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.

Mandarin Chinese I

OFFERED: yearlong

This course begins the sequence of the study of Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture and centers on mastering the Mandarin sound system and the rudiments of the Chinese writing system. Students in Mandarin Chinese I will learn to read and write the sounds of Mandarin using Pinyin (a phonetic system using the Roman alphabet). Students will also learn to read and write up to 300 essential characters in order to engage in simple correspondence.

 

Mandarin Chinese II

OFFERED: yearlong

This course continues the sequence of the study of Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture and focuses on expanding student proficiencies in all areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Oral performances (dialogues, presentation, interviews, and phone in assignments) continue to be a regular part of the curriculum. Written applications will be introduced with pen and paper, brush and ink, and word processing exercises. Electronic and multimedia tools in the Pomfret Language and Technology Laboratory will be used to reinforce and enrich the curriculum.

Chinese culture will be introduced through language experiences as well as interactive and hand-on activities. These will include activities on Chinese history and literature, martial arts, cooking and eating techniques, holidays and festivals, folktales, calligraphy, music, cinema, and crafts.

Mandarin Chinese III

OFFERED: yearlong

This course continues the sequence of the study of Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture and focuses on expanding student proficiencies in all areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Oral performances (dialogues, presentation, interviews, and phone in assignments) continue to be a regular part of the curriculum. Written applications will be introduced with pen and paper, brush and ink, and word processing exercises. Electronic and multimedia tools in the Pomfret Language and Technology Laboratory will be used to reinforce and enrich the curriculum.

Chinese culture will be introduced through language experiences as well as interactive and hand-on activities. These will include activities on Chinese history and philosophy, religion, cooking and eating techniques, holidays and festivals, folktales, calligraphy, music, cinema, and crafts.

Advanced Mandarin: Chinese IV

OFFERED: yearlong

This course continues the sequence of the study of Mandarin language study and culture study that focuses on Chinese historical and contemporary issues. The language curriculum focuses on expanding student proficiencies in writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students’ skills in written applications continue to be developed using pen and paper, brush and ink, word processing and other electronic media. Oral performances include dialogue simulations, presentations, and telephone calls and extend into the use of telecom video media.
The fourth year curriculum also introduces the students to literary Chinese that needed to read authentic texts including newspapers and formal documents. Aspects of Chinese culture social norms are compared and contrasted with American practices and cultural assumptions through a variety of interactive language experiences.

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.


Advanced Francophone Language and Culture

OFFERED: yearlong

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.

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.

 

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.

Spanish III

OFFERED: yearlong

This intermediate course is designed for students in their third year of Spanish learning. Throughout this course, students will continue to develop proficiency in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) by reviewing the material covered in Spanish 2 and using it as the basis to work on new and more complex content. The students will be exposed to real sources and will produce and analyze materials in the target language. They will also study key cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries. They are required to use Spanish 100% of the time and they are expected to complete their homework, bring the textbook to class and participate actively in discussions and activities/projects. The class adheres to the learning model of the 5 C’s of foreign language learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities, thus this class aims to hit all of these standards in cultivating confident and capable Spanish students.

 

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

Honors Spanish IV is intended for the strong and proficient language learner who has demonstrated an ear form the language and has authored honors-level grades in prior courses.  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.

 

Spanish V

OFFERED: yearlong

The course is designed to master all the language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through a variety of activities and projects. The students will be exposed to real sources and they will study key cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries. They are required to use Spanish 100% of the time and they are expected to complete their homework and participate actively in discussions and activities/projects. The class adheres to the learning model of the 5 C’s of foreign language learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities, thus this class aims to hit all of these standards in cultivating confident and capable Spanish students.


Spanish: Culture and Conversation

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.

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.

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.


Meet the Language Department

Pablo Montoro Alonso

Pablo Montoro Alonso

World Languages Department Head
Tad Chase

Tad Chase

World Language Teacher
Timothy Deary

Timothy Deary

French Teacher
Jillian Forgue

Jillian Forgue

World Language Teacher
Yajuan Min

Yajuan Min

World Language Teacher
Jordin Patten

Jordin Patten

French Teacher
Mariona Perez Oliva

Mariona Perez Oliva

World Language Teacher
Chloe Prudden

Chloe Prudden

World Language Teacher