Modern Languages

While the study of language has always been an important component of a Deerfield education, such study has become increasingly vital in today’s rapidly changing world. Deerfield offers instruction in four modern languages: Chinese, French, Arabic, and Spanish.

Progressive immersion in the target language is the norm in the Deerfield Academy modern language classroom. Speaking and hearing the target language allows students to explore the world through the eyes of another, embracing the diversity of voices from around the globe. As in acquiring any other skill, we acknowledge that learning a language is a challenging and rewarding process. Lifelong language learning demands engagement, flexibility, collaboration and patience.

Classical Languages

Who were the ancient Greeks and Romans? And how does their legacy continue to shape our culture? At Deerfield Academy, Greek and Latin form a part of our heritage, having been inaugural subjects when the school was founded in 1797. The study of classics is as much about self-discovery as mastery; we learn the heritage of Greece and Rome just as we come to know ourselves.

For students with a special enthusiasm for classics, DA offers a Classical Studies Program; the Classics Club provides opportunities for students beyond DA, including trips to local colleges and museums—and, of course, certamena fun-filled, competitive classics quiz game. To give students a first-hand experience with Roman history and material culture, the classics program offers a biennial trip to Italy, replete with visits to Roman, Etruscan, and Greek museums and archeological sites.

  1. ARA100

    Arabic 1

  2. ARA200

    Arabic 2

  3. ARA300

    Arabic 3

  4. ARA400

    Arabic 4

  5. ARA699

    Arabic Tutorial

  6. CHI100

    Chinese 1

  7. CHI200

    Chinese 2

  8. CHI300

    Chinese 3

  9. CHI510

    Chinese 4

  10. CHI603

    Chinese 5 Honors

  11. CHI699

    Chinese Tutorial

  12. CHI709

    Chinese Advanced Tutorial

  13. CLA455

    Eat Like A Roman

  14. CLA620

    Proof & Persuasion

  15. FRE100

    French 1

  16. FRE200

    French 2

  17. FRE203

    French 2 Honors

  18. FRE300

    French 3

  19. FRE303

    French 3 Honors

  20. FRE400

    French 4

  21. FRE503

    French 4 Honors

  22. FRE510

    French 5

  23. FRE603

    French 5 Honors

  24. FRE703

    French 6 Honors

  25. FRE800

    French 7 Honors

  26. GRE100

    Greek 1-Foundations Ancient Gr

  27. GRE200

    Greek 2

  28. GRE699

    Advanced Tutorial in Greek

  29. LAT100

    Latin 1: Foundations

  30. LAT200

    Latin 2: Foundations 2

  31. LAT203

    Latin 2H: Foundations 2H

  32. LAT300

    Latin 3: Intro to Latin Lit.

  33. LAT400

    Latin 4: Leadership & Empire

  34. LAT600

    Latin 5: Survey of Latin Lit

  35. LAT699

    Advanced Tutorial in Latin

  36. SPA100

    Spanish 1

  37. SPA200

    Spanish 2

  38. SPA300

    Spanish 3

  39. SPA302

    Spanish for Heritage Speakers

  40. SPA303

    Spanish 3 Honors

  41. SPA400

    Spanish 4

  42. SPA402

    Spanish 4 - Community Service

  43. SPA500

    Spanish 5: Advanced Topics

  44. SPA504

    Spanish 5: Adv. Topics in Span

  45. SPA603

    Spanish 6: Honors Lat Am Lit

  46. SPA611

    Span 6H: Spanish Speaking Film

  47. SPA612

    Spanish Language Theater

  48. SPA700

    Adv.Seminar in Spanish

Faculty and Staff

  1. Lina Al Samawi

    Language Teacher, International Student Advisor
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  2. Ellie Bicknell

    Language Teacher, Visual & Performing Arts Teacher - Studio
    Visual & Performing Arts-Studio Art, Language
  3. Samuel Bicknell

    Dean of Students, Language Teacher
    Student Life Office, Language
  4. Yoel Castillo Botello

    Spanish Teacher
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  5. Jaime Correa Ramirez

    Language Teacher
  6. Amie Creagh

    Assistant Head for Student Life, Language Teacher
    Language, Student Life Office
  7. Anna Delwiche

    Language Teacher
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  8. Cindy Feng

    Language Teacher
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  9. Xiao Feng Feng

    Language Teacher
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  10. Beatriz Giraldo

    Associate Director of the Center for Service & Global Citize
    Language, Center for Service/Global Citizenship
  11. Daniel Houston

    Language Teacher
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  12. Brian Hunt

    Language Teacher
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  13. Cheri Karbon

    Language Teacher
  14. Yanik Nichols

    Language Teacher
  15. Haley O'Neil

    Language Teacher, Language Dept. Chair
    Center for Service/Global Citizenship, Language
  16. John Taylor

    Language Teacher
    Language, Dean of the Faculty's Office
  17. Matthew Westman

    Language Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.

In the modern language courses at Deerfield, oral proficiency, competency in written expression, and cultural literacy are equally important. First and second levels stress rapid acquisition of vocabulary, fundamental grammatical skills, and cultural awareness. Third-year courses provide a comprehensive review of grammatical structures and an introduction to reading and composition. Fourth-year courses are usually devoted to the development of oral proficiency and literary skills. In the fifth and sixth level courses, students delve into the literature originally written in the language they are studying.

In most years, there are spring and summer trips abroad, organized and chaperoned by Deerfield faculty members, for students studying Chinese, French, Arabic, and Spanish. Deerfield is also an associate member of the School Year Abroad Program (SYA). Each year several Deerfield juniors and seniors live with host families and attend school in Rennes (France), Zaragoza (Spain), or Beijing (China).

Yes, several of our courses will prepare students for the appropriate AP Language Examinations. 

Contact the Language Department
Fax 413-772-1128

Kendall Classroom Building
Mon–Fri, 8am–4pm

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342