Grade 7 World Language

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 French and Spanish programs provide the students with a strong grounding in cultural appreciation and the structure of language.  Students choose to learn either language in the spring of the fifth grade and continue their learning through the remainder of the middle school. Students use the textbook series Discovering French or Avancemos. They also learn through the use of skits, conversations, video, art projects, partner and small group work, games, and online activities. Activities in class may be practiced or improvisational and may include serious investigation of current events, practical experience of ordering at a restaurant, or a comical vignette of participating in a parent/teacher conference. The curriculum prepares students to take French II or Spanish II in high school. Every other year we have a three-day optional trip during April vacation, with French students going to Québec and Spanish students traveling to Puerto Rico.

Our seventh grade students will:

  • learn new vocabulary, often taught in thematic units
  • expand grammar concepts including sentence structure, parts of speech, and conjugations
  • practice conversation with confidence and correct grammar and pronunciation
  • write with increasingly expanded vocabulary, complexity, and grammatical facility
  • learn effective language study skills
  • 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