World Languages

Your window to the world.

Learning a new language is about more than parts of speech. It's about about stepping into another culture — which, in the end, will change the way you see your own. Incoming third formers must take through level three of a foreign language. This requirement is waived for many international students; and modified for incoming juniors and seniors.

Adv. French Language and Culture

OFFERED: yearlong 2018-19, alternating years with Advanced Francophone Culture

Students in this course get acquainted with aspects of French culture and civilization at an advanced level. Varied excerpts from literary texts, historical and cultural reports and descriptions as well as newspaper articles give many opportunities to develop critical thinking skills in the context of French language, culture and civilization. French movies and French songs are shown and listened to. This class aims to develop further the four language skills: listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The class is for students who have proven linguistic skills and conducted in French. Departmental approval required

Adv. Spanish Language and Culture

OFFERED: yearlong

The course is designed to master all the language skills through a variety of activities and projects. The students will be exposed to multiple sources to improve their language skills and they will be able to study some key cultural aspects of multiple Spanish speaking countries. The course will be based in the 6 topics that are the core of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam: Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary life, Families and communities, Global challenges, Personal and public identities and Science and technology. This class will be conducted 100% in Spanish. The teacher will provide extra worksheets for the students who might be interested in taking the AP exam in May.

Advanced Francophone Culture

OFFERED: yearlong 2017-18, alternating years with Advanced French Language and Culture

Students in Advanced Francophone Culture will use their proven linguistic skills to dive deeper into social and cultural issues across the Francophone world. Through studies of history, literature, art, and current events, students will become culturally competent experts in the Francophone region of their choosing. This yearlong course is reserved for students at the highest level of French and will be conducted entirely in French. Departmental approval required


Advanced Latin Literature

OFFERED: yearlong

This Advanced Latin course is a survey course in Latin literature of the Late Republic and Early Empire, with special emphasis on the prose of Caesar and Livy and the poetry of Catullus, Ovid, Horace, Juvenal and Martial. Students will develop an appreciation of the different genres of Latin prose and poetry, refine their sight translation skills, participate in the National Latin Exam, prepare for the SAT 2 Subject Test in Latin, and build a foundation for the further study of Latin at the collegiate level. Departmental approval required.


Chinese I

OFFERED: yearlong

Chinese I (introductory) introduces students to Mandarin Chinese, the national language of China, through speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students learn pronunciation patterns, tones, simplified Chinese characters and its building blocks (radicals), and basic grammatical structures used in everyday situations. Students are introduced to Chinese history, culture and civilization mainly through authentic resources, and audio and video materials. This class is conducted in Mandarin.


Chinese II

OFFERED: yearlong

Chinese II (introductory/intermediate) continues to develop students’ skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students expand their knowledge of Chinese grammar, vocabulary and characters and develop aural and oral proficiency mainly through skits and projects involving everyday topics. Students continue to explore Chinese culture, civilization and history. This class is conducted in Mandarin.


Chinese III

OFFERED: yearlong

Chinese III (intermediate/advanced) continues to expand the students’ oral and written knowledge of Chinese through the study of additional vocabulary, characters, and grammatical concepts. Students write compositions, give oral presentations, engage in discussions of topics on contemporary China, read and write short stories and watch movies and TV clips. Students use more authentic resources and continue to explore Chinese culture, civilization, history and social issues. This class is conducted in Mandarin.

Chinese IV

OFFERED: yearlong

In this advanced Chinese language course, students continue to develop speaking, reading, writing and listening skills acquired during their previous years of Chinese study. Within a rich cultural framework, the course aims to provide students will ample opportunities to refine the full range of their language skills in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes. This class is conducted in Mandarin.


French I

OFFERED: yearlong

French I introduces students to the basic elements of French vocabulary and grammar. This first year course introduces the learner to the different cultures and civilizations of the Franco phonic countries around the world. It simultaneously acquaints them with the skills essential to learning a foreign language: listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Language laboratory work, in addition to classroom instruction, aids the students in gaining proficiency.


French II

OFFERED: yearlong

This course is a continuation of material studied in French I. We review the basic components of French grammar and then develop more complex linguistic forms. Our principal aim is to expand students’ ability to use the four linguistic skills. Acting out short skits initiates their explorations of French culture. The language laboratory is also used to enhance skills. This class is conducted in French. An honors section is offered depending upon enrollment.


French III

OFFERED: yearlong

The third-year course reinforces listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills developed during the first two years. Writing and speaking assignments give the student the opportunity to develop their linguistic proficiency. Close reading of short fictional works familiarizes students with some aspects of French culture. This class is conducted in French. An honors section is offered depending upon enrollment.

French IV/V

OFFERED: yearlong

In this advanced language course, students continue to develop speaking, reading, writing and listening skills acquired during their previous years of French study. Students familiarize themselves with French culture and civilizations through the study of various short texts, movies, articles and other primary resources in French. The grammar is supplemented with lessons from Imaginez or Quant a Moi. This class is conducted in French.


Honors French II

OFFERED: yearlong

The content of the Honors section is the same as for the regular French II, but the pace will quicker, the analysis more in depth, and the writing load more substantial. Our principal aim is to expand the students’ ability to use the four linguistic skills. Acting out short skits initiates their exploration of French culture. The language laboratory is also used to enhance skills. This class is conducted in French.


Honors French III

OFFERED: yearlong

This honors course is designed to give linguistically-gifted students the opportunity to learn more diverse materials at a faster pace. Class activities continue to develop listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Books such as Les Aventures du Petit Nicolas and Le Petit Prince familiarize students with aspects of French culture. Language laboratory work further enhances competency. This class is conducted in French.

