Language and Culture Institute
Chinese, French, German, Latin, or Spanish
Age: Rising 7th - 10th Graders
Synchronous Meeting Time Modern Languages: 8 p.m. EST
Synchronous Meeting Time Latin: 7 p.m. EST (introductory students); 8 p.m. EST (experienced students)
Date: June 28 - July 9
"A different language is a different vision of life." - Federico Fellini
The Hotchkiss Language Department is pleased to offer introductory courses in Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. These courses provide a deep dive into the culture and language of the student’s choice. Students interested in studying two languages should contact the Dean of Summer Programs.
Students may enroll in a two-week course in any language. Each course is open to students:
- without prior experience
- with limited prior exposure who are eager to learn more and use the language
- with a year of study in the language who wish to bolster their skills and confidence
In addition to developing their knowledge of the specific language, each course will explore questions relating to the study of culture: to what extent is culture distinguishable from, or woven into, language? How can studying a new language and culture deepen and broaden my lens on the world?
Modern Language Program Schedule
Modern language students will participate in an hour and a half to two hours of synchronous interaction with their target language under the guidance of Hotchkiss language instructors and through interaction with native guides and guests via Zoom. Outside of class, students should expect to spend up to an hour on asynchronous activities to enhance their language skills. Each day will be divided into two one-hour synchronous sessions:
Session 1: For introductory students, a class on basic vocabulary and grammar in
oral and written form. For students with prior experience, a review and activation of oral and written use of essential language skills.
Session 2: Immersive interaction in the language and culture with the use of authentic materials and the help of native guest speakers.
Latin Program Schedule
New Latin students will enroll in a course that will present the basics of Latin grammar and start the reading of original Latin texts. Experienced Latin students will enroll in a program that will help them solidify their understanding of Latin grammar and read original Latin texts. All students will study Roman culture in the Augustan Age through an examination of Roman topography and the building program of Augustus. Students will be expected to spend about one hour preparing for each day, either studying grammar and completing exercises or reading passages from Latin authors.
Each day will be divided into three one-hour synchronous sessions:
Session 1: For introductory students, a class on basic grammar, reading and
Session 2: For introductory and experienced students together, a meeting in which we will read short selections from Roman authors that reinforce the grammar studied in Session 1 and review important topics for experienced students. We will also study the topography of the city of Rome, examining each region of the city to understand the buildings and their uses.
Session 3: For experienced students, a session to read selections from Latin texts in prose (Caesar and Nepos) and poetry (Ovid) to practice reading skills, review grammar and complement the study of Rome in the Augustan Age.