Languages

The study of languages promotes communication with people of other cultures, a fuller participation in the global community, and preparation to play an active role in a global economy.

Through its course offerings, the World Languages Department seeks to develop in students a degree of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French, Mandarin, and Spanish.  Latin instruction focuses on reading, translation, vocabulary building, and the principles of linguistic structure.  The culture of the language is presented as an integral part of language instruction as well.

In an effort to address different learning styles, the Department promotes a multisensory approach and teaching methods appropriate for the students’ developmental stage. The principle of spiraling is applied to various aspects of the curriculum: knowledge and skills from one stage are recycled in increasingly sophisticated ways. Students are assisted in their progress through continuous feedback and opportunity to practice.  The systematic inclusion of study and organizational skills fosters a daily routine that is integral to cumulative effect of language learning.

Each student who graduates from MacDuffie must have successfully completed at least two consecutive years of study in one language while enrolled in the Upper School.

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Gloria Caballero
Gloria Caballero Spanish TeacherFrench Teacher

BA, Pedagogical University of Foreign Languages (ISPLE), Havana
MA, UMass Amherst
PhD, UMass Amherst
MA, Erasmus Mundus Program, GEMMA,  University of Oviedo-University of Lodz, Poland
PhD Candidate, University of Oviedo-University of Lodz, Poland

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Gloria Caballero Spanish TeacherFrench Teacher

BA, Pedagogical University of Foreign Languages (ISPLE), Havana
MA, UMass Amherst
PhD, UMass Amherst
MA, Erasmus Mundus Program, GEMMA,  University of Oviedo-University of Lodz, Poland
PhD Candidate, University of Oviedo-University of Lodz, Poland

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Kevin Hillman
Kevin Hillman French TeacherLanguage Department ChairCross Country Coach

BA, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

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Kevin Hillman French TeacherLanguage Department ChairCross Country Coach

BA, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

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Ting Juan Song
Ting Juan Song Mandarin Teacher

ME, UMass
MA (Chinese Linguistics), UMass

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Ting Juan Song Mandarin Teacher

ME, UMass
MA (Chinese Linguistics), UMass

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Daniel Taravella
Daniel Taravella Latin TeacherHistory Teacher

BA, Allegheny College
MA, University of Chicago

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Daniel Taravella Latin TeacherHistory Teacher

BA, Allegheny College
MA, University of Chicago

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Laura Vachet
Laura Vachet Spanish Teacher

BA, College of William and Mary
ME, University of Virginia
Universidad de Salamanca, Spain- Diploma de Cursos Internacionales

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Laura Vachet Spanish Teacher

BA, College of William and Mary
ME, University of Virginia
Universidad de Salamanca, Spain- Diploma de Cursos Internacionales