The Bentley World Languages Department offers a wide variety of classes to meet the curricular needs of our students. Most students will fulfill their graduation requirement by taking three (3) consecutive years of language courses at Bentley. Alternatively, with department approval, a student may fulfill the requirement by taking two years of courses in two different languages. In each of Bentley’s language classes, the rich history and culture of native speakers furnish an essential backdrop and context for learning to communicate effectively in the target language. Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese immersion classes develop students’ oral/aural fluency as well as reading and writing skills while Latin relies more on reading and textual analysis to explore effective communication. Additionally, students in Mandarin Chinese learn to write and read Chinese characters. The language faculty is a dynamic group of educators who model and encourage the importance of being a multilingual individual in today’s global society.
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.