Languages

 

At CSG, we recognize the importance of students' proficiency in other languages and 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, Mandarin, and Latin.

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 start to take Mandarin. 

Spanish, Mandarin, and Latin 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 (listening, reading, speaking and writing) as well as culture, history, and literature. Additional languages, such as French and Italian, may be offered in the Upper School for independent study. To further promote global literacy as a departmental (and school-wide) goal, CSG encourages students to travel and study abroad annually. Recent destinations include Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, 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.

Mandarin Chinese

Forms VII and VIII Class Mandarin

Form VII Mandarin 
In this beginning level class taught in Comprehensible Input method, students will be immersed in lots of Chinese language input via engaging conversations, chants, songs, meaningful videos, interesting soap opera clips and carefully selected short stories and story books. After intensive listening, comprehending, and reading practice, students will naturally acquire the languages they need for speaking, reading and writing. Major topics for this course include: About Myself, Eating and Drinking Beverages, Expressing Desires and Preferences, Discussing Hobbies and Daily Routines. Class activities will be highly interactive and culture is interwoven into the curriculum. Students will also have various opportunities to enhance their learning, such as  connecting with students in China virtually, making Chinese food, doing Chinese calligraphy and brush painting, learning about traditional Chinese music and participating in the Lunar New Year celebration.

 

Form VIII Mandarin 
In this Comprehensible Input method based course, students will continue to get lots of compelling Chinese input via engaging conversations, chants, songs, meaningful videos, interesting soap opera clips and carefully selected stories (sometimes Chinese folk stories) and chapter books. Major topics for this course include: Comparing School Life in China and the US, Visiting Home (Weather and Transportation), Discussing Aesthetics Values, Talking about Heath and Wellness and Shopping. Chinese culture traditions will continue to be honored, such as: connecting with students in China virtually, studying Chinese cuisine, doing Chinese calligraphy and brush painting, learning about traditional Chinese music and participating in the Lunar New Year celebration.