RHP is committed to preparing students to be successful in the world of the 21st century. Offering Spanish, Mandarin, and American Sign Language, the World Language Department prepares students to be global citizens who will be successful in a competitive multilingual and multicultural workforce through their ability to communicate effectively in other languages and their deep understanding of other cultures.
The World Languages Department begins the study of languages and cultures in the 6th grade, with Introduction to Languages, a class which allows students to explore the workings of other languages and gives them insight into other societies. This provides a solid foundation for further modern language study in the Upper School. As students continue their language studies in Middle and Upper School, they advance their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills as they gain the grammar and vocabulary needed to communicate in a variety of situations.
In addition to their study of language and culture, students develop skills which are vital for success in the 21st century. They improve their analytical and problem-solving abilities by studying the patterns of languages and expressing themselves in a variety of situations. They hone their critical thinking as they study literature and poetry. Through presentations and projects, they foster their creativity, their innovative thinking skills, and their technological abilities. These skills prepare them for success in college and in life.
The World Languages teachers are dedicated to teaching languages and cultures using a communicative and interactive approach and have spent extensive time abroad and within their target communities. Because of small class sizes, the curriculum reflects the needs and interests of the students. All of the classes are taught in the target language and focus on guiding students to communicate effectively in real life situations and to compare and contrast other communities with their own.
The RHP World Language program helps students to attain a high level of proficiency in all language skills, to feel confident using the language in real life, and to gain an appreciation of other cultures.
World Languages Department Chair