• World Language, Grades 6-8
     
    Our goal for students is that by the end of Grade 8 they will be speaking and writing at an Intermediate Low proficiency as defined by ACTFL.  This will support their success in achieving the CT Seal of Biliteracy in high school.
     
     
     

    Spanish 6 - 8 

    Similar to our elementary program, our middle school spanish program is proficiency based. We work diligently to support students in learning language to enable students to effectively use their new language to share their thoughts and opinions, orally and in writing. In addition, students will be able to gather information by listening or reading in the target language.  Similar to the FLES program, our middle school Spanish program is taught exclusively in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways, but avoid the use of English. Students are expected to use Spanish as the sole vehicle for communication amongst themselves and the teacher. All students at the end of Grade 8 will take the AAPPL assessment in writing and speaking to benchmark their progress in the program thus far. 

     

    Sixth Grade - Spanish (Novice Mid/High)

    In sixth grade, students receive Spanish instruction every day for 42 minutes.  As a reflection of best practice, all lessons are delivered in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways but avoid the use of English. Students are expected to communicate with the teacher and each other in the target language as well. Students who meet expectations in sixth grade can manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. Students can respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask a few formulaic questions. The topics covered in sixth grade include Who am I, How do different communities celebrate achievements and special occasions, where in our lives do we find beauty and how do we respect our world and more. 

     

    Seventh Grade - Spanish (Novice High)

    In seventh grade, students receive Spanish instruction every day for 42 minutes.  As a reflection of best practice, all lessons are delivered in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways, but avoid the use of English. Students are expected to communicate with the teacher and each other in the target language as well. Students who meet expectations in seventh grade can successfully manage a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in different social situations. Conversation is focused on a variety of topics. Students can respond to a variety of questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask questions to satisfy their curiosity. The topics covered in seventh grade include what we eat and where we shop, activities we enjoy, health and daily routine, and many more. 

     

    Eighth Grade - Spanish (Intermediate Low)

    In eighth grade, students receive Spanish instruction every day for 42 minutes.  As a reflection of best practice, all lessons are delivered in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways, but avoid the use of English. Students are expected to communicate with the teacher and each other in the target language as well. Students who meet expectations in eighth grade can manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in different social situations. Conversation is focused on a variety of topics. Students can respond to a variety of questions or requests for information as they combine and recombine different language structures they have learned over the years. At the end of Grade 8 students can speak and write in the present, past and future time frames. They are also able to ask questions to satisfy their curiosity. The topics covered in eighth grade include travel, a unit on literacy skills, our childhood and our future. 

     

     

    French Grades 6 - 8

    Our goal for students is that by the end of Grade 8 they will be speaking and writing at an Intermediate Low proficiency level as defined by ACTFL. This will support their success in achieving the CT. Seal of Biliteracy in high school.  All students at the end of Grade 8 will take the AAPPL assessment in writing and speaking to benchmark their progress in the program thus far. 

      

    French Grade 6 (Novice Low/Mid)

    In sixth grade, students receive French instruction every day for 42 minutes.  All lessons are delivered in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways but avoid the use of English. Students are expected, with support, to communicate with the teacher and each other in the target language as well. Students who meet expectations in sixth grade can manage successfully a number of uncomplicated and structured communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. Students can respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask a few formulaic questions. The topics covered in sixth grade include basic conversation, calendar, numbers, colors, noun/adjective agreement, describing ourselves, likes/dislikes, how to tell time, school and more.


    French Grade 7 (Novice Mid/High)

    In seventh grade, students receive French instruction every day for 42 minutes.  All lessons are delivered in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways but avoid the use of English. Students are expected to communicate with the teacher and each other in the target language as well. Students who meet expectations in seventh grade can manage successfully a number of uncomplicated and structured communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. Students can respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask a few formulaic questions. The topics covered in seventh grade include a variety of different conversation topics, family, the home, our chores, food, and more. 


    French Grade 8 (Intermediate Low)

    In eighth grade, students receive French instruction every day for 42 minutes.  All lessons are delivered in the target language. Teachers support students in different ways but avoid the use of English. Students are expected to communicate with the teacher and each other in the target language as well. Students who meet expectations in sixth grade can manage successfully a number of uncomplicated and structured communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. At the end of Grade 8 students can do this using the present, past and future time frames. Students can respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask a few formulaic questions. The topics covered in eighth grade include weather expressions, clothing, travel, a literacy unit, childhood and the past and future tenses. 



