Peering into one of the Middle School World Language classrooms, you will be transported to a different country. You’ll hear conversations, laughter, music, videos, and conversations taking place in French and Spanish, the two languages offered in Middle School. You might see girls using iPads to create a video as they record a clothing commercial in the target language. You might see girls dancing salsa or bachata. You might observe a role play between two girls playing a hotel clerk and a patron as they make a hotel reservation. Real-life applications of language skills, while having a little fun…that is what the World Language Department is all about!
The philosophy of Hathaway Brown’s Middle School World Language team is to inspire girls to love language learning. Intersecting language and culture and providing practical applications of language, we strive for 90% target language usage and focus on proficiency in our writing and speaking. Students begin in the fifth grade and continue through their eighth grade year in their choice of French or Spanish. In these years, they can complete two full levels of high school equivalent courses which can place them in the third level of language once they begin Upper School. No matter which language a girl chooses, she will be well-equipped for the world as a savvy citizen.