Modern and Classical Languages Department

News and Announcements

  • New Trier High School returns to National Japan Bowl in D.C.
    For the third time since the competition began four years ago, New Trier High School students are heading to the National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C., after taking first place at the Illinois Japan Bowl on March 10 at North Central College in Naperville.
  • German students achieve success at UIC’s German High School Day
    On March 2, a group of German language students from New Trier attended German High School Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where they achieved great success! The students were very motivated this year, according to NT German teacher Venera Stabinksy, who said German language students are offered the opportunity to participate on a volunteer basis. 
  • New Trier’s Julia Kessel recognized as 2017 Outstanding Chinese Teacher
    On Nov. 18, New Trier High School Chinese language teacher Julia Kessel was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Chinese Teacher at the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) 30th Anniversary celebration in Nashville, Tennessee. The award recognizes an individual who is currently teaching Chinese and has held a full-time position for at least five years.
  • New Trier students awarded Seal of Biliteracy, Commendation for first time
    New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to its first class of students this spring.
MCL quotes

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The Department of Modern and Classical Languages believes that:

At the heart of language learning is the ability to communicate, whether it be person to person, in writing, or through the reading of literature. Communication promotes understanding, acceptance, and respect for others.

The process of learning to comprehend, speak, read, and write another language develops insight into the nature of language as well as connections to other disciplines.

Learning another language prepares students to be citizens of the global community by developing an awareness and appreciation of other cultures.

As students become immersed in learning other languages and their cultures, they begin to understand how others view the world. Language learning encourages students to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity.