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Modern and Classical Languages Department

News and Announcements

  • New Trier Chinese Language Students win awards in National Chinese Essay Contest
    Eight Chinese language students from New Trier High School were awarded for their contributions to the National Chinese Essay Contest, hosted by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS).
  • 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.
  • 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! 
  • Two New Trier teams finish in second place at Illinois Japan Bowl 2020

    Two New Trier teams finish in second place at Illinois Japan Bowl 2020

    Two teams representing New Trier High School's Japanese program won second-place finishes out of more than an estimated 85 teams from Chicagoland schools that participated at the Illinois Japan Bowl on February 22 at North Central College in Naperville. This success continues a tradition for New Trier's Japanese program; every year since the competition started in 2015, New Trier has fielded a team that placed in the top 3, including winning first place in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

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.