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Upper School Foreign Language Curriculum

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture introduces students to Mandarin Chinese. Students learn the unique tonal language and character-based written form using the PinYin Romanization curriculum, where the Roman alphabet is used as a bridge to learning Mandarin.

 

Students also explore Chinese history, culture, art, literature, cuisine, inventions, and current events. The course employs a variety of online applications to bring the Chinese language and culture alive for students. A selection of Chinese movies reinforces listening skills, while guest presentations and field trips to regional festivities enhance the course.

Chinese I, II, and III

Students who wish to continue their study of Mandarin Chinese may elect to participate in a series of online courses offered under the guidelines of the Chinese Foreign Language Association. All online courses are presented in a hybrid format, with online instruction being augmented with interactive classroom activities and regional enrichment opportunities.

French II

Building on 8th Grade French C curriculum, French II students dive deeper into language structure with an increased emphasis on intonation, stress patterns, verb tenses, the command form, and the subjunctive mood. Literature is introduced through poetry and short stories. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

French Composition

In French Composition, students review grammar, tense, and mood by using the language in everyday settings. Unabridged literature, newspapers, web sources, and magazine articles augment course curriculum. Students converse in French and continue listening activities, while also enhancing and perfecting writing skills in a variety of formats. Specific units of study include generation gaps, family issues, hobbies, interests, the environment, nature, media, justice, politics, arts, shopping, and sports. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

French Conversation

In French Conversation, students perfect their use of French as a communication tool with an emphasis on oral skills. The course is taught completely in French and students are expected to participate frequently in directed and free conversations. All presentations and research assignments are completed solely in French. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

French Literature and Film

French Literature and Film is the capstone course in the French language sequence. The course continues to refine students' mastery of French through literature, cinema, and online applications. Students produce a short story and a short movie in French. Selected readings from Alexandre Dumas, Moliere, Albert Camus, Camara Laye, and Victor Hugo are an integral part of the course, in addition to both classic and contemporary French movies. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

Spanish II

Building on 8th Grade Spanish C curriculum, students dive deeper into language structure with an increased emphasis on intonation, stress patterns, verb tenses, the command form, and the subjunctive mood. Literature is introduced through poetry and short stories. Students also explore a variety of cultures with celebrations of Spanish holidays throughout the year.

Spanish Composition

In Spanish Composition, students review grammar, tense, and mood by using the language in everyday settings. Unabridged literature, newspapers, web sources, and magazine articles augment course curriculum. Students converse in Spanish and continue listening activities, while also enhancing and perfecting writing skills in a variety of formats. Students also explore a variety of cultures with celebrations of Spanish holidays throughout the year.

Spanish Conversation

In Spanish Conversation, students perfect their use of Spanish as a communication tool with an emphasis on oral skills. The course is taught completely in Spanish and students are expected to participate frequently in directed and free conversations. All presentations and research assignments are completed solely in Spanish. Students also explore a variety of cultures with celebrations of Spanish holidays throughout the year.

Spanish Literature and Film

Spanish Literature and Film is the capstone course in the Spanish language sequence. The course continues to refine students' mastery of Spanish through literature, cinema, and online applications with special emphasis on the countries of Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. Students also explore a variety of cultures with celebrations of Spanish holidays throughout the year.