The World Languages Department encourages students to learn to communicate efficiently in another language, interpret cultural differences, and develop new perspectives. Students are given the opportunity to explore other parts of the world and learn about themselves while learning about others. The World Languages curriculum promotes language proficiency, global awareness, cultural curiosity, and a love for language learning. Students can choose to study Chinese, French, Spanish, or Latin.

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My favorite teacher at Harvard-Westlake is Magistra Barletta. Her passion for the language and culture of Greece and Rome is matched by few.


Benjamin Beckman '19
Student

My favorite teacher at Harvard-Westlake is Magistra Barletta. Her passion for the language and culture of Greece and Rome is matched by few.


Benjamin Beckman '19
Student

My favorite teacher at Harvard-Westlake is Magistra Barletta (affectionately called Magis by her students), who teaches Latin at the middle school. Magis's passion for teaching and for the language and culture of Greece and Rome is matched by few. She's the faculty sponsor of the Junior Classical League club and an excellent coach for certamen, a Latin quiz-bowl game. She offers to teach and work with students in her free time and has even organized week-long trips over spring break to Greece and Rome. From cutthroat certamen matches and late-night bus rides home from JCL conventions to Getty Villa trips to view ancient artwork, it has been an honor to be Magistra Barletta's student.

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