In this increasingly global society, knowledge of world languages is an essential skill for tomorrow's leaders. Fluency in world languages and familiarity with foreign cultures enable students to think beyond their own experience and learn how to love their neighbors. The profound difference of perspective that is encountered in the study of another language not only helps students to know and appreciate others better, but also teaches them about the ways and achievements of their own culture
At Boston Trinity Academy we believe that the study of a world language:
1. Develops students' abilities to speak, write, read, and comprehend an unfamiliar language, working toward fluency
2. Widens students' understanding of the grammar, vocabulary, and idioms of a foreign language
3. Widens students' understanding of the great works of literature when read as they were originally written
Boston Trinity Academy also encourages travel abroad programs to further an in-depth appreciation of different cultures and develop students’ fluency.
Middle School World Language Courses
Middle school students complete a two year program of French or Spanish. Successful completion of this program allows students to enter into upper school French II or Spanish II.
In this course, middle school students will learn the basic elements of communication required for understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. Students will learn to construct and understand simple questions and answers. Students will learn to give and understand simple descriptions of people and things and simple explanations as to why something is done. Likewise, students will narrate events in the present and future and begin to narrate events in the past.
- Short Fables: Students read and discuss short traditional French fables.
- French Play Project: Students read, learn, rehearse, and present a short French play.
Middle school students will continue to learn the basic elements of communication in this French course. Students will review pronunciation and simple question asking and answer techniques. Students will learn to give and understand simple descriptions of people and things and simple explanations as to why something is being done using the present tense. Additionally, students will learn the use of pronouns and how to say to whom objects belong. Students will also narrate events in the present and the past and talk about future plans. Students will begin reading and discussing selections relating to French and francophone literature, culture, and history.
- French Skits: Students will create, write and perform skits in front of the class.
- Comic Strip Project: Students will work in pairs to create original comic strips using the
grammar and vocabulary they are learning.
In this course, middle school students will form foundational skills for the comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of the Spanish Language and will be introduced to important elements of Spanish and Latin American culture. Beginning with simple greetings and introductions, students will progress through vocabulary related to daily life and learn to use increasingly complex grammatical structures to express themselves in day to day conversation and writing. Upon completion of Spanish I-A, students will have mastered narration in the present tense and will have read several short stories entirely in Spanish. Finally, students will begin to narrate events in the simple past tense.
In Spanish I-B middle school students will continue to learn the basic elements of communication in Spanish and will study important cultural aspects relating to family life and community. They will review the present tense and build their knowledge and mastery of the past tense. They will continue to progress through vocabulary relevant to daily activities and will use complex grammar to summarize personal experiences, give basic descriptions, and navigate common social situations. Finally, students will read several short stories and watch a short film entirely in Spanish.
In this course, students will learn the basic elements of communication in French required for speaking, oral comprehension, reading, and writing. They will learn to construct simple questions and answers. They will learn to give and understand simple descriptions of people and things and simple explanations about why something is done. Likewise, they will narrate events in the past, present, and future. They will also learn to make more concise phrases through the use of pronouns. Students will expand their knowledge of the world through the reading and discussion of fables from France and French-speaking Africa as well as through watching several short and one long film.
- Haiku Project: Students write and present haiku.
- Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques: Students read selections of the comic book and watch
In this continuation of French I, students will practice understanding and making extended conversations using complex sentences and appropriate pronouns. They will practice understanding and constructing extended narrations of past, present, and future events as well as learn to give orders and discuss hypothetical situations. Students will read one volume of Le Petit Nicolas and continue to watch short and long films.
- Short-Story Project: Students write stories of a memorable event from their lives and share with their classmates.
- Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis: Students watch this film in French to explore issues of culture shock and cultural adaptation.
In this course, students will solidify the skills necessary for mastery of the French language: Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening. Students will practice extended conversation using complex sentences and appropriate pronouns. They will draw more complex comparisons of people, things, and actions than in French II. Students will practice extended narration of past, present, and future events and corresponding conditions while also continuing to practice expressing emotions, wishes, and hypotheses in complex sentences. Students will learn to construct longer written pieces, as they read selections relating to French and francophone culture and history, as well as Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince.
- French Song Project: Students research and present a French-language song to the class.
- Le Petit Prince Chapter Project: Students write their own chapter, in keeping with the style
and tone of the novel
In French IV, students will continue to develop fluency in the skills necessary for mastery of the French language: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. They will build on skills developed in French I-III in order to gain more fluency of speech and a mastery of written French while continuing to learn about French and francophone culture and read and analyze French literature. Students will also learn to construct longer analysis papers. Literature read includes Sartre's Huis clos, Goscinny's Astérix chez les Bretons, and Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
- Fable Project: Students create, write and perform their own animal fable in the style of Jean de la Fontaine.
- Astérix chez les Bretons Adaptation: Students create an adaptation of the French comic book, imagining it taking place in the United States.
- Student-led Discussion: Students take turns leading class discussion and activities on a variety of topics, from French culture and history to popular culture and contemporary issues
In this course, upper school students will form foundational skills for the comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of the Spanish Language and will be introduced to important elements of Spanish and Latin American cultures. Beginning with simple greetings and introductions, students will progress through vocabulary related to daily life and learn to use increasingly complex grammatical structures to express themselves in day to day conversation and writing. Upon completion of Spanish I, students will have mastered both the simple present and simple past tenses and will have read several short stories entirely in Spanish.
By the end of Spanish II, students will learn all tenses in the Spanish language. With the vocabulary from this course, students will be able to summarize their past life experiences and narrate in the future. Students will also be able to describe and state their desires and wishes. To complement this course, students will engage with Spanish advertisements, read short stories in Spanish, watch a film about the Civil War in Spain, and participate in conversation on themes related to these materials. In addition, students will also memorize several Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer.
This is an intermediate course in which students work on developing and refining their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The course begins with a review of the present tense and its main forms and verbs and progresses with a review of the past tenses, subjunctive mood and its uses, as well as the future, conditional, and perfect tenses. Students will conduct a more in-depth analysis of grammar than in Spanish II and will discuss cultural themes, such as personal relationships, immigration, and adaptation to new cultures. Students will also explore and discuss culture through watching films and reading a short novel, La Casa en Mango Street.
In Spanish IV students will work to increase their fluency in the four areas of Spanish Language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. To that end, students will engage with authentic radio broadcasts, several Latin American films, and two works of Latin American literature, Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia and En el tiempo de las mariposas. They will be expected to discuss social and cultural issues relevant to the Hispanic community both at home and abroad and create longer essays and projects researching and analyzing the works and countries they are studying. Finally, students will do an in-depth review of Spanish grammar and apply it to writing short essays focusing on description, summary, and personal and complex narration.