World Language study begins in grade 7 at the Galvin Middle School.
In the spring of grade 6, students have the opportunity to choose whether they will study French or Spanish during 7th and 8th grade, following a two-year sequence. Our language classes are conducted in the target languag least 90% of the time. Teachers use a combination of visuals, auditory cues, and kinesthetic activities to make language learning comprehensible and fun for the students.
In accordance with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks our classes are focused on Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities. Emphasis is placed on the three modes of Communication: interpretive (listening and reading), interpersonal (speaking and writing, and presentational (speaking and writing) as well as on intercultural communication (investigate and interact). Students maintain language portfolios and develop goals to chart their progress of what they CAN-DO in the language. As they design personalized goals and chart their progress in the course, students become invested in their learning. Most importantly, they become responsible, independent learners who can communicate effectively as global citizens.
Each March our department celebrates language and culture in our annual World Language Week. The theme of the week is Galvin Goes Global. We offer an international lunch menu and students have the opportunity to participate in the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) state-wide poster, video, and essay contests. The week-long celebration also features guest speakers, trivia contests, games, cooking, and international music. It is a week that our entire department and our students look forward to and enjoy! If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker, please feel free to contact your child's teacher.
If you have any questions during the year about our programming, your child's progress, and/or the course selection/recommendation process, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher.
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