• Middle School World Languages Program
    Grades 5 - 8

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    Grade 5 World Languages Exploratory Program

    The middle school world languages program is composed of an exploratory experience in the fifth grade and an opportunity for formal language study in the language of their choice in grades 6-8. The exploratory program provides every student with the opportunity to explore three modern languages - French, Italian, and Spanish. The exploratory curriculum in French, and Italian integrates common aspects of the target language within a thematic, cultural context. In Spanish, the students will reenter and build upon their elementary experience in Spanish within a student-centered, thematic context. In all of the languages, emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of language and culture with an activity approach to language learning to allow all students to experience success. Each language is studied twice in a six-day cycle for one trimester. At the end of 5th grade, each student will decide to begin the study of French, Italian or to continue with the study of Spanish.

    Grade 6

    In the sixth grade, the students begin to study the language of their choice for three days of a six-day cycle. Students are introduced to the target language and culture via units of study that focus on common informal settings and aspects of daily life. Emphasis is placed on using the language communicatively and instruction is primarily in the target language. Student-centered activities actively engage the learners in demonstrating language proficiency.

    Grade 7

    In the seventh grade, the students continue to study the language of their choice with classes increasing to five days a week. Students learn the target language and culture via units of study that focus on common informal settings and aspects of daily life. Emphasis is placed on using the language communicatively and instruction is primarily in the target language. Student-centered activities actively engage the learners in demonstrating language proficiency.

    Grade 8

    In the eighth grade, the students continue in their chosen language five days a week. Each course is designed to reenter and build upon previously learned material in units of study that integrate language and culture. There is a continued emphasis on listening and speaking with reinforcement from simple readings and some writing. Use of the target language increases by both the teachers and the students and student-centered activities continue to actively engage the learners in demonstrating language proficiency.