Languages


Japanese, French, Spanish, and English Language Acquisition

The grades 6-8 YIS language acquisition courses emphasizes the use of language as a means of practical oral, visual, and written communication. We also promote additional languages as a path towards insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where the languages are spoken. We hope to foster curiosity, lifelong interest and enjoyment in language learning while developing a sense of intercultural awareness and international-mindedness through a study of multiple languages. For information about our native-level Japanese classes, please see Language and Literature.

Specific multiliteracy skills are developed using a range of learning tools in various modes of communication. Language acquisition courses help students understand the nature of language and the process of language learning. Students are placed in one of six phases according to their current level of language learning.

Skills

The four primary language skills, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed in an integrated way. The balance between these language skills is adapted to the needs of the students and the level. Competence in each of the primary skills involves an understanding of three interrelated areas: language, cultural interaction, and message.

Assessment

Students in Grades 6 – 8 are assessed against the Middle Years Programme Language criteria:

A) Comprehending spoken and visual text

B) Comprehending written and visual text

C) Communicating in response to spoken, written and visual text

D) Using language in spoken and written form

Assessment tasks may include the following: writing, reading or listening tests, oral presentations or interviews, reading and writing tasks.

Courses Descriptions

French

French 6 (Phase 1)

This introductory beginners’ course is appropriate for students with either no background or limited experience in French. Although, the emphasis is placed on the development of communicative skills through oral practice and activities, the four language skills will be developed around the main themes of introductions, everyday activities, personal and school life. Students will learn the basic structures of French grammar. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to express themselves in very simple phrases and statements, and answer questions in a familiar range of everyday situations and other interpersonal contexts.

French 7 (Phase 1 & 2)

This course is the continuation of the beginners' course to consolidate basic French skills. Students with limited experience with the language are still accepted, but will need to catch up, as the course builds on language and contexts covered in the introductory course. This course places emphasis upon communicative competence in a limited range of everyday or relevant situations around themes such as leisure time, food and meals, shopping for clothes and accessories, home and household chores, places in the city and transportation, and holiday-making. Functional expressions, vocabulary and grammar are integrated into the program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate with native speakers on a variety of everyday situations.

French 8 (Phase 2)

This intermediate course is appropriate for students who are emergent communicators. Students should be able to participate in a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Students will begin to manipulate more complex structures and express themselves in the target language in a larger variety of contexts. Students will research the culture, history, and geography of the French-speaking world. Topics of study include family and friends, celebrations, food shopping and gastronomy, and school life. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate well in a French-speaking environment.

Spanish

Spanish 6 (Phase 1)

This introductory beginners course is appropriate for students with either no background or limited experience in Spanish. Although, the emphasis is placed on the development of communicative skills through oral practice and activities, the four language skills will be developed around the main themes of introductions, everyday activities, personal and school life. Students will learn the basic structures of Spanish grammar. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to express themselves in very simple phrases and statements, and answer questions in a familiar range of everyday situations and other interpersonal contexts.

Spanish 7 (Phase 1 and 2)

This course is the continuation of the beginners' course to consolidate basic Spanish skills. Students with limited experience with the language are still accepted, but will need to catch up, as the course builds on language and contexts covered in the introductory course. This course places emphasis upon communicative competence in a limited range of everyday or relevant situations around themes of daily routine, diet, family, and city. Functional expressions, vocabulary and grammar are integrated into the program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate with native speakers on a variety of everyday situations.

Spanish 8 (Phase 2)

This intermediate course is appropriate for students who are emergent communicators. Students should be able to participate in a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Students will begin to manipulate more complex structures and express themselves in the target language in a larger variety of contexts. Students will research the culture, history, and geography of the Spanish-speaking world. Topics of study include daily routine, travel, past events, and healthy lifestyles. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate well in a Spanish-speaking environment.


Japanese

Grades 6 to 8 Japanese Language Acquisition class have a multiple classes to suit students language development stages. Students will be placed in appropriate classes after counseling with teacher. Please note that we may not be able to run all classes depending on students number in each grade.

Japanese Language Acquisition 1 (Phase 1)

This course is geared for students with either no background or limited experience in Japanese.

Although, the emphasis is placed on the development of communicative skills through oral practice and activities, the four language skills will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities, personal and social life. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to express themselves in very simple phrases, statements and questions in a limited range of everyday situations and other interpersonal context. They will learn to read and write Hiragana, Katakana and some Kanji.

The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using MYP Language Acquisition criteria.

Japanese Language Acquisition 2 (Phase 2-3)

This course is geared for students who are emergent or capable communicators.

Students will be able to participate in a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, appropriate to their age independently in written and spoken format. Students participates in discussions in target language about familiar situations, such as giving directions, describing locations and special interests. Students will be introduced to additional Kanji.

The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using MYP Language Acquisition criteria.

Japanese Language Acquisition 3 (Phase 4-5)

This course is geared for students who are proficient communicators.

This course consolidates all four skills of Japanese language studies around the main themes of everyday activities, personal and social life, and the international world. Emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition of well-balanced skills in a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts with the use of some authentic materials. Students will also start practicing analysing specific information, ideas, opinions and attitudes presented in text.

The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using MYP Language Acquisition criteria.



English

English Grade 6

English Language Acquisition is designed for students whose first language is not English. The course focuses on the language skills needed for students to become proficient in English. Students study a variety of texts from key linguistic genres using a range of reading skills, develop their speaking skills to express their own views on a range of topics, and acquire the necessary writing skills and strategies to produce different text types. The first unit focuses on Wonder by RJ Palacio and Grade 6 students discuss how we view the world through different perspectives. Myths and folktales are explored in the second unit where students learn about perspective. In the third unit, students study what makes a good story and why storytelling is an important part of humanity. Students complete a collaborative presentation. Lastly, the fourth unit investigates the characteristics of news reports and how meaning is created through film. Assessment tasks include listening, speaking, reading and writing.


English Grade 7

English Language Acquisition is designed for students whose first language is not English. The course focuses on the language skills needed for students to become proficient in English. Students study a variety of texts from key linguistic genres using a range of reading skills, develop their speaking skills to express their own views on a range of topics, and acquire the necessary writing skills and strategies to produce different text types. The first unit of Grade 7 looks at perspective through the play “Two Weeks with the Queen”, by Mary Morris. Students respond to the experiences of the characters and learn about the techniques used by creators. The second unit focuses on censorship of literature and the media. The third unit explores texts about technology and society where students will read science-fiction as well as non-fiction technology articles. The final unit of the year explores identity through poetry and the novel A House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, which is the story of a young girl’s coming-of-age. Assessment tasks include listening, speaking, reading and writing.

English Grade 8

English Language Acquisition is designed for students whose first language is not English. The course focuses on the language skills needed for students to become proficient in English. Students study a variety of texts from key linguistic genres using a range of reading skills, develop their speaking skills to express their own views on a range of topics, and acquire the necessary writing skills and strategies to produce different text types. The first unit of Grade 8 is an exploration of fantasy and magical realism where students explore the themes and symbolism of David Almond’s Skellig. The second unit is a study of persuasive techniques in poetry, advertising and opinion pieces. The third unit examines how perspective can shape views S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Students learn about narrative perspective and write from multiple points of view Finally, in the fourth unit, students investigate how relationships are portrayed in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Assessment tasks include listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Mother Tongue Programs

Presently we have four mother tongue programs on offer after school: French, German, Swedish and Korean. We also facilitate a Dutch mother tongue program, which takes place within the school day in place of Japanese language for students in kindergarten to grade 8. Find out more about our Mother Tongue Programs.



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