Our goal in the Department of Language is proficiency in both the language and culture of other people, even perhaps at another time in history. Austin students typically study one language and its culture in depth. Our introductory courses in modern languages begin with a communications approach, stressing listening and speaking skills. Our approach in the classical languages is one of reading proficiency, with an emphasis upon fluency and historical appreciation.
Global travel awakens the senses—and mind—to different cultures and experiences. From climbing the worn steps of Rome's Colosseum to practicing tai chi with Shanghai locals, unforgettable memories become priceless souvenirs. Opportunities for school trips allow Middle School students to experience these life-changing journeys alongside the most passionate and qualified teachers.