Interim Department Chair: Sibylle Schlesier, (505) 828-3168
Charlemagne said, “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” It is this sentiment that informs the world languages program at Albuquerque Academy. Language transforms the human experience–from the constantly evolving process of learning about one’s own culture to the challenge and wonder of experiencing another. This process is rooted in communication, and through it, students learn to broaden their appreciation of life through the beauty of art, culture, and literature. Additionally, students learn to become responsible global citizens, expanding their worldview throughout their lives; they learn to recognize the practical value of learning another language to enhance personal and professional opportunities.
All students in grades 6 and 7 study Spanish in a program that includes not only the language, but also the unique culture of the American Southwest. In grade 8, a student may continue with Spanish, begin French or German, or sign up for the global language rotation (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic) beginning that year.
The department strives to teach students proficiency in a language by their junior or senior year. Academy students can further their proficiency in a language, as well as knowledge of its people by visiting the countries where the language is spoken. Through the Global Languages Exchange Program, students spend two weeks living with a host family and attending classes at our sister schools in Mexico, Ecuador, France, Germany, China, and Japan.