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Modern and Classical Languages Department

News and Announcements

  • 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 Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation toward Biliteracy 2018
    New Trier's Modern and Classical Languages Department is proud to announce the final list of students who were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018. 
    Maggie Cao, a sophomore, has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany. She was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 99 percentile on the Level 3   2018 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
  • 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. 
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.