Inspiring Culturally Aware, Skilled Linguists
Milton students study Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese to become proficient in both a language and a culture that will broaden their worldly awareness. While honing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills all along, the ultimate goal for modern language students is fluency that will allow them to understand, connect, and create. Right away, students in entry level courses speak in the target language with faculty who are native or near-native speakers themselves. Through literature, art, film, news, current events—even food!—students are immersed in conversation and exploration. Knowing it’s impossible to understand the language well outside of the cultural context, faculty rely on realia—charging students with using their emerging linguistic skills to share literary reactions, scan international news sites and debate political events, discuss contemporary celebrations of art and music. Popular and valuable exchange programs in Spain, France and China expand students’ study, deepening facility with the language and solidifying cultural competency—critical and lasting skills that Milton graduates rely on for years to come.
I really like my teacher, Señor Caraballo. I enjoy how in-depth we go into the texts and that we’re fully immersed in the language. We don’t speak any English. It’s definitely helped me improve my Spanish, and I’m thinking about the texts and literature that we read in a different way than I would about an English text. I am looking forward to going on the Spanish exchange this spring, and I feel really prepared with the language.