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.
The Middle School Spanish curriculum is informed by the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, which is based on Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.” Through investigation, understanding and interaction, students will be able to use and enhance their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. A variety of interactive activities (media, songs, games, stories, celebrations, cooking, etc.) will help build competency in each of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Another key component is assessment through project based learning. These projects will allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the Spanish language concepts taught, as well as the cultural concepts, in a modality that is appropriate for their unique learning style.
Spanish Foundation is a communicative beginning-level Spanish course for students with little to no previous background in Spanish. The students will begin to acquire introductory Spanish skills. The focus of this level is to give the students a solid foundation of Spanish skills with an emphasis on communication in addition to comprehension, reading and writing. The students will also be exposed to elements of Spanish culture and civilization.
Spanish 1A is a course designed for students with little to no previous background in Spanish, which aims to help students reach the Novice mid to Novice high Spanish proficiency levels, in order to continue to develop the skills needed in studying a second language. The students will be exposed to Spanish culture and civilization as well as be introduced to advanced Spanish language skills with an emphasis on communication in addition to comprehension, reading and writing.
Spanish 1B is designed for students with previous basic background in Spanish. The students will acquire intermediate low Spanish skills in order to continue to develop the skills needed in studying a second language. Students will continue to develop their Spanish proficiency through extensive interaction in the target language and a deeper knowledge of the culture of Spanish speaking countries.