MS Foreign Language

MS Spanish 6

Sixth-grade courses meet four times a week and provide an introduction to the language and to foreign language learning. Previous experience in Spanish is NOT required for these courses. Objectives:

  1. to introduce students to the systematic study of foreign language;
  2. to communicate in Spanish basic ideas such as greeting people, counting, describing people, etc.;
  3. to transfer their knowledge of Spanish to other disciplines;
  4. to acquaint students with Hispanic cultures around the world;
  5. to master a formal system of talking about language.

Sixth-grade Spanish introduces students to the formal study of foreign language. The emphasis is on listening and speaking, with the gradual introduction of elementary reading and writing skills.

MS Spanish 6A (Experienced)

Sixth-grade foreign language courses meet four times a week. Students continue to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They will start with grammar structure and conjugations and there is a significant expansion of vocabulary. Students need prior experience with the language to be successful in this course. Objectives:

  1. to introduce students to a more systematic study of foreign language;
  2. to communicate in Spanish basic ideas using more complex sentences.
  3. to transfer their knowledge of Spanish to other disciplines;
  4. to acquaint students with Hispanic cultures around the world;
  5. to master a formal system of talking about language.

Sixth-grade Spanish introduces students to the formal study of foreign language.

MS Spanish I and II

Spanish I/II courses meet four times a week. These fast-paced courses are the equivalent of Levels I/II in the Upper School. This two-year sequence develops on students' previous knowledge and proficiency. Students continue to refine their skills while learning advanced grammar, conversation and composition. Objectives:

  1. To communicate confidently in Spanish in real life situations.
  2. To use a relatively sophisticated Spanish vocabulary.
  3. To demonstrate a solid foundation in Spanish grammar.
  4. To write lengthy paragraphs and read authentic text with increased understanding of details.

After Level I students begin to communicate more independently. The second year course continues to strengthen proficiency while introducing more complex grammatical structures and expanding students' vocabulary.

MS Blended Spanish

This course follows the same curriculum as the Middle School Spanish II class; however, it is taught in a blended format. Twice a week, students work in a proctored environment. They work individually and in groups to complete tasks using technology and our learning management system. The other two classes meet face to face with the Spanish teacher to further expand and refine their studies.

MS Latin 6

MS Latin 6 meets four times a week. Students further develop and utilize higher-level reading strategies for comprehension and appreciation with increased independence. They review a variety of genres and participate in discussions using appropriate listening and speaking skills. They produce analytical writing to practice using varied sentence structures, proper punctuation, suitable paragraphing, and citation rules. Students write both creative and analytical pieces and spend time increasing their understanding of the formal research process.

MS Latin 1A and 1B

The Latin1A/1B courses meet four times a week. The two-year sequence introduces beginning students to the language, its history and its culture. Previous experience with the language is not required for Latin 1A. Objectives:

  1. to read and understand Latin passages of graded difficulty;
  2. to compose sentences that demonstrate mastery of inflection and syntax;
  3. to help students understand English grammar, and to extend their English vocabulary, through the study of Latin;
  4. to master pronunciation of the Latin language;
  5. to appreciate Roman civilization, culture, and history, and their impact on the developments in the subsequent history of the Western world.

The two-year sequence 1A/1B is the equivalent to a Level 1 class in Upper School. These courses introduce students to the language, history, and culture of Ancient Rome. Students develop translation skills, master a basic Latin vocabulary, and review English grammar as a basis for studying Latin grammar. Students will translate passages of graded difficulty and compose in Latin. In addition, they will master strategies for analyzing the meaning of Latin derivatives in English. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to transfer their newly acquired knowledge and skills to linguistic and cultural material they encounter in other classes. Cultural units include Roman family life, houses, dress, names, slaves, the city of Rome, the history of Rome from the kingship to the end of the republic, and classical mythology

MS Spanish 1A and 1B

The 1A/1B courses meet four times a week. The two-year sequence introduces beginning students to the language, its history, and its culture. Previous experience with the language is not required for Spanish 1A. The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students with the sounds and elementary structures of the language. Basic sentences and common vocabulary are introduced to facilitate both oral and written communication. Objectives:

  1. to be understood while speaking the target language in basic daily situations;
  2. to develop a basic understanding of the spoken language;
  3. to use common expressions and vocabulary, learn basic syntax, and read and compose simple sentences in the language;
  4. to appreciate the history and cultures of those who speak the target language.

Students study advanced grammar and practice consistent application of basic language concepts. Students at this level communicate primarily through modeling examples in the target language and begin to communicate more independently during the IB segment of the course. After successful completion of both years of this Level I course, students should be able to ask and answer questions about themselves and their surroundings, write sentences and simple paragraphs, and grasp main ideas from authentic texts. The two-year sequence 1A/1B is the equivalent to a Level 1 class in Upper School.

MS French 1A and 1B

The 1A/1B courses meet four times a week. The two-year sequence introduces beginning students to the language, its history, and its culture. Previous experience with the language is not required for French 1A. The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students with the sounds and elementary structures of the language. Basic sentences and common vocabulary are introduced to facilitate both oral and written communication. Objectives:

  1. to be understood while speaking the target language in basic daily situations;
  2. to develop a basic understanding of the spoken language;
  3. to use common expressions and vocabulary, learn basic syntax, and read and compose simple sentences in the language;
  4. to appreciate the history and cultures of those who speak the target language.

Students study advanced grammar and practice consistent application of basic language concepts. Students at this level communicate primarily through modeling examples in the target language and begin to communicate more independently during the IB segment of the course. After successful completion of both years of this Level I course, students should be able to ask and answer questions about themselves and their surroundings, write sentences and simple paragraphs, and grasp main ideas from authentic texts. The two-year sequence 1A/1B is the equivalent to a Level 1 class in Upper School.

MS Chinese 1A and 1B

The 1A/1B courses meet four times a week. The two-year sequence introduces beginning students to the language, its history, and its culture. Previous experience with the language is not required for Chinese 1A. The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students with the sounds and elementary structures of the language. Basic sentences and common vocabulary are introduced to facilitate both oral and written communication. Objectives:

  1. to be understood while speaking the target language in basic daily situations;
  2. to develop a basic understanding of the spoken language;
  3. to use common expressions and vocabulary, learn basic syntax, and read and compose simple sentences in the language;
  4. to appreciate the history and cultures of those who speak the target language.

Students study advanced grammar and practice consistent application of basic language concepts. Students at this level communicate primarily through modeling examples in the target language and begin to communicate more independently during the IB segment of the course. After successful completion of both years of this Level I course, students should be able to ask and answer questions about themselves and their surroundings, write sentences and simple paragraphs, and grasp main ideas from authentic texts. The two-year sequence 1A/1B is the equivalent to a Level 1 class in Upper School.




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