Curriculum Director

Marie Penner-Hahn - (617) - 993-5955

Incoming Grade 6 World Language Preference Selection

In grade six, students take a world language course that meets every day for two terms. They continue studying the same language in grades seven and eight. Therefore, the preference your student selects now is a three-year commitment to the same world language.

All languages are taught at the beginner level, so students who speak one of these languages at home should select a different language preference to study at Chenery. Heritage speakers will have the opportunity to study their heritage language at a more advanced level at Belmont High School.

It is important to note, and for you to consider when making your language preference selection, that we will make every effort to place students in their first preference of a language. However, due to various scheduling factors, we sometimes have to place students in their second preference of a language. Please be sure your student is comfortable with both the first and second preference that they indicate.

A Few Things to Note:
  • Even if you are not coming back to CMS next year there is a question for you to answer. Every student should fill out the form.
  • You will confirm your World Language selection on the official Google form through THIS LINK 
  • In order to avoid multiple responses for a student, each student must use their Google - “belmontschools.net” account (preferably on their home computer) to access the Google form. This is the only way to confirm and complete the World Language course selection. Parents and children should work together to enter their selection when they are available to log into their Google - “belmontschools.net” account.  If you are having difficulty with signing in, please watch this video demonstrating how you are to log into your child’s belmontschools.net google account.
  • Deadline for 2022-2023 school year selection is Friday, March 25th

World Languages

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.

Curriculum Director: Marie Penner-Hahn - (617) - 993-5955

Lower School

Grade 6

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
  • Latin

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.

Upper School 

In grade 7 and 8, foreign language is a major subject, and students receive instruction every day. The goal of the middle school foreign language program is the mastery of the Novice stage of language learning in order to prepare the students to successfully continue their language study at the Intermediate level at the high school. Students have the option of continuing with the same language or selecting a new language for the 9th grade.

Grade 7

  • Chinese, French and Spanish
  • Latin

The goal of these courses is to continue building on the foundation established in grade 6 in order to attain a higher level of communicative and cultural proficiency. The focus is on communication: using all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to participate in meaningful exchanges of information in a variety of communicative modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Grammar and vocabulary are taught as a means to accomplish that communication successfully. Students demonstrate their mastery of specific skills through a variety of means such as quizzes, tests, role-plays, presentations, interpersonal conversations, writing samples, and more. The study of the target culture is integrated throughout the curriculum. Linguistic and cultural comparisons provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their own language and culture. As students’ skills in the target language build, there are increased opportunities to make connections with other disciplines as well as to participate in communities of native speakers.

In this course, students continue to develop reading and interpreting skills they began to acquire in 6th Grade Latin. The textbooks for this course enable the students to learn new vocabulary and grammar through a reading based curriculum. Each chapter builds on previously learned material, and so the students always have the opportunity to hone their skills and improve their understanding of the Latin language. Throughout the year students are assessed on their ability to read Latin texts and understand grammar concepts. Students demonstrate their mastery of specific skills through quizzes, tests, translations and written compositions. In addition to learning grammar and syntax, students study the culture and history of the Roman people, centering on the Roman religion, government, and Pompeii. These culture units enable the students to begin to understand who the Roman people were, what their accomplishments were, how they influenced modern cultures and why it is so important to study their language.

Grade 8

  • Chinese, French and Spanish
  • Latin

These courses build on the skills and communicative goals from the previous years of study. Students are expected to integrate more grammar structures, verb tenses, and vocabulary units as the complexity and length of discourse increases. As in grade 7, students are asked to demonstrate what they know and can do with the language through a variety of achievement and performance assessment tasks.

In this course students continue to develop the reading and interpreting skills they learned in 6th and 7th Grade. Through their continued use of the textbook series, the students learn new vocabulary words and grammar forms. As in 7th Grade, student understanding is assessed through quizzes, tests, translations and written compositions. 8th Graders also continue to study the culture and history of the Roman people, centering on the city of Rome, the Roman emperors, and the Roman army. By the end of the three years of study, 8th Graders have a solid understanding of who the Romans were, why they were an important group in history and why a person would and should study the Latin language.