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 three languages taught at CSG are Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin.
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 Mandarin.
Mandarin, Latin, and Spanish are 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.
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.
Forms VII and VIII Class Mandarin
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.