Salve! Ni hao! Hola! Dia dhuit! Ciao! The Department of World Languages at Catholic Memorial believes that language and communication are essential and universal parts of the human experience. Through our curriculum, we introduce students to new languages (Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish) and cultures (ancient Roman, Chinese, and Hispanic/Latino), and students develop varying degrees of proficiency, from basic to fluent.
We also supplement our core language offerings with electives in Irish and Italian, two languages and cultures closely tied to the history of CM and the city of Boston. Our teaching is grounded in the belief that the acquisition of a new language is a multi-sensory process, and we accordingly emphasize the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In our classes, students learn to communicate in their language of study; appreciate and understand new cultures; draw connections between their study of language and work in other disciplines; make comparisons between different languages and cultures, and recognize the role of language in forming community. Equipped with new knowledge and enriched by their classroom experiences, our graduates are prepared to enter a world beyond CM that more and more demands citizens who are competent in multiple languages and sensitive to a diversity of cultures.