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Language Requirements

Pingry offers courses of study in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. In order to satisfy our graduation requirement in the Upper School, students must complete three consecutive years of study in one of these five languages. A student may take more than one language at a time.

Wondering what World Language classes are really like at Pingry? Listen as students share, firsthand, their experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Modern Language

Pingry’s modern world language classes emphasize both oral and written communication, focusing on competence in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural awareness. Upon completion of four years in our program, Pingry students will be able to engage in spoken and written discourse in their language of study, and they will have an in-depth, layered understanding of the culture(s) of origin. Our hope is that this cultural competence will lead to open minds, embracing perspectives which differ from their own.

First- through Third-Year Modern Language

Fourth-Year Modern Language

The Advanced Topics Sequence for French and German

Fifth-Year Modern Language

Sixth- and Seventh-Year Modern Language

Classical Language

Latin is the gateway to the cultural, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual life of the Romans, whose culture, along with the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions, is at the root of Western civilization, its influences appearing in our language, history, law, literature, government, philosophy, architecture, and art. The study of Latin keeps our intellectual and cultural heritage alive, affords students an opportunity to explore Roman culture, and gives them a solid linguistic base for the study of modern languages as well as a real understanding of the vocabulary of educated English. At Pingry we teach comprehension of the Latin language through a historical novel which traces a Roman family throughout the Roman world during the first century CE, and then move on to ancient texts in fourth year and Advanced Topics. The combination is designed to develop the students' understanding of the cultural and political history of the Roman people, which is the cultural and political history of modern western Europe.

Latin Courses

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