Grade 5 World Language

Language, Community, and Culture

The 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 nurture curiosity and joy.

In the fall the fifth grade program focuses on broad questions: What is language? How is language acquired? How does language evolve? Who makes up the rules for language? What constitutes culture? and conduct research on what cultures are represented in our own families and in the broader school community. Students also learn about the history of French and Spanish. Class activities include lively discussions and group activities, slide presentations and video clips. This section is called Celebrating Community and students learn about different cultures by interviewing members of the school community and conducting research with CultureGrams.  

In April, students have an introductory course on French, Spanish, and Latin to prepare them for formal study of a language in middle school. The focus is on listening and speaking skills. Topics include conversational questions and answers about names, ages, emotions, where we live, and what we like. We learn vocabulary for sports, other hobbies, and foods. Students take part actively in class every day. They create short prepared oral presentations and are introduced to basic information about many French and Spanish speaking countries.

Our students will:

  • be able to engage in meaningful discussion about the topics related to the question: what is language?
  • have a basic understanding of how and why language evolves
  • demonstrate a general understanding of the history of English, French, and Spanish
  • grasp how English, French, Spanish, and Latin relate to each other as Indo-European languages
  • demonstrate appreciation for basic Latin vocabulary
  • develop basic communication skills in either French or Spanish
  • practice conversation with the correct pronunciation
  • be posed for success in the sixth to eighth grade language program