The primary objective of the grades 7 and 8 Foreign Language curriculum is to prepare students to communicate meaningfully with others in Mandarin Chinese, French or Spanish about topics and ideas that are relevant to their own personal interests. Students are encouraged to use the target language throughout the class in collaborative and interactive student-centered activities. Students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills throughout the curriculum. In addition, by using critical thinking skills to make global cross-cultural comparisons, students are encouraged to develop a respect for and an understanding of diverse cultures. Use of technology is an important part of our foreign language curriculum. Through its use, students will participate in interactive activities that strengthen their communication skills and cultural awareness.
Acquiring proficiency in a foreign language requires many years of studying the same language. As students begin the two-year program in Grade 7, they make a commitment to study either Mandarin Chinese, French or Spanish. Students who successfully complete the Middle School program will be eligible to take Mandarin Chinese, French II or Spanish II in high school.