Modern & Classical Languages
The demanding process of mastering the four skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, encourages personal discipline and cooperative learning. The struggle to understand and express ideas in a non-native tongue encourages risk-taking, self-awareness, patience, a sense of humor, sympathy, and tolerance. Students will comprehend, analyze, and respond to texts and experiences in a creative and reflective way, gaining a critical perspective on their own culture in relation to other cultures. The study of a non-native language is fundamental to Marist students' life long endeavor to understand, evaluate, and fulfill, in word and deed, their responsibility to the world community and to value the dignity and integrity of all people.