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    World Languages

    • All World Language classes are yearlong electives.

    Spanish (1A) (6th / 7th grader)

    This is a year-long course. Students learn the sounds, grammar and the syntax of the language interactively through conversations, stories and songs. This course undertakes the study of the present tense as well as other basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. This course is taught using a communicative approach, so students often work in groups and pairs as they build language skills and begin to learn about Spanish culture. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people.

    Spanish (1B) (7th / 8th grader)

    This is a year-long course for seventh and eighth grade students who have previously taken Spanish 1A. This course continues building on prior knowledge from Spanish 1A. Study of the past tense is introduced, as well as other basic structures, which allow students to express themselves in more dynamic sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a novice level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: food and cuisine, clothing and fashion, expressions used during travel, daily routine, cultural pastimes, health and fitness, continuation of present tense conjugations, introduction of the past tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs, and reflexive verbs.

    Spanish (2A) (8th grade)

    This is a year-long course for eighth grade students who have taken two years of middle school Spanish. This course continues to build on prior knowledge of Spanish 1A and1B and is equivalent to the second year high school course. Students should expect regular homework as this is a high school level course.

    First year French (1A) (6th / 7th grade)

    This is a year-long introductory course for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. French 1A is considered to be the first semester of high school French 1. This course undertakes the study of the present tense as well as other basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects.

    This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write French at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of French-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: alphabet, colors, greetings, introducing yourself and others, discussing likes and dislikes, describing yourself and other people, hobbies, numbers, telling time, days of the week, seasons, months, weather, food, and present tense conjugations.

    Second year French (1B) (7th / 8th grade)

    This is a year-long course for seventh and eighth grade students. This course continues building on prior knowledge from French 1A and where students left off in their Bon Voyage! textbook. French 1B is considered to be the second semester of high school French 1. The study of the past tense is introduced, as well as other basic structures, which allow students to express themselves in more dynamic sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects.

    This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write French at a novice level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of French-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: food and cuisine, clothing and fashion, travelling via airplane and train, sports, seasons (summer and winter), daily routine, cultural pastimes, health and medicine, seasons, continuation of present tense conjugations, introduction of the past tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs, and reflexive verbs.

    Third year French (2) (8th grade)

    This is a year-long course for eighth grade students who have taken two years of middle school French (French 1A and French 1B are pre-requisites). This course continues building on prior knowledge from French 1A/1B as we continue along with the Bon Voyage! textbook for Level 2. French 2 is equivalent to the high school French 2 and is considered to be a high school course. Students who successfully complete French 2 at JAMS are eligible to receive high school credit for French and can begin the 9th grade in French 3. This course will be at a much quicker pace than that of French 1A/1B and students should expect to receive homework every night.

    The study of the past tense is continued in more detail, as well as other basic structures, which allow students to express themselves in more dynamic and lengthily paragraphs. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write French at an intermediate level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of French-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: leisure activities, health and wellness, technology, travel by train and by car, food preparation and kitchen use, driving on the highway and reading maps, accidents and the emergency room, emotions and manners, professions, and holidays. Grammar topics include: introductions of the imperfect, subjunctive, the conditional, the future tense, interrogative and relative pronouns, continuation of present tense and past tense conjugations of regular, irregular verbs, and reflexive verbs.