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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Spanish

Spanish 6

Sixth grade Spanish is a fun, interactive class that introduces students to a wide variety of vocabulary and topics to expand their active speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency; The 4 key areas to foreign language study. Music, TPR, dancing, and a wide variety of listening and reading activities are used to reinforce the vocabulary and communication in the target language. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme with a grammar concept. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the foreign language concepts presented in each unit. Students are exposed to different customs and traditions that permeate the Spanish speaking world, and learn to appreciate their differences. Video clips, songs, games, and interactive websites are used to further the students’ understanding and interest in the language and culture.

Spanish 7

Seventh grade Spanish is a fun, interactive class designed to build on the vocabulary, grammar concepts, and communication skills learned in sixth grade Spanish. Students will continue to broaden and improve their vocabulary, grammar base, and communication skills through aural/oral, written, and reading practice by using music, poems, short stories, movement and a wide variety of reading and listening activities. They will continue to examine and understand the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. An ability to communicate in another language fosters an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences and an understanding of one’s place in the world.

Spanish 8

Eighth grade Spanish is a fun, interactive course filled with diverse, multimedia language activities focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.   This class will dive deep into conversational Spanish focusing on overall communication. Students will be actively engaging in listening comprehension, reading, cultural presentations, and interactive activities that practice grammar and reinforce vocabulary. Students will set long-term goals for incorporating Spanish into their daily lives. Main topics of study will include 7 different Spanish speaking countries, traveling, verbs, adjectives, activities/sports, telling time, locations, holidays, commands and expressions, and likes and dislikes.


Mandarin

Mandarin 6

Based off their 6 years (K-5) of Mandarin learning, the students will improve their Mandarin language comprehension and communication by reading, listening, typing, and writing the language. They will begin reading short passages and stories and carry on casual conversation with the help of pinyin. Listening comprehension will be emphasized to prepare them for communication purposes. Each student will write their own story book based on learned vocabulary.  Chinese cultural knowledge such as traditional holidays, Chinese customs, cultural comparisons and hands-on cultural projects will be designed and implemented throughout the school year. This goal of this course is prepare students to transition to more advanced 7th and 8th grade Mandarin curriculum that will help them better understand one of the most ancient civilizations in the world.

Mandarin 7

With many fun games and interactive activities, Mandarin 7 is designed to help students improve their vocabulary memories, use more complex grammatical structures and sentences patterns to communicate on familiar topics. Students can demonstrate confidence and fluency on speaking Chinese language in skits, live video chatting with Chinese student friends in China, and communicate with them in Mandarin through emails and video projects. A simple Chinese magazine or newspaper will be started by Mandarin 7 to introduce what is happening at Terra Verde periodically. Through the exchange activities, students will gain more Chinese cultural knowledge and acquire preliminary cross-cultural awareness and international perspectives.

The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The YCT2 or YCT3 Test should be taken by each student by the end of this school year.

Mandarin 8

Mandarin 8 will continue to develop student’s literacy and communicative competence through expanding vocabulary and grammar structures. We will also incorporate fun games as we learn. Students are guided to express themselves on complex issues and to connect their Mandarin speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with real life experiences. Presentation and speeches will be practiced in Mandarin. Cultural exchange programs with Chinese middle school peers are continuing. Our goal is to reach Chinese Proficiency Test YCT Level 4 by the end of Mandarin 8.