Grade 6 World Language

The sixth grade world language program offers the opportunity to either continue the study of French or begin the study of Spanish, after a short introduction in the previous year. The middle school world language program develops general language skills, intellectual discipline, and the vocabulary, grammar, and basics that allow students to continue language studies at an advanced level in high school. We support the development of our students as citizens in the diverse community of Belmont Day and in the world. Exposure to broad cultural experiences nurtures curiosity and joy.

The sixth grade French and Spanish programs are taught three times a week (with the teacher rarely using English). Students use the textbook series Discovering French or Avancemos. The students work in small groups, play language based games, participate in video work, create art projects, read poetry, and utilize multimedia to develop verbal and written fluency.

Sixth grade students will:

  • develop and practice basic communication skills: listening, speaking, writing, and reading
  • learn vocabulary and basic grammar concepts
  • practice conversation and correct pronunciation
  • learn language study skills, such as note taking, vocabulary acquisition, and language textbook use
  • develop curiosity about and understanding of French- or Spanish-speaking cultures

During the sixth through eighth grade program, topics of study may include:

  • family
  • food
  • weather
  • likes/dislikes
  • geography
  • descriptions
  • hobbies and sports
  • clothing
  • travel
  • cars
  • poetry
  • house
  • towns
  • weekend and vacation activities

During the sixth through eighth grade program, the development of grammar includes:​

  • sentence structure
  • verb conjugation
  • adverbs and adjectives
  • pronouns (subject, object, reflexive)
  • prepositions
  • questions
  • negation
  • present, past, and future tense