The Language Department seeks to prepare students for success in an increasingly interconnected world. We offer courses in Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish. The modern language faculty and students sign a pledge to speak in the target language while in the classroom and on the language floor. This commitment underscores a communicative approach to language learning, one in which students not only study but also use the language on a daily basis. For those students pursuing Latin, the curriculum begins with grammar and syntax that eventually leads to translation of ancient prose and poetry.
Embracing Berkshire School’s motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola, the Language Department also hopes to strengthen less tangible skills that help students to become 21st century learners and global citizens. In language classes, students have the opportunity to develop empathy, make cross-cultural connections, collaborate with one another, think critically, take risks, and ultimately better understand themselves and the world.
|FAST FACT Each year, the Language Department hosts a language film festival, popularly known as "Oscar Night." Prizes are awarded at each level, in categories that include best actor and best musical sountrack. Watch this year's winning student-films.|