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Modern Languages

The study of modern world languages provides students with the skills needed to communicate in an increasingly multicultural and global environment. Students not only learn to appreciate and to respect the common elements and differences of various societies and cultures, but they also learn to understand and value their own cultures. Although the graduation requirement is the completion of the third-year course, students are encouraged to continue studying the same language to the highest level possible. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are an option for qualified students.

Requirements

Advanced Placement sections are offered to qualified students in Classes 9 through 12. Placement in an Advanced Placement section requires special permission. Only those students who have demonstrated commitment to excellence in modern languages will be allowed to participate in the AP program. In order to be qualified for an AP course, a student must have earned a year-end grade of A- or higher for the prerequisite, and must have permission of the Head of the Upper School.

Spanish

The goals of the Spanish curriculum are to introduce students to the Spanish language, culture, and literature and to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities at each level. Completing various activities that use all four skills, participating in formal and informal assessments, and using multimedia resources, students develop their facility with the language. They acquire the communicative competence to understand the main ideas in conversation on a variety of topics, recognize important ideas and details in reading, and write effective paragraphs and short essays. Students have the opportunity to study the language for four years and to prepare for the AP exam.  

French

The goals of the French curriculum are to introduce students to the French language, culture, and literature and to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities at each level. Completing various activities that use all four skills, participating in formal and informal assessments, and using multimedia resources, students develop their facility with the language. They acquire the communicative competence to understand the main ideas in conversation on a variety of topics, recognize important ideas and details in reading, and write effective paragraphs and short essays. Students have the opportunity to study the language for four years and to prepare for the AP exam. 

 

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