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Middle School Foreign Language

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The goals of the foreign language department are to encourage and train students to become proficient in their chosen language. Proficiency includes not only all four languages skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) but also proficiency in the target language's literature, art, politics, history, and cultures. As a school, we aim to prepare our students to become citizens of the world by exposing them to new modes of thinking and living. By this, we mean to develop in our students an ability to think critically and flexibly about ideas and issues that affect the global citizen everyday. For this purpose, our program offers different languages such as Latin in MS, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese in US. Our US program also offers an advanced program which culminates with an AP course or elective advanced literature and culture courses that mirror the demands of a third-year language class in university.

Latin: 1
In this year-long academic course, students will learn to communicate in Latin while establishing a broad foundation for language learning in general. They will discover the cross-discipline benefits of this ancient language as well as develop a rich appreciation for the classical roots of Western culture and history. In this first year, students will focus on the Roman city of Pompeii and its different aspects, including daily life, the Forum, the theater, gladiatorial games, slavery, the baths, education, government, and the eruption of Vesuvius. Language acquisition will focus on the nominative, accusative, and dative case, the present, imperfect, and perfect tense, and degrees of comparison. Each stage will include reading, writing, speaking, and listening practice in Latin, as well as a study of mythology, culture, history, and an in-depth look at Latin roots and English derivatives. The students' progress will be assessed through participation in class as well as projects, presentations, homework, quizzes, tests, and final exams.

Latin: 2
In this year-long academic course, students will continue to communicate in Latin while establishing a broad foundation for language learning in general. They will continue to discover the cross-discipline benefits of this ancient language as well as develop a rich appreciation for the classical roots of Western culture and history. Students are expected to have mastered the concepts and vocabulary of Latin I in order to continue into Latin II. In this second year, students will focus on Roman culture during the early monarchy and the first century A.D. Language acquisition will focus on the uses of the different noun cases, noun-adjective agreement, and verb conjugations and tenses (active indicative only). Each chapter will include reading, writing, speaking, and listening practice in Latin, as well as a study of mythology, culture, history, and an in-depth look at Latin roots and English derivatives. The students' progress will be assessed through participation in class as well as projects, presentations, homework, quizzes, tests, and final exams.

Latin: 3
In this year-long academic course, students will continue to communicate in Latin while establishing a broad foundation for language learning in general. They will continue to discover the cross-discipline benefits of this ancient language as well as develop a rich appreciation for the classical roots of Western culture and history. Students are expected to have mastered the concepts and vocabulary of Latin I and II in order to continue into Latin III. In this third year, students will continue to study aspects of the Roman world, including the Roman republic, famous Romans of the first century B.C., and the start of the empire. Language acquisition will focus on a more in-depth study of the uses of cases, verb conjugations (active and passive, indicative and subjunctive), participles, and general Latin syntax. Each stage will include reading, writing, speaking, and listening practice in Latin, as well as a study of mythology, culture, history, and an in-depth look at Latin roots and English derivatives. The students' progress will be assessed through participation in class as well as projects, presentations, homework, quizzes, tests, and final exams.