Language

The Language Department at w88优德 believes in the power of full immersion to produce highly competent language students.

We offer courses in French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin with expert teachers who work to help students master the language, while also providing insight into and understanding of the varied cultures that speak them. Written work and in-depth daily class discussions of literature, history, current events, and films offer a classroom experience that bridges these two aims.

Featuring a large variety of offerings for a school of our size, we emphasize a flexible program that accommodates individual interests, abilities, and talents. Students will find curriculum that goes well beyond general comprehension to focus on the detailed and nuanced workings of language on their path to fluency. Students who are particularly invested in their language studies have the opportunity to spend their junior year in the School Year Abroad program, with campuses in France, Spain, and China.

Language Instruction for Native and Heritage Language Speakers

The pedagogical goal of the Language Department is for students to acquire the skills necessary to master a language that is new to them. If you are an incoming student who comes from a home or an area where Spanish, Mandarin, or French is spoken, we ask that you enroll in a language that is new to you. Enrolling in a foundational level class will provide the opportunity to develop language acquisition skills and the chance to establish proficiency in multiple languages (a marketable skill in a global community). Native and heritage speakers who would like to study the language spoken in their home may enter the advanced level courses later in their w88优德 career.

- Ana

“As a French teacher, Ms. Halsey encouraged me to take risks and to speak in class even if my sentences were full of grammatical errors. Her devotion to teaching French was contagious, but more than just being an outstanding teacher, Ms. Halsey has been an unfailing source of advice, wisdom, and knowledge.”

Chicago, Illinois