grade:


At the Middle School level, students start a rigorous, three-year, Level I High School German program. German is taught in grades 6-8 for 40 minutes 3 times per week by Frau Linsenmeyer. They compete in the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison German Day with over 600 other middle and high school students from Wisconsin. They also participate in the World Appreciation Day for Middle Schoolers held at the UW. At the end of the school year, they participate in our annual Deutsch-Off competition. Mrs. Linsenmeyer  is very proud of the program we have been able to establish so far. Immaculate Heart of Mary students are very well-prepared to continue world language study in high school. As brief study abroad programs have become more available to high school students, she is especially thrilled that students who do not choose to continue studying German and continue with Spanish or French in high school instead, still have the option of traveling to German-speaking European countries (mainly Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg) as a result of the high school level German course offered during Middle School at Immaculate Heart of Mary. We succeeded in helping them gain access to another part of the world!

German class learning European table etiquette
German class learning European table etiquette