Foreign Language

Discover the world through language. 

In the Foreign Language Department we prepare students to communicate in a changing world. With seven languages available, Thornton Academy students peek into past and present cultures of many parts of the world. Languages include Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. 

Classes are centered around communication. Students are challenged to take the vocabulary and grammar that they learn and apply it in real-world situations. Teachers take advantage of authentic resources via technology. 

Students benefit from exchange programs in France and Germany. They have the opportunity to host partners from these countries and travel to our partner schools to deepen their grasp of these languages. 

- rick thompson, foreign language department chair

featured class: Arabic

In Arabic class, students learn not just the language of much of the Middle East and North Africa but also about exciting features of the related cultures like food, dress and music. With engaging teachers, Arabic is quickly becoming a popular language option at Thornton Academy.

Laughing during Latin class

Language is not necessarily a way of speaking; it's a way of thinking. It's a whole new world of opportunity, a whole new world of possibility. With language, the world is yours, you just have to want it. 

Joshua Jacques '19

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language Faculty

Lindsay Butler

French Teacher

Sally Cody

Latin Teacher

AdriAnne Curtis

German Teacher

Cara DameBrusie

Middle School World Languages Teacher

Pam Davis

Spanish Teacher

Marie Fritzsche

Spanish Teacher

Chia-Ju Phoebe Hsieh

Chinese Teacher, International Student Advisor

Nathaniel Koonce

Latin & Ancient Greek Teacher

Roula Maalouf

French & Arabic Teacher

Vanessa Morin

French Teacher

Rick Thompson

Foreign Language Department Chair, Spanish Teacher

Elizabeth Wiles

Spanish Teacher
Thornton Academy students in foreign language classroom