At the beginning of the sixth-grade year, every student chooses one of three languages to study for their Middle School years: Spanish, French, or Mandarin. At every grade level, middle school language students develop their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in their chosen language. Language learning skills and strategies are also emphasized.
All language classes build upon the skills and vocabulary of previous years and include cultural studies, geography, and the history of places where their target language is spoken. Students develop a deeper understanding of the origins of that language and its associated cultures. Students often have the opportunity to travel to a country where the target language is spoken.
By the end of eighth grade, students will have reached the novice-high or intermediate-low level of the language and developed proficiency in the following:
- Ability to continue in target language at the Upper-School level
- Strategies to analyze authentic writings and infer wholistic meaning
- Identifying and explaining some cultural perspectives that differ from what they are accustomed to