Honors French IV

OFFERED: yearlong

This advanced honors course is offered for students with proven linguistic skills. Students continue to develop speaking, reading, writing and listening skills acquired during the first three years. Students familiarize themselves with French culture and civilizations through the study of various short texts, movies, articles and other primary resources in French. The grammar is supplemented with lessons from Quant a Moi. This course will prepare students for the continued study of French at the advanced level in the following year. This class is conducted in French.

Honors Spanish II

OFFERED: yearlong

Taught exclusively in Spanish, the honors section builds upon previously learned material and provides an accelerated approach to mastering the four linguistic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The honors-level student is expected to possess excellent communication skills and study habits and should feel comfortable participating frequently during class discussions. Students will continue to strengthen their command of the present and preterite tenses and start to work on the imperfect, the subjunctive mood, commands, the future, the conditional, and all “perfect” tenses. Vocabulary and all other lessons are presented in a cultural context, which enables students to learn more about the Spanish-speaking world and to understand its complex cultural relationships.

Honors Spanish III

OFFERED: yearlong

Spanish III Honors is an intensive course for highly motivated language students who wish to become more linguistically and culturally proficient. The class will study grammatical topics outside the regular third-year curriculum, such as the uses of definite and indefinite articles, the gerund and infinitive, and verbs that require certain prepositions. Although grammar is an integral part of the curriculum, the course will also help students to see grammar as a tool for effective communication rather than simply a set of rules to be memorized. Throughout the course, students will study history, music, food, literature, film, and other offerings from the Spanish-speaking world, helping them to understand and to draw connections between various cultures, practices, and perspectives. Student-led discussion is essential, and the class is conducted exclusively in Spanish.

Honors Spanish IV

OFFERED: yearlong

Spanish IV students are challenged to review fundamental grammatical concepts and learn some of the subtleties of the language appropriate to this level. Though the honors course moves at a quicker pace and uses different texts, the fundamental skills and goals are the same. Conversation, composition and reading of non-adapted sources are emphasized at this level. This class is conducted in Spanish.


Latin I

OFFERED: yearlong

In the first-year Latin course, students encounter the thriving culture of ancient Rome and develop a methodical approach to translating Latin. The study of Latin comes alive as students make connections between the ancient and modern world and begin to understand how ancient Roman culture has shaped western civilization as we know it today. By participating in the National Latin Exam, using online programs to learn vocabulary and grammar, and studying Roman and Greek mythology, history and culture, students expand their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar, develop memorization and critical thinking skills, and build a foundation for the future study of ancient Roman literature as well as modern Romance languages.

Latin II

OFFERED: yearlong

The second-year Latin course begins with a review of the material covered in Latin I and then introduces students to more complex grammatical and syntactical constructions. Using computer programs to aid learning of vocabulary and grammatical forms, students develop a methodical approach to translating. The class continues to enrich its understanding of ancient Roman culture and our Latin heritage by studying Roman and Greek mythology, history and culture, participating in the National Latin Exam and Classics Day events, and translating the passages of ancient authors such as Caesar, Martial and Ovid.

Latin III

OFFERED: yearlong

The Latin III course begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary covered in the first two years and then covers a range of Latin prose and poetry of authors such as Cicero, Pliny, Phaedrus, Catullus, Martial, Horace and Ovid. Students develop an appreciation of literary devices, meter, and scansion and refine their sight translation skills. Translating original Latin passages throughout the course, students encounter the rich historical, cultural, and philosophical heritage of the Late Roman Republic and Early Empire. This course will prepare students for their continued study of Latin at the advanced level. An Honors section is offered depending upon enrollment.

Spanish I

OFFERED: yearlong

Our first-year course introduces students to the basic structures of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and Spanish and Latin American cultures. From the beginning of their studies, students will work on speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Culture is interwoven into all lessons with the goal of creating culturally competent communicators. This class is conducted mostly in Spanish.

Spanish II

OFFERED: yearlong

Spanish II is a continuation of the grammar, vocabulary and culture studied in Spanish 1. The course begins with a review of basic grammar structures and continues with more complex concepts. Vocabulary units are applicable to real life situations. Emphasis is placed on expanding students’ knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. Speaking, reading, writing, listening, and collaboration skills are practiced regularly. This class is conducted exclusively in Spanish. An honors section is offered, dependent upon enrollment.

Spanish III

OFFERED: yearlong

The third-year course aims to prepare experienced Spanish students to apply and use their Spanish knowledge in real life situations. While reviewing and developing grammar concepts, students study music, history, literature, film, and other cultural media to gain a better understanding of the world in which they live. Speaking, reading, writing, listening, and collaboration skills are practiced regularly. This class is conducted exclusively in Spanish. An honors section is offered, dependent upon enrollment.

Spanish IV

OFFERED: yearlong

Spanish IV students are challenged to review fundamental grammatical concepts and learn some of the subtleties of the language appropriate to this level. Conversation, composition and reading of non-adapted sources are emphasized at this level. This class is conducted in Spanish. An honors section is offered depending upon enrollment.

Spanish V

OFFERED: yearlong

Spanish V is designed for students who wants to continue their study of the language, but who are not interested in pursuing the AP Spanish Language curriculum. In this class, students seek to improve conversational skills, increase their vocabulary base, and learn more about Hispanic culture through readings and films. Students may not enroll in this class without approval by the Spanish IV instructor.




Meet the Language Department

Tad Chase

Tad Chase

Latin Teacher
Timothy Deary

Timothy Deary

French Teacher
Jillian Forgue

Jillian Forgue

Spanish Teacher
Yajuan Min

Yajuan Min

Chinese Teacher
Pablo Montoro Alonso

Pablo Montoro Alonso

World Languages Dept. Chair; Spanish Teacher
Mariona Perez Oliva

Mariona Perez Oliva

Spanish Teacher
James Rees

James Rees

French Teacher



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