We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn to communicate in a new language. Through a well-articulated, engaging program, we will guide students to increasing levels of proficiency, cultural awareness, and a passion for lifelong language learning. By making connections with other disciplines and through cross-cultural comparisons and the use of authentic materials, students will acquire the fundamental skills to succeed in a global community.
There are four languages offered to students at the Chenery: Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish. Before the end of grade 5, students will select one of the languages to study for grades 6, 7, and 8. In grade 6 students receive foreign language instruction in the foreign language classroom every day for 1 semester. Students have reading class in the semester when they are not studying foreign language.
- Chinese, French and Spanish
In these courses, students begin the language learning process with emphasis on speaking and listening in the target language. The skills of writing and reading are also taught while concentrating on thematic units and specific communicative functions within those units. Students of Chinese also learn about pinyin, the pronunciation system of Chinese, and Chinese character writing. The study of the target culture is an important part of the grade 6 program, and students are encouraged to make linguistic and cultural comparisons with their own language and culture. Whenever possible, connections are made with other curricular areas. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through both traditional means of assessment and performance assessment, such as role-plays, dialogues, or short writing samples. The course is taught using a variety of authentic language resources, such as articles and readings and audio and video resources, as well as teacher-generated materials.
In this course, students begin studying the Latin language with the introduction of vocabulary, grammatical structures, word order, and verb tenses. Students also begin to learn about Roman culture through the study of myths, leaders, family life, and ruins. The course is taught using a variety of video and audio resources, teacher-generated materials, and a textbook.