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Modern Language

The Modern Language Department’s primary goal is to introduce and develop proficiency in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese communication. In doing this, we strive to impress upon students the importance and enjoyment of acquiring a second language and learning about other cultures. To achieve this goal, our classes, beginning with the lowest levels, are conducted exclusively in the target language. Through class activities, homework, and use of the newest technology in the school’s multimedia classroom, the students are able to improve their spoken, written, reading and listening skills. In addition, classes at every level participate in field trips and have the opportunity to hear guest speakers in order to better appreciate the culture of the language they are studying.Although Belmont Hill students are required to complete the third level of a language, most students opt to continue with their studies. Students begin in seventh grade and can pursue their language through the AP level. As a department, we offer AP language and AP literature in French and Spanish and prepare the Chinese students for the SAT II. In addition, for students who have a love of the language and/or culture but do not feel ready to take an AP course, there are opportunities to continue with each language outside the AP level. 

Finally, we actively encourage our students to immerse themselves firsthand in cultures where the target languages are spoken, through participation in our spring vacation trips, the School Year Abroad program in Spain, France and China, or through an array of summer programs.

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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
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