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Middlebury K-2 courses provide a fun, interactive language and culture experience for young learners' very first exposure to language learning. The curriculum is organized thematically and uses authentic literature, fables, myths and legends for vocabulary development and cultural understanding. Stories, games and songs provides for an enjoyable, low stress learning environment where students can explore meanings and begin to express themselves through simple words and phrases.
Exposure courses and curriculum build a solid language foundation for elementary school students. The program provides learners with an introduction to basic expressions, words and phrases. The courses also build awareness and appreciation of different languages and cultures. Students’ primary focus is on listening and speaking, with exposure to reading and writing accompanied by opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in familiar settings.
Competency 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, guided learning and adaptive pacing. Opportunities to apply language in common situations along with highly interactive activities are designed to reinforce skills in differing contexts and build foundational language knowledge. The use of authentic materials helps build student confidence and comfort in the target language. A full year of Competency courses consists of 18 units at the middle school level and 36 units at the high schools level, with five lessons in each unit.
Fluency courses are based on Middlebury College's immersion methodology. Application of language skills is practiced through observation and intuition within a context, task-based activities and real-life themes. Students develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through media-rich activities and videos shot on location across the globe—this authentic content allows students to negotiate pathways for meaning. Intended outcomes include ability to express spontaneous thoughts and ideas in language, build metacognitive skills and acquire a deeper understanding of other cultures. Fluency courses are structured to allow for a customizable learning experience that can meet the needs for a fully online, blended or traditional classroom implementation.
|Spanish||1||1 & 2||1 & 2||I & II||I, II & III||AP*|
|French||1 & 2||1 & 2||I & II||I, II & III||AP*|
|Chinese||1||1 & 2||I & II||I & II|
|German||1 & 2||1 & 2||I & II|
|Latin||1||1 & 2||I & II|
*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.