Modern and Classical Languages

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers a challenging and supportive curriculum that leads to a deeper understanding of the languages and cultures studied, providing a foundation on which students can more efficiently develop communicative competency. Employing a variety of  teaching approaches, the department encourages students to think critically about the relationship between symbol and meaning, to recognize the relationship between language, culture, and world vision, and to gain a more profound appreciation of their own language and cultural heritage.

 

Why should I study another language?

  • To learn to communicate better with others.
  • To gain perspective on yourself and on your own culture.
  • To gain an appreciation and understanding of other cultures, traditions, and languages.
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language itself.
  • To gain skills that will be useful in whatever career you may choose
  • A modern language: To gain the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills necessary to communicate effectively with native speakers.
  • A classical language: To gain sufficient reading and writing skills to be able to understand texts of average difficulty.
     

How does Culver Academies teach language to attain these goals?

  • All language courses, both classical and modern, seek maximum student participation in small classes through questions and answers and inductive teaching.
  • All modern language classes, while employing some English in the beginning levels, are conducted primarily in the target language at the upper levels.
  • The first two levels in all languages emphasize skill acquisition. Higher level courses stress the application of those skills in cultural and literary contexts.
  • Courses in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish are taught through advanced level courses. 
Fred Haase
Department Chair

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