World Language Learning Curriculum Overview

Interactive lessons and authentic cultural materials engage students in their language learning.

Middlebury Interactive courses are designed to be learner-centric and provide students with a comprehensive 21st-Century world language education. All levels integrate The Five C's—communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities at varying degrees of immersion while leveraging interactive exercises, tasks and practices. Courses are developed at grade level with age-appropriate topics and engaging themes specifically designed for K-12 learners.

Elementary School World Language Courses for Grades K-2

K-2 elementary courses provide a fun, interactive experience for learners' first introduction to language learning. The curriculum is organized thematically and uses authentic literature, fables, myths and legends to develop vocabulary and cultural understanding. Stories, games and songs motivate students to explore meanings and express themselves through simple words and phrases.

Elementary School World Language Courses for Grades 3-5

Elementary courses build a language foundation for elementary students with an introduction to basic expressions, words and phrases. Courses build awareness and appreciation for languages and cultures. Students' primary focus is on listening and speaking, with exposure to reading and writing accompanied by opportunities to practice in familiar settings.

Middle School World Language Courses for
Grades 6-8
 / High School World Language Courses for Grades 9-12

Courses are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture through explicit instruction and guided, self-paced learning. Opportunities to apply language in common situations along with interactive exercises reinforce skills in differing contexts.

High School Fluency and AP* World Language Courses for Grades 9-12

Fluency courses are based on immersion methodology–application of language skills is practiced through observation and intuition within a context, task-based activity or real life theme. Proficiency is developed through media-rich activities and videos. Authentic content allows students to negotiate pathways for meaning, express spontaneous thoughts, build metacognitive skills and acquire a deeper understanding of other cultures.

Advanced Placement® courses allow students to expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. Based on the six themes required by the College Board, courses are comparable to third-year university and college levels.

World Language Courses Chart