    Chinese/ Mandarin

    The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has created a list of approximately how long it takes and native English Speaker to learn different languages. There are a number of different lists out there, but the FSI has determined that Mandarin is one of the most challenging languages for a native English speaker to learn because it is so different from English. FSI considers Mandarin a Level 5 language along with Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.  For this reason, our expectation for students at the end of Grade 8 is to reach a Novice High rating using the AAPPL assessment, on the writing and speaking portions of the test. 


    Mandarin Grade 6 (Novice Low)

    In sixth grade, students receive Mandarin instruction every day for 42 minutes.  Although lessons are not delivered exclusively in the target language, teachers are gradually moving in that direction. There is a focused effort not to translate for students, but rather to use language in a repetitive way so that students learn what specific words and phrases mean.  Students who meet expectations in sixth grade may be able to exchange greetings, give their identity, and name a number of familiar objects from their immediate environment, given adequate time and familiar cues. Conversations are restricted to a few practiced topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. The topics covered in sixth grade include introduction to chinese characters and pinyin, tones, introducing self, family, school, and more.


    Mandarin Grade 7 (Novice Mid)

    In seventh grade, students receive Mandarin instruction every day for 42 minutes.  Although lessons are still not delivered exclusively in the target language, teachers are gradually moving in that direction with up to 50/60% of class time dedicated to the use of Mandarin only.  Students who meet expectations in sixth grade communicate minimally by using a number of isolated words and memorized phrases. When responding to direct questions, they may say only two or three words at a time or give a memorized answer.  Conversations are restricted to more practiced topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. The topics covered in seventh grade include countries around the world and languages people speak, jobs and professions, food, transportation, and more.


    Mandarin Grade 8 (Novice High)

    In eighth grade, students receive Mandarin instruction every day for 42 minutes.  By the middle of the school year, lessons are delivered exclusively in the target language. Students are expected to respond to familiar questions and situations in mandarin as well.  Students who meet expectations in eighth grade are able to express personal meaning by relying heavily on learned phrases or recombinations of these and what they hear from their teacher. Their language consists primarily of short and sometimes incomplete sentences.  The topics covered in eighth grade include clothing, shopping, weather, and more.



    Latin

    At the end of Grade 8, students are expected to be able to read Latin at an intermediate low level as defined by ACTFL. Students take the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) to monitor their progress. This assessment asks students to read a variety of Latin texts and follows up with different comprehension questions. It is a timed test, assessing a students ability to read and comprehend, not translate.  As a result, our units all include different reading strategies for students to use and implement as early as grade 6. Our program also follows the curriculum put forth by the American Classical League. https://www.nle.org/


    Latin Grade 6 (Novice low/mid)

    In sixth grade, students receive Latin instruction every day for 42 minutes.  Latin teachers teach students how to apply their language skills to support their reading comprehension.  Although Latin is not currently spoken, we do read aloud to support student understanding. Students are taught to write and to translate as well.  By the end of sixth grade, students are able to read a number of highly contextualized words and phrases including derivates and with support can understand material that is familiar to them. The topics covered in sixth grade include an introduction to the latin language, Rome, the Forum, house and family, daily life, the town, and more.


    Latin Grade 7 (Novice Mid/High)

    In seventh grade, students receive Latin instruction every day for 42 minutes.  Latin teachers teach students how to apply their language skills to support their reading comprehension.  Although Latin is not currently spoken, we do read aloud to support student understanding. Students are taught to write and to translate as well.  By the end of seventh grade, readers can understand, fully and with relative ease, key words and derivates, as well as formulaic phrases across a range of highly familiar texts. Where vocabulary has been learned, students can understand predictable language and messages. With support, students can typically derive meaning from short, non-complex texts that convey basic information for which there is contextual or extralinguistic support. The topics covered in seventh grade include slavery, the afterlife, gladiators, roman baths, leisure, school and more.


    Latin Grade 8 (Intermediate Low)

    In eighth grade, students receive Latin instruction every day for 42 minutes.  Latin teachers teach students how to apply their language skills to support their reading comprehension.  Although Latin is not currently spoken, we do read aloud to support student understanding. Students are taught to write and to translate as well.  By the end of eighth grade, readers are able to understand some information from the simplest connected texts dealing with a limited number of familiar topics. The topics covered in eighth grade include Mt.. Vesuvius, life and living, Roman-Britain, and more.