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Modern Language

The Modern Language Department at Belmont Hill strives to help students reach a high level of proficiency, while also expanding their knowledge of culture throughout the regions we study.  During their years of language study, students discover what they can do with the language, establishing building blocks that stay with them throughout their studies both here and at the collegiate level.Proficiency in a foreign language is increasingly important and valued at the professional level, and, as such, we attempt to give our students an experience that will serve them beyond Belmont Hill.  Varying levels of proficiency in Chinese, Spanish and French are achieved through texts, film, podcasts, visiting speakers, trips and specific grammar and structures.  Introduction courses focus on some content learning, while upper level courses are primarily focused on skills. Once the required three years of language study are complete, each language offers additional courses (4,5,AP) and independent studies, tailored specifically to students’ needs.  Combined with the formal classroom environment, the department also offers clubs for each language, enabling students to expand their language learning experience in a more informal environment.  Students take great pride and ownership in their language studies at Belmont Hill, regularly returning to campus during college to confirm that their foundational skills acquired on the Hill are serving them well in the collegiate arena.

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Modern Language Faculty

Ms. Celine Brabo

Ms. Celine Brabo

Titles: French and Spanish Teacher
Mr. Paul DiResta

Mr. Paul DiResta

Titles: Chinese and Spanish Teacher; Director of Theater, Drucker Family Chair Holder
Mr. Adam Harder

Mr. Adam Harder

Titles: Modern Languages and Math Teacher
Mr. Joseph LaLiberte

Mr. Joseph LaLiberte

Class of 2014
Mrs. Nancy Montanaro

Mrs. Nancy Montanaro

Titles: Modern Languages Teacher
Mr. Jorge Montoya

Mr. Jorge Montoya

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Mr. Penghua Shen

Mr. Penghua Shen

Titles: Chinese Teacher
Mr. Stewart Steffey

Mr. Stewart Steffey

Titles: Mondern Language Department Chair; Spanish Teacher

Curriculum by Form

Curriculum Guide

For greater academic detail, please check out our curriculum guide below to find full course descriptions.

Curriculum Guide SY 21-22