Watch and Learn

Students and teachers discuss the potential benefits of learning a foreign language by watching television. Learning a language through watching TV helps with comprehension skills Ever since the Mexican comedy-drama “Club de Cuervos” caught his eye, Luke Riley ’21 has revamped his language learning strategy. Instead of flipping through pages of textbooks, he now turns […]

Foreign language teachers induct students into Language Honor Societies

Foreign language teachers induct students into Language Honor Societies

Foreign language teachers inducted students in advanced Spanish, Latin, French and Chinese classes into their respective National Foreign Language Societies on May 22. Calvin Kaleel ’18, Strauss Cooperstein ’18, Gina Choi ’18 and Jarett Malouf ’18 received the Outstanding Senior Award for their dedication to Latin, Chinese, Spanish and French respectively. Kaleel, who is the […]

Babel invites students to submit their work

“Babel,” the Upper School’s foreign language magazine, is open to submissions for this year’s publication. The magazine is accepting all types of works in foreign languages, including essays, poems, reviews and artwork. The works can be in languages offered as classes at the school as well as those not offered. The pieces submitted in languages […]

Living Through Language

Living Through Language

Chinese idioms, or chengyu, are difficult to learn, culturally complex and grammatically irregular. For most students of Chinese, they’re a nightmare. But as her classmates groaned at the sight of a new list of characters to memorize, Taia Cheng ’19 tapped her pencil on her desk, eager to learn each new phrase and its unique […]

Enrollment in trip hits record high

One of the largest groups to travel with the program in its history, 26 Spanish language students visited Spain to immerse themselves in the culture and language from March 30 to April 16. Spanish teacher Javier Zaragoza and Receptionist and SAT/ACT Test Center Supervisor Nathaly Blanco chaperoned two freshman and 24 sophomores. Zaragoza has been […]

Babel urges students to submit work

To spread literary art in different languages on campus, Babel, the Upper School’s foreign language magazine is officially accepting submissions for this year’s publication. Submissions include poems, short stories, recipes, essays and photos. “I think that [submitting to babel] gives you an opportunity to expand your ability to speak a language that you really get,” […]

Babel submissions increase with new incentives

The newly renamed world languages magazine Babel has received 50 student submissions, an increase due to a new extra credit opportunity offered by the World Language department. Babel Editor Lucas Gelfen ’15 believes that students were encouraged to submit to the magazine to receive extra credit in their language classes. “I submitted it because I […]

Language faculty adopts new name

The Foreign Language department has changed its name to the World Language department. “The modern languages we teach are not ‘foreign’ to our country or school community, and the classical languages we teach are not ‘alien,’ but rather inform our culture and lives today,” middle school World Language department head Melissa Strong said in a […]

Gragg to offer German language, culture class

The Foreign Language Department will begin offering a yearlong Directed Study in German next year. The class will be taught by Technology Center Director and math teacher Chris Gragg, who holds a master’s degree in German from the University of Southern California and graduated from Frankfurt High School in Germany. Gragg also taught German for […]

School Year Abroad to begin research

A student control group consisting of Upper School foreign language students who have studied abroad will be tested on cognitive abilities in September and May by the School Year Abroad research program. SYA will compare these results to the students who plan to spend the upcoming year living abroad. The tests are 90 minutes long […]