MODERN LANGUAGES

Philosophy

The Browning School modern language program begins in Grade Three. Grade Three students take either French or Spanish and continue that language throughout their time in the Lower School. The program introduces students to practical vocabulary and the distinctive cultures of the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Emphasis is placed on fostering students’ comfort speaking and listening to a language other than their own, which is achieved through a deliberate program of language immersion.

FRENCH AND SPANISH

Grades Three and Four
Modern Language in Grades Three and Four focuses on the acquisition through immersion of practical vocabulary and encourages students to develop listening and basic conversational skills. Students learn how to count, express the time and date, use basic present-tense verbs and ask simple questions. The vocabulary and grammatical work is punctuated by lessons on the culture of the French or Spanish-speaking world.