Upper School World Languages
World language education is an essential part of the curriculum at Boston Trinity Academy. The study of languages engages students in communication, whether it be face-to- face, in writing, or across the centuries through the reading of authentic literature. It immerses students in the culture that uses that particular language. It exposes students to the art and music that enrich a culture. To study a world language means to make connections relating to other areas of the curriculum; the French student, for example, understands in a new way the French Revolution as studied in a European history class. It also means a student of world languages will necessarily make comparisons with his own language, thus developing critical thinking skills in the process of contrasting and comparing languages. Fluency in world languages and familiarity with foreign cultures enable students to participate in multilingual communities, to think beyond their own experience, and to learn how to love their neighbors.
At Boston Trinity Academy, our goal in offering world languages is to foster an appreciation of other languages, cultures, and peoples. We believe that loving our neighbor is embodied in the study of world languages.
Students may place into any level, as world language courses are tracked by ability not grade level. International students are typically placed in ESL courses. Upper School students are required to take three consecutive years of a world language in order to graduate.