The Core - Classical and Modern Languages

core_logoThe study of languages, both classical and modern, is a key element in working and learning across cultures and geographic boundaries. Language in the Core Curriculum focuses on the acquisition of the skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing, though the emphasis varies according to the chosen language. Students in core language study acquire knowledge about other cultures, literatures, and historical periods. It is expected that students will use the skills and knowledge acquired in language courses in practical and intellectual pursuits.

Through their study of foreign languages, students will:

  • Be able to read a passage of moderate difficulty in their chosen language and, in the case of modern languages, will be able to communicate with a native speaker
  • Learn grammatical and syntactical rules which will facilitate oral and written expression in the language
  • Become acquainted with the life, customs and cultural traditions where the language is or was spoken