7th Grade World Language
Mandarin: 7th graders continue to build their vocabulary and their skills with speaking, listening, reading, and writing alongside the acquisition of cultural knowledge. Students learn and apply new vocabulary related to weather, seasons, temperature, travel, health and sickness, food shopping, Chinese New Year, hobbies, cooking, restaurants, and shopping. Students engage in long-term projects, including a key project that integrates learning Mandarin with hands-on tinkering in the Creativity Lab. Working in pairs, students research and choose a famous attraction in China they would like to visit. They design and build a 3D diorama depicting this location, and they are challenged to include a motorized, moving element in their diorama controlled by programmable arduinos. Examples include fish swimming in a koi pond, a plane taking off from a runway, or ships sailing in and out of a harbor. Students develop a vocabulary primer of the words and phrases a visitor would need to understand to maximize their experience visiting the location. The project culminates in students sharing their projects with visitors on our annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ day in April. Students also engage in a regular cadence of interactive projects, including designing weekend getaways, creating videos and comic strips in which they visit a doctor’s office, hosting a white elephant gift exchange class party, creating and sharing slide presentations on topics related to Chinese New Year, and designing a fast-food store complete with a menu, website, and promotional advertisements. Students continue to employ study habits, including nightly practice of new vocabulary, flashcard rehearsal, and using study guides to prepare for assessments. It is an exciting and highly active year for Mandarin students!
Spanish: 7th grade Spanish is filled with engaging projects and increasing interaction in the target language as students continue to build their skills with speaking, reading, writing, listening, and cultural awareness. Students learn and apply vocabulary and grammar in several areas, including food, beverages, meals, likes and dislikes, frequency of events, hunger, health, community locations, leisure activities, travel, hobbies, emotions, the timing of life events, family members, celebrations, and age. Projects and interactive experiences help students comprehend spoken language, use correct pronunciation, and gain skill and confidence with initiating and sustaining conversations, discussions, and interviews. Students are taught in Spanish and are encouraged and expected to speak in Spanish daily in class. Students continue to advance their grammar skills, studying SER and ESTAR and using regular and irregular verbs and multiple tenses. Highlights include introducing themselves to the class with personal videos, comparing and contrasting Spanish speaking cultures around the world, studying Hispanic Heritage month, healthy eating, daily activities, the World Cup, creating original written compositions, reading full-length novelas, making phone calls, reciprocal teaching of the class, personal speeches, musical instruments, New Year’s resolutions, travel and vacations, and influential Spanish-speaking historical figures.
- 7th Grade