WORLD LANGUAGE (FRENCH, JAPANESE, SPANISH, HERITAGE SPANISH) - In the sixth and seventh grade, World Language classes meet every other day for a full year. Students learn to talk about themselves, their friends and their families. Also, they learn to discuss likes and dislikes, the months, telling time, and about different cultures. Once language learning has begun in the 6th grade, that same language is continued until the end of 8th grade. Changes are possible only during the first two weeks of school in 6th grade, because of the fast pace of instruction. Changes are not made after that except in extraordinary circumstances, for example, adapting a schedule for remedial instruction in reading or math.
Heritage Spanish is offered to students who already speak the Spanish language and wish to perfect their Spanish reading and writing skills. Students will study the language through the lens of literature, music and art.
Students who study Japanese will learn the 46 letters of the Hiragana alphabet, the Katakana alphabet, and some Chinese characters. Topics studied include self-introduction, classroom expressions and nouns, family terms, and everyday expressions. The three years of study may culminate in a home stay study tour in Japan.