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Sixth Grade Language Sampler
Sixth graders take 12 weeks each of Latin, Chinese and Spanish as an introduction to the study of foreign languages and cultures. At the end of the sixth grade year, they will choose one of these languages for continued study.


Introduction to Chinese (6th Grade) is a 12-week course in Chinese language and culture. Students are introduced to Chinese geography, history, and cultural heritage, as well as elementary language. Games, art handcraft work, cooking food, Chinese painting, and calligraphy will integrate language elements with cultural themes.

Chinese I students learn pronunciation patterns, tones, and basic grammatical structures. While the focus of the class is primarily on oral proficiency, with students learning phrases and conversational Chinese, students will also learn to read, write, and type basic Chinese characters. At the end of this course, students will have acquired the ability to ask and answer questions and conduct meaningful conversations in Chinese. Units on Chinese history and culture will complement the language portion of the course.

Introduction to Latin (6th Grade) is a 12-week survey course for beginning foreign language learners. The textbook, Minimus, is geared for this type of course and age of learner. Minimus follows the adventures of a mouse in Roman Britain. Basic linguistic principles are introduced with a focus on recognizing Latin vocabulary as the origin for most English words and learning how Roman culture has been a constant throughout Western History.

Latin I students follow Unit One of the Cambridge Latin Course (CLC), a reading-intensive approach that prefers visual and intuitive senses to understand language rather than the traditional memorization of paradigms. Each chapter introduces one or two linguistic concepts, just like traditional texts, but the CLC more fully integrates an interesting and continuous story line for subsequent chapters that educates students also in the fascinating cultural background of Roman affairs in the ancient Mediterranean world. Unit One is set in Pompeii and follows the family of Lucius Caecilius Iucundus, an historical character whose family actually lived in Pompeii before Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. Students also focus on a “Checklist Vocabulary” for each chapter, recognizing a core set of words that will set them at a great advantage in English classes, the SAT, and everyday life.

Introduction to Spanish (6th Grade) is a 12-week course introducing students to the richness of the Spanish language and the diversity of cultures that can be found in the countries where Spanish is spoken. Students learn basic vocabulary and introductory grammar through songs, games, and the use of simple sentences. Students will work to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing correct Spanish.

Spanish I is an introduction to Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Students learn grammar and vocabulary and develop their speaking and listening skills. They construct, practice, and present simple dialogues and essays

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