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Modern & Classical Languages

Languages are doorways into other worlds.Language courses at Loomis Chaffee equip you to explore and understand life in lands beyond your home. Through interactive communicative experiences and deep cultural study, under the guidance of our knowledgeable and caring faculty, you will develop skills essential for positive global citizenship in today’s world.

Key Highlights
  • We offer instruction in five languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish.
  • All courses focus on linguistic proficiency side-by-side with cultural literacy.
  • Modern language classes emphasize oral proficiency and aim to prepare students to converse comfortably with native speakers.
  • Courses in Latin focus on the skills needed to appreciate Latin prose and poetry. Special attention is given to political and societal movements in the late Republic and early Empire.
  • Students in fifth-year French, Latin, and Spanish have flexible course choices for one, two, or three terms of the year. Each term course focuses on a specific geographic region or artistic genre (ex: French Cinema, Roman Comedy, Latin American short stories.)

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Meet the Department

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Modern & Classical Languages Department Head; Latin
Andrew Beaule

Andrew Beaule

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Spanish
Lilian Castillo de Hutchinson

Lilian Castillo de Hutchinson

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Spanish; Associate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Girls Varsity Track & Field Head Coach
Jesus Cobo

Jesus Cobo

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Spanish
Lillian Corman

Lillian Corman

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Spanish; Associate Director - Norton Center, Head of Cutler Hall
Sara Deveaux

Sara Deveaux

Director of the Kravis Center; Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - French
Carmen Hatchell

Carmen Hatchell

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Spanish & French
Meghan Hazard

Meghan Hazard

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - French
Richard Karrat

Richard Karrat

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Arabic, French & Spanish; Alvord Center Associate , GESC Coordinator
Khang Le

Khang Le

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Latin
Rachel Nisselson

Rachel Nisselson

Associate Director of the Kravis Center; Modern & Classical Languages Faculty - Spanish & French , Interim Girls Varsity Squash Head Coach
Kathleen Peterson

Kathleen Peterson

Modern & Classical Languages Faculty- Spanish
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