Language

In Williston’s language program you’ll develop linguistic fluency and cultural literacy in French, Latin, Chinese, or Spanish. Supportive and enthusiastic faculty will encourage you to go beyond gerunds and participles, and will spark your interest in the ways people communicate and connect in our increasingly multicultural world.


Featured Course

AP Chinese Language, Culture, and Literacy

Throughout this year-long course, you’ll hone your language skills across the three communicative modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. In so doing, you’ll fine-tune your knowledge of the Chinese language, including pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammatical structures, and written characters.


Special Programs

School Year Abroad

Imagine learning a language by being immersed in the culture of its speakers. That’s how School Year Abroad works. You have the option to spend your junior year in one of four countries: China, France, Italy, or Spain. It’s an unforgettable experience and an exceptional opportunity for students who are ready for adventure.

Classics Day

Each winter, busloads of Williston Latin students head to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day, a celebration of ancient cultures. Participants don white gloves and use magnifying glasses to examine and analyze millennia-old Roman coins, sport togas for the oratory competition, and act in classics-inspired skits—proving beyond a doubt that Latin is alive and well in Massachusetts.


Meet the Language Faculty

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Beatrice Cody

Language Department Head

Eugenio Garcia

Language Teacher

Rita Plouffe

Language Teacher


"I was cross-referencing my sources and looking at
the actual Latin to find texts that were helpful."

Sebastian Hererra '17, from his Williston Scholars Language project

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