Foreign Language

The Foreign Language Department calls upon students to appreciate diverse cultures, promoting compassion and respect toward others.

Besant Hill School’s Foreign Language Department embraces the school’s mission statement and reinforces an appreciation of diverse cultures and global citizenship in a full immersion classroom experience. Once students enter the classroom, the instructor requires they not use English in order to start developing cognitive-academic skills in the target language without relying on translations or tedious memorization techniques. 

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language Department calls upon students to appreciate diverse cultures, promoting compassion and respect toward others.

Besant Hill School’s Foreign Language Department embraces the school’s mission statement and reinforces an appreciation of diverse cultures and global citizenship in a full immersion classroom experience. Once students enter the classroom, the instructor requires they not use English in order to start developing cognitive-academic skills in the target language without relying on translations or tedious memorization techniques. 

Survival phrases are taught on the first day of class, and because oral participation is an essential part of language and communication, it counts as 80% of students’ grades. Although expectations are high, classes are conducted in a way that lowers anxiety. Students feel comfortable and have fun. They engage in a variety of activities that promote readiness for real-life situations. It is our goal that students achieve fluency by the end of the fourth year, successfully gaining a second language.

Survival phrases are taught on the first day of class, and because oral participation is an essential part of language and communication, it counts as 80% of students’ grades. Although expectations are high, classes are conducted in a way that lowers anxiety. Students feel comfortable and have fun. They engage in a variety of activities that promote readiness for real-life situations. It is our goal that students achieve fluency by the end of the fourth year, successfully gaining a second language.

Francois Tchoyi

French Teacher

“What I love the most about Besant is the ability of the community to welcome, embrace, and support people no matter where they are coming from.”

Betsy Stix

French Teacher

“The word ‘educate’ means to draw out rather than to fill up, and at Besant Hill we experience true education everyday as we recognize and celebrate the strengths, challenges, and passions of each individual.”

Néstor Gerónimo Morales

Humanities Chair, Spanish Teacher

“Learning a new language opens the door to opportunity. This opportunity includes cultural relativism, and with that comes a new perspective for seeing the world.”

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