Teaching the millennial student
Falmouth Academy believes that the study of modern languages allows students a greater understanding of the world and its cultures. As global citizens of the 21st century, students must be aware of themselves as part of a global community. Our goal is to help students achieve a level of fluency that allows them to communicate and to express their personalities in another language through reading, traveling, or friendships with students from other countries.
Why French and German
We offer six-year programs in the two major “source languages” from which the English language is derived: French and German. Our choice of French and German reflects the importance of these two cultures in our own linguistic and cultural heritage, as well as the rich connections between the history and literature of those countries and FA students’ course work in other disciplines.
Students start speaking in the target language from the first day at Falmouth Academy. Our teachers are fluent French- or German-speaking teachers, many of them native speakers, who have lived and studied in France or Germany. Small classes of no more than 15 students encourage listening and speaking. Exploration of German-speaking countries and the French-speaking world through literature, art, music, film, news, cultural sites and food fosters our students’ broadening of their cultural and historical perspective.
The Modern Language Department reinforces the practical importance of proficiency in a foreign language through group exchanges with high schools in Nice, France and Heidelberg, Germany. These exchanges offer our students the opportunity to use their second language as they host and visit French or German partners, attend school with them, and live with their families. Group excursions explore museums, historic sights, industries and markets in the regions surrounding our partner schools.