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Foreign Language

Middle School Foreign Language

The Middle School Foreign Language program embraces the principle that the study of a language other than English provides students not only with a valuable skill within the global economy but also broadens awareness and understanding of the culture and history of other peoples. As knowledge of both the target language and culture is gained, students are able to make comparisons with their own language and culture and to broaden their perspective on themselves and on the diverse peoples of the globe. Students choose either French or Spanish, which is studied during the three year period of Middle School. The language component is designed to develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing through use of drills, dialogues, listening activities, games, video, computer software, readers and internet websites. Oral proficiency is stressed from the start through use of theSym -Talk method which uses symbols to acquire vocabulary and to serve as a springboard for original sentence construction. Culture is presented on a continual basis and includes crafts, art, music, dance, and cuisine.

PREKINDERGARTEN SPANISH

Prekindergarten through 3rd grade Spanish curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of the language. Using the Symtalk Method, students learn to substitute words for symbols, thereby immediately creating full sentences. Employing flashcards with useful vocabulary, this method promotes communicative listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency. Students gain confidence as they quickly learn to form full sentences. Their skills are developed as they expand their vocabulary. In addition to the Symtalk Method, stories, nursery rhymes, games and songs will be used.

KINDERGARTEN - 3RD GRADE SPANISH

Prekindergarten through 3rd grade Spanish curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of the language. Using the Symtalk Method, students learn to substitute words for symbols, thereby immediately creating full sentences. Employing flashcards with useful vocabulary, this method promotes communicative listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency. Students gain confidence as they quickly learn to form full sentences. Their skills are developed as they expand their vocabulary. In addition to the Symtalk Method, stories, nursery rhymes, games and songs will be used.

4TH GRADE SPANISH

The Fourth Grade Spanish Program focuses on the fundamentals of the language. Students learn how to substitute words for self-explanatory symbols, thereby immediately creating full sentences using the Symtalk Method. This method employs many drawings and flashcards in order to promote communicative listening, speaking, reading & writing proficiency. Vocabulary is limited to and directly related to real-life situations. Students speak in full sentences immediately, and learn how to explore combinations to create their own sentences as they expand their personal vocabularies. Fun is an important factor.

5TH GRADE FRENCH

French language studies in the 5th grade focus on learning language through pictures. Class time is spent reviewing previously learned words and gradually introducing new words by use of a set of pictures and a magnetized board. The students enjoy this method and are eager to read aloud to one another and to form sentences of their own. Language lessons are enhanced with cultural topics including food, school, family life and geography.

6TH GRADE FRENCH

The French program in 6th grade is designed to introduce students to France, its language, people, culture and Francophone neighbors. Language instruction is geared towards developing the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing with greater emphasis on oral proficiency at this beginning stage. Culture is explored through the study of French art, food, famous monuments and people, the educational system, currency, sports and family life.

6TH GRADE SPANISH

The 6th grade course in Spanish serves as an introduction to more advanced study in later years. Vocabulary and grammar are reviewed and strengthened through small group activities, repetition, dialogues, worksheets and question and answer sessions. Emphasis will be placed on continuing the skills of speaking, reading and listening comprehension, writing and cultural awareness.

7TH GRADE FRENCH

The 7th grade French program serves as a review and continuation of the 6th grade French course. Emphasis continues to be placed on speaking, comprehension and cultural awareness. Instruction in the target language increases and pronunciation is fine tuned through oral practice. Grammatical concepts are presented and continually reviewed with the goal of developing in he students a sense of the structure of the language so that they may use it to communicate with a basic level of proficiency. Work is often done in small groups in the form of skits, dialogues and communication exercises. Students are introduced to the African francophone countries with special emphasis on the Ivory Coast. The region of Provinces, France, is studied in depth through student reports, files, and internet activities.

7TH GRADE SPANISH

Seventh grade Spanish serves as review and continuation of the 6th grade Spanish course. Emphasis will continue to be placed on speaking, comprehension and cultural awareness. Pronunciation will be fine tuned through oral practice. Work is often done in small groups in the form of skits, dialogues and communication exercises. Students will review gender, verb conjugation, commonly used vocabulary as well as frequently used expressions.

8TH GRADE FRENCH

The 8th grade French program serves as a cumulative review of the 6th and 7th grade years and a continuation and expansion of grammatical concepts and vocabulary through pair work activities, reading and listening comprehension activates, skits, and compositions. Grammatical concepts are presented and reviewed continually and idiomatic expressions and proverbs are added to the curriculum. Communication during class is almost exclusively in the target language. Cultural study will center on the French town of Chartres, the Caribbean island of Martinique and the Loire River valley.

8TH GRADE SPANISH

Eighth grade Spanish serves as a cumulative review of the 6th and 7th grade years. Students will also continue to expand their vocabulary through small group assignments, reading and listening comprehension and worksheets. Idiomatic expressions and proverbs will be added to the curriculum to broaden and reinforce the students’ vocabulary base as well as grammatical and cultural aspects of the language. Students will also explore the phonetic aspect of the language.

Students in prekindergarten through second grade use the computer lab for direct instruction. Further experience is provided in the classroom as might be appropriate within a project or unit of study.

In third through fifth grades, emphasis is placed on research and communication skills as technology instruction is integrated and presented within the regular classroom using classroom computers and laptops. Finding, evaluating, and responsibly using reliable resources to gather information is a high priority. Project and presentation skills are integrated, enabling students to share the results of their individual or group research. Students are guided through opportunities to experience collaborative projects using appropriate, online communication tools, such as Imovie, Twiducate, Photo Story, Google Presentation,collaborative work with Google Docs, blogging, Wikispaces and more.

In sixth through eighth grades, technology is fully and completely integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Relevant technology skills become tools for gathering and managing information and for creating and sharing meaningful projects. Teachers work diligently to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge to use technology responsibly, communicate thoughtfully, and collaborate respectfully in the digital world.

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