All languages, including Latin, develop cultural familiarity as well as ability to speak, understand, read and write in the target language. Classes are conducted in the subject language as much as possible. A variety of media is used in instruction.
Language 7 is an interdepartmental course designed by the Modern and Classical Languages faculty in collaboration with the English department. It is intended to facilitate and encourage learning of additional languages through the study of comparative linguistics, and cultural influences on language. The first term introduces language as an expression of a way of life, not just as a compendium of words. Native speakers of other languages, primarily upper school students at Trinity-Pawling, are invited to class to share the sounds and rhythms of their language along with some information about how life is different where they are from. In the second term, students learn English grammatical terms and how they are used both similarly and differently in other languages. The third term is broken up into four two-week segments during which students study the languages offered at Trinity-Pawling: Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish.
Grade 8 Latin is roughly the equivalent of Latin 1 in the upper school. Along with instruction in the language itself, lessons include Roman history, art and culture. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to enroll in Latin 2 in the ninth grade.