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Languages

At CSG, we recognize the importance of teaching our students to be globally literate. To that end, we have made learning a second language part of our core curriculum. The five languages taught at CSG are Spanish, Latin, Mandarin, German, and American Sign Language.

Spanish is integrated into the curriculum beginning in Form I. In Form VI, students begin to receive formal instruction in Spanish related to grammar and vocabulary. After three years of Middle School Spanish, students enter Upper School well prepared to take Spanish II. While Spanish is generally studied by all Form VI students, in Form VII students may elect to either continue to study Spanish or to begin to study Latin.

During their Form VIII year, all students take an introductory quarter class of Mandarin Chinese and German. These quarter classes expose students to other languages in order to provide them with insight into which language or languages they wish to pursue in Upper School.

Mandarin, German, and American Sign Language begin as options in Form IX. In the Upper School, taking three years of a second language is required for graduation, and many students take two languages. Classroom emphasis, in both Middle and Upper School, is on teaching language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) as well as culture, history, and literature. Additional languages, such as French, Italian, and Ancient Greek, may be offered in the Upper School for independent study. To further promote global literacy as a departmental (and school-wide) goal, CSG encourages and supports students to travel and study abroad annually. Recent destinations include Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile, China, Germany, and Italy.

Spanish

Form VI Spanish
In Form VI, students continue to build their communicative competence in Spanish while learning present tense grammar and acquiring new vocabulary. Students practice expressing themselves in both written and spoken Spanish. Class projects and assessments encourage students to develop in all modes of language acquisition including reading, speaking, listening, and writing.

Form VII Spanish
In Form VII, students who choose to continue to study Spanish expand their grammatical knowledge from present tense to the past tense (preterit) verbs. Students continue to acquire new, theme-based vocabulary and expand their ability to communicate about things happening not only in the present but also the past. Class projects and assessments continue to encourage student development in all modes of language acquisition, including reading, speaking, listening, and writing.

Form VIII Spanish
In their last year of Middle School Spanish, Form VIII students review grammatical structures learned in Forms VI and VII pertaining to both regular and irregular present and preterit verbs. Students continue to develop communicative competence through the acquisition of new theme-based vocabulary. Additionally students learn to express themselves by giving commands and describing events occurring in the past using both the preterit and imperfect tense. Class projects and assessments allow students to develop proficiency in all modes of language acquisition, including reading, speaking, listening, and writing.

Latin

Form VII Latin
This course presents the first half of the material from the Latin I course. Formal introduction to the classical language is accomplished through a blend of the reading and grammar approaches using Latin for Americans. We supplement the textbook with Latin readings from 38 Latin Stories, a graded reader in Greek and Roman myth. The course focuses on mastering Latin vocabulary and grammar, especially noun and verb forms, as well as building skills in reading and translation into English. Students are exposed to Roman culture and history through a variety of readings in English. Systematic expansion of English vocabulary occurs through detailed study of Latin stems and modern root derivation.

Form VIII Latin
This course presents the second half of the material from the Latin I course. We continue the formal introduction to the classical language through a blend of the reading and grammar approaches using Latin for Americans. We supplement the textbook with Latin readings from 38 Latin Stories, a graded reader in Greek and Roman myth. The course focuses on mastering Latin vocabulary and grammar, especially noun and verb forms, as well as building skills in reading and translation into English. Students are exposed to Roman culture and history through a variety of readings in English. Systematic expansion of English vocabulary occurs through detailed study of Latin stems and modern root derivation.

Mandarin Chinese

Form VIII Quarter Class Mandarin
In this quarter-long course, students learn to communicate in Mandarin by studying Chinese stories, movies, and popular songs. Topics covered include: greetings, self-introductions, food and drink, numbers, names of animals, and Super-7 verbs. Students also learn about Chinese culture through fun experiences such as cooking Chinese food, practicing Chinese folk arts, celebrating Chinese festivals, drawing and painting Chinese characters, and communicating with students in China.

German

Form VIII Quarter Class German
Form VIII students take one quarter of German which includes learning the phonetic pronunciation of German words and communicating through simple questions such as “Who are you?”, “How are you?”, and “Where are you from?”. They also learn the verbs “haben” (to have) and “sein” (to be), in addition to several other common regular verbs in order to form simple sentences. Students are introduced to the importance of gender (die, der, das) as they learn useful vocabulary and the numbers from 0 – 1000. German culture is an important focus of this class, as is Germany’s history from WWII to the present.

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