The World Language program offers French, Mandarin, Latin and Spanish from introductory through advanced levels. Students are asked to produce meaningful language about meaningful topics, so they are using the language not as an end in itself, but as a tool to communicate ideas. Rather than learning grammar in a vacuum, students learn linguistic structures by reading, writing and talking about themes. Classes are conducted primarily in the target language. In a student-centered classroom, time for students to converse is maximized while teachers minimize their speaking.
As many students as possible are given the opportunity to practice speaking the language as often as possible. The program incorporates a variety of teaching modes in order to reach all learners.
Upon completion of Bentley’s language program, students will be able to communicate in the language with native speakers; analyze both fiction and non-fiction texts; recognize cultural references to history, literature, music, art, religion, and politics made by native speakers in conversation; write poetry and stories, perform plays and do multi-media presentations; and love the language enough to live, at least for a time, in a country where the language is spoken.