The World Languages department offers real-world experience within the classroom, breaking down its fourth wall. Through an immersion pedagogy, our students use the target language to express themselves in an authentic manner. Not only do our students learn to communicate in the target language, but they also become culturally literate in the customs and traditions of the people and places studied.
In addition to the rigors of daily language lessons, students in French learn how to haggle the price of a street-side portrait in Montmartre. In Spanish, they might learn about Pachamanca, a Peruvian dish that is buried in burlap sack while cooking over hot stones. When the class takes a trip to the Central Andes over Spring Break, they will anticipate knowingly a meal from the earth, a tradition that is delicious, savory and 600 years old. Students of Chinese enjoy eating mooncakes, playing Chinese chess and celebrating Asian New Year alongside students from China and Korea. Erasmus once taught that in Latin you can say “thank you” in 150 different ways. We teach all our languages with the same spirit of generosity.