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: Introduction

  2. ARA200

    Arabic 2: Intermediate

  3. ARA300

    Arabic 3: Intermediate High

  4. ARA400

    Arabic 4: Advanced

  5. ARA500

    Arabic 5: Advanced Plus

  6. CHI100

    Chinese 1

  7. CHI200

    Chinese 2

  8. CHI300

    Chinese 3

  9. CHI400

    Chinese 4

  10. CHI500

    Chinese 5

  11. CHI699

    Chinese Tutorial

  12. CHI709

    Chinese Advanced Tutorial

  13. FRE100

    French 1

  14. FRE200

    French 2

  15. FRE203

    French 2 Honors

  16. FRE300

    French 3

  17. FRE303

    French 3 Honors

  18. FRE400

    French 4

  19. FRE503

    French 4 Honors

  20. FRE510

    French 5

  21. FRE603

    French 5 Honors

  22. FRE703

    French 6 Honors

  23. FRE800

    French 7 Honors

  24. GRE100

    Greek 1: Foundations Ancient Greek

  25. GRE200

    Greek 2

  26. LAT100

    Latin 1: Foundations

  27. LAT200

    Latin 2: Foundations 2

  28. LAT203

    Latin 2H: Foundations 2H

  29. LAT300

    Latin 3: Intro to Latin Literature

  30. LAT400

    Latin 4: Leadership & Empire

  31. LAT600

    Latin 5: Roman Literature in Context

  32. LAT699

    Advanced Tutorial in Latin

  33. SPA100

    Spanish 1

  34. SPA200

    Spanish 2

  35. SPA300

    Spanish 3

  36. SPA303

    Spanish 3 Honors

  37. SPA400

    Spanish 4

  38. SPA500

    Spanish 5

  39. SPA603

    Spanish 6: Honors Lat Am Lit

  40. SPA700

    Advanced Seminar in Spanish

  41. SPA704

    Advanced Tutorial in Spanish

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 Academic Dean.

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