Academics

World Languages

World Languages

  • All World Language classes are yearlong electives.

Spanish 1A & B (7th grader / 8th grade)

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 2 A & B (8th grade)

This is a year-long course for eighth grade students who have completed Spanish 1A & B. 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.

French 1A & B (7th grade / 8th grade)

This is a year-long introductory course. 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.

French 2 A & B (8th grade)

This is a year-long course for eighth grade students who have completed French 1A & B. This course continues building on prior knowledge from French 1A/1B as we continue along with theBon Voyage! textbook for Level 2. French 2 is equivalent to the high school French 2 and is considered to be ahigh 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.