Language

We build on our diverse talents, perspectives and experiences to instill an enthusiasm for active language acquisition at all levels.

Our curriculum offers 25 courses in four foreign languages – Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish – and includes honors and advanced placement level classes. You'll develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies while expanding your knowledge of other cultures.

There are opportunities for authentic learning experiences that will help you appreciate the connections between language and culture. Like developing a pen-pal relationship with a student from EFZ, our sister school in Shanghai, or working in our art studio as part of your Spanish cultural studies, or participating in our School Year Abroad (SYA) program in France, Spain, China or Italy. For complete cultural immersion, our Signature Experience in Language and our Signature Experience in Asian Studies allows you to explore other cultures through research and travel.


I see myself not only as a teacher, but also as an ambassador of my native culture. Yuan Gao, coordinator of the Asian Studies program


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Meet our Faculty

Jose Ruiz

Jose Ruiz

Department Chair
B.A., Universidad de Malaga, Spain
M.A., Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown

Teacher
M.Ed., Universidad del País Vasco
B.S., Salem State University
B.A., Salem State University
Michelle Dewey-Dawson

Michelle Dewey-Dawson

Teacher
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Yiqun Jiang

Yiqun Jiang

Teacher
B.A., East China Normal University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Nathalie Letourneau

Nathalie Letourneau

Teacher
B.A., Université de Besançon
B.A., Thomas Edison State College
Patrick Loughlin

Patrick Loughlin

Teacher
B.A., Denison University
David Martin

David Martin

Director of Summer School, Director of Peddie Summer School, Achivist
B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., Princeton University
Claudio Middleton

Claudio Middleton

Teacher
B.A., Catholic Univ of Valpara¡so, Inst of History (Chile )
M.A., Catholic Univ of Valpara¡so, Inst of History (Chile )
Allison Park

Allison Park

Director of Student Leadership Development
B.S., Lock Haven University
Marisa Parra

Marisa Parra

Teacher
B.A., Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Taylor White

Taylor White

Teacher
B.S., University of Vermont
Binbin Zhao

Binbin Zhao

Teacher
M.A., Seton Hall University
B.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University