Educating students in a new language provides those students with a platform for success in our global society. Concordia's middle school provides its students with an opportunity to learn a new language or to continue to master a second or third.
Each student is assessed to ensure placement in a class that is appropriately challenging. Our foreign language faculty works to emphasize the connection between language and culture. From visiting experts to local class trips, Concordia students are fully engaged in foreign language learning.
Mandarin as a Foreign Language is offered to students with limited or no formal Mandarin learning. These classes focus on listening and speaking, recognizing Chinese characters, some character strokes, Pinyin, reading and writing simple sentences, and developing an awareness and understanding of Chinese culture.
Heritage Mandarin classes are for students with a Chinese heritage or those who have had previous formal Mandarin learning experiences. These classes focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking and developing an appreciation of Chinese culture. Through the study of poems, fables, stories and other literature, students increase their Mandarin speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Spanish 1 is for students with little to no previous background in Spanish. The curriculum is informed by the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, which is based on “communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, communities.” Through reading, writing, speaking, listening and interacting with local Spanish speaking communities, students create a foundational framework for continued language acquisition.