Middle School

World Languages

The World Language Department of the Ellis School is committed to following the national standards for world language learning as applied to the teaching of French, Latin, and Spanish. Students learn to communicate by understanding and interpreting written and spoken language and by expressing themselves in a variety of ways. Students further their knowledge of other disciplines and develop insight into the nature of language in general. They demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the culture studied and their own.

By gaining knowledge and understanding of other cultures, students are able to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

World Languages Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Spanish

    Required Course | Grade 5

    This course serves to further develop the listening and speaking skills students acquired in Lower School and adds reading and writing to their world language learning experience. Emphasis continues to be placed on listening comprehension, oral communication, and cumulative retention of vocabulary and simple grammar structures throughout the year. Cultural differences and similarities between spanish speaking countries and the United States are identified and discussed as they relate to each unit.
  • French

    Language Choice | Grades 6-8

    French develops the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at a basic level in a student-centered learning environment and with a communicative approach. Basic vocabulary is presented in context; elementary grammar is explored and practiced in a functional way. The study of French is also used as a means of examining and appreciating language in general, as well as cultural similarities and differences. The three-year program covers all of Upper School Level I and part of Level II.
  • Latin

    Language Choice | Grades 6-8

    Latin introduces students to basic Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary within a context of simple, easily understood and interesting passages. This course prepares students for the reading of authentic Latin. There is a special emphasis on providing insight into life in the early Roman Empire. Continual attention is given to etymologies and the transfer of Latin vocabulary and grammar to English and incidentally Romance languages. The three-year program covers all of Upper School Level I and part of Level II.
  • Spanish

    Language Choice | Grades 6-8

    Spanish develops the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at a basic level in a student centered learning environment and with a communicative approach. Basic vocabulary is presented in context; elementary grammar is studied and practiced in a functional way, and various regions of the Spanish speaking world are explored. The study of Spanish is also used as a means of examining and appreciating language in general, as well as cultural similarities and differences. The three-year program covers all of Upper School Level I and part of Level II.
  • Upper School World Language Courses

    Students demonstrating proficiency in French, Latin, or Spanish above Level 1, may enroll in an Upper School course for levels 2 and higher, with permission of faculty.