Classical & Modern Languages

Hotchkiss offers courses in five modern languages — Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Russian — in addition to Greek and Latin. The language program provides many opportunities for immersion through a wide variety of course offerings and travel programs.

Programs

Classical Languages

Classical language courses in Greek and Latin allow students to study the ancient world as intimately as possible by reading original texts. A student may qualify for a Classics Diploma in Latin and Greek by completing one of the following: four levels of Latin and three of Greek, five levels of Latin and two of Greek, or four levels of Latin and two of Greek in addition to a classics independent study.

New students must take a placement test in order to enroll in any language course beyond the introductory level.

Modern Languages

Modern language courses are designed to help students achieve proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Upper-level courses emphasize reading and literary analysis. Through the School Year Abroad program, some students may be eligible to complete one of their last two years in Beijing, China; Rennes, France; Viterbo, Italy; or Zaragoza, Spain.

New students must take a placement test in order to enroll in any language course beyond the introductory level.

Faculty

Diego Ardura

Diego Ardura

Instructor in Spanish
David Conti

David Conti

Instructor in Classics
Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Peter J. Sharp '48 Teaching Chair, Instructor in Classics
Meiling Deng

Meiling Deng

Instructor in Mandarin Chinese, Confucius Classroom
Marc Dittmer

Marc Dittmer

Dean of the Class of 2019, Instructor in German
Carmen Dockery Perkins

Carmen Dockery Perkins

Instructor in Spanish, Admission Associate
John Dreger

John Dreger

Instructor in French
Abdoulaye Fall

Abdoulaye Fall

George Van Santvoord '08 Chair, Instructor in French
Brant Hadzima

Brant Hadzima

Instructor in Spanish
Juliet Henderson

Juliet Henderson

Instructor in Spanish
Ana Hermoso

Ana Hermoso

The Audrey Meyer Mars Teaching Chair, Instructor in Spanish
Angela Janelli

Angela Janelli

Instructor in Spanish
Douglas Kneeland

Douglas Kneeland

Instructor in Classics
Wendy Levithan

Wendy Levithan

Head of the Classical and Modern Languages Department, Instructor in French
Wei Liu

Wei Liu

Instructor in Mandarin Chinese
Carlina Perna

Carlina Perna

Teaching Fellow in Spanish
Sarinda Wilson

Sarinda Wilson

The Bigelow Chair for Advanced French, Instructor in French
Cliff Zeng

Cliff Zeng

Director for Chinese Language and Culture, Instructor in Mandarin Chinese

Resources and Technology

  • A designated lab equipped with language-learning programs
  • The Confucius Classroom, which includes apps and special resources for learning Chinese
  • Language tables and clubs to encourage fluency outside of the classroom
  • Travel programs that provide opportunities for immersive language learning around the world

Classics Diploma

Guiding Principle
Students who attain a high level of proficiency in both Latin and Greek are eligible to receive a Classics Diploma. We have defined high level as a level of proficiency that will enable a student to succeed in college courses beyond the elementary level.

Practicalities
*For the requirements below, note that LA380 counts as a fourth year course.

To earn a Classics Diploma, students must:

  1. Complete six “levels” of language study (at least four of Latin and two of Greek):
    • Latin through LA380 or LA450 (or above)
    • Greek through GK280 (or above)
  2. and Demonstrate one extra degree of scholarship or engagement from the following:
    • Complete LA550
    • Complete GK380
    • Complete one semester of a Classical civilization course (CL451/452)

Students who begin the Classics program as Lower Mids (i.e. in LA150) are released from the extra degree of scholarship in #2 above, but must complete the language study as outlined in #1.

Students who choose Greek as their primary Classical language may earn a Classics Diploma by completing GK380 and LA350.

rev. 7/2017