World Languages

 

Middle School Spanish teacher pointing at students while students write on whiteboards

Teaching languages at an early age helps children improve their higher thinking skills, and learning about other cultures helps children learn responsible citizenship. They develop insight into the nature of language and culture so that they can participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Mandarin language projected on to whiteboard with teacher pointing at words

Westside School follows the national standards documented for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century. Our foreign language curriculum follows the Five C’s of Foreign Language Learning: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Both Mandarin and Spanish are taught in kindergarten through fourth grade. Students learn to understand the culture, to write and understand what they mean, and to speak the language. They sing songs, read simple stories, play games and more.

In Middle School, students decide which language they want to concentrate in and take World Language as a core academic course.

Three students holding a bag of mushrooms in a store in Chinatown