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Languages

In the Language Department at Canterbury, you'll discover the joy of learning a new language and the richness of different cultures. The goal is not just to teach you vocabulary and grammar, but to help you read, speak, and write effectively and fluently in a second language. Through storytelling and immersive class experiences, you'll grasp the language in a meaningful context, an approach that places a strong emphasis on comprehensive input. This foundation is further expanded through reading, speaking, writing, conversations, and group activities. 

As you progress, you'll find encouragement to continue your language studies at the college level. You'll also have the opportunity to deepen your connection to the languages and cultures you're studying through chaperoned trips and exchange programs, enriching your educational journey by adding real-world experiences and interpersonal connections.

To ensure that each student master the grammar of another language, be conversational after three years’ of study, and develop an awareness of the culture in which the target language is spoken

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Meet the Department

Meredith Berry-Toon

Meredith Berry-Toon

Language Teacher; Third and Sixth Form Dean
Mark Ciabaton

Mark Ciabaton

Latin Teacher, Varsity Swimming & Diving Head Coach
Ashley Hassiak

Ashley Hassiak

Spanish Teacher, Girls' JV Soccer Assistant Coach, Girls' JV Tennis Head Coach
Jill Heslam

Jill Heslam

Language Teacher
Keiko Mathewson

Keiko Mathewson

Language Department Chair; Co-Director of Theater
Julio Omaña

Julio Omaña

Director of International Travel Programs; Language Teacher; Fourth, Fifth, and PG Form Dean, Varsity Softball Head Coach
Andrea Ramirez

Andrea Ramirez

Spanish Teacher