World Languages

Spanish

Spanish begins in Kindergarten with songs, games and stories and continues through the grades covering the alphabet, vocabulary, conversational speaking, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, written language and an experience of literature. In addition, many cultures are studied in the context of the Spanish language program.

In the high school Spanish program, there are two classes: the upper level for grades 11 and 12, and the lower level for grades 9 and 10. The classes meet five days a week. Students focus on advancing their vocabulary and grammatical understanding, including learning various tenses of conjugation of regular and irregular verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns, compound sentences and complex dialogues, and reading aloud in Spanish. Autumn reading focuses on classic Spanish literature and Spring reading includes works by contemporary authors. Students prepare in-depth reports on various Spanish-speaking countries while they question what they as individuals can do to help with different crises faced by Latino cultures, including poverty, deforestation, immigration, and slavery.

Russian

hugchildboysmileThe Russian program focuses on developing a working knowledge of grammar and situational vocabulary so that students may interact in a range of study, travel, and life scenarios.