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Modern and Classical Languages Department

News and Announcements

  • John R. Thomson Italian Scholarship

    Three deserving New Trier Latin students were awarded the annual John R. Thomson Italian Scholarship this semester, which provides an opportunity to enhance their appreciation of the Latin language and ancient Roman culture by studying Italian internationally, nationally, or locally. This scholarship is supported by the John R. Thomson scholarship fund and the New Trier Modern and Classical Languages Department.

  • New Trier Chinese language students excel in end-of-year competitions
    Fifteen New Trier students participated in the 11th Midwest Chinese Speech Contest, hosted by Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance (MCTA). MCTA currently has over 200 Chinese teachers in the greater Chicago area, and its interest is in promoting the study of Mandarin Chinese as a world language or heritage language for all levels.
  • National German Honor Society 2019
    22 new members were inducted into the New Trier German Honor Society this past Tuesday, May 14.
  • Chinese language students achieve success at 11th Annual Great Lakes Speech Contest
    New Trier Chinese language students participated in the 11 th Annual Great Lakes Speech Contest on Sunday, April 28th. The contest, sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Valparaiso University (CIVU), invited high school students from Illinois and Indiana to demonstrate their skills in the Chinese language on the Valparaiso University campus.
  • New Trier inducts 39 members into National Chinese Honor Society
    The New Trier Chinese Language Program inducted 39 members into the National Chinese Honor Society on Thursday, April 25. In addition to excelling academically, inductees expanded their Chinese language practice beyond the walls of the Chinese classroom. 
  • MCL Seal of Biliteracy, April 2019
    New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to 67 students in the class of 2019! 
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.