Forming the Future: New language, new perspective at St. Mary's School in Winchester

May 07, 2018 504

Many of the students at St. Mary's School in Winchester have likely never been to Italy, are likely not of Italian descent, yet, sometimes when they say their prayers, they say them in Italian. For years, the parochial elementary school has offered its students classes on Italian language and culture, giving them a better understanding of life outside of America, and the skills to speak and understand a language other than English.

Recognizing the importance that the widening of perspectives has in today's age of globalization, St. Mary's is adding a new language course to its curriculum. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school years, its students will not only continue learning Italian, but will begin learning Mandarin Chinese, as well.

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