20 Sep World Language Update
Our World Languages students have been busy as well! German students are finishing Chapter 1 of “Deutsch Aktuell” (covering greetings, salutations, etc.). They’ve covered the following grammar points: nominative, accusative, dative cases, the verb “sein” (to be, present tense), personal pronouns, and sentence construction with nominative, accusative and dative cases. They’ve learned how to use the Umlaut, roll the High German ‘r’s’, and cultural points like punctuality, Oktoberfest, and Bratwurst vs. Weisswurst.
Our French students have covered Chapter 1 of “French in Action” (greetings, salutations), formal vs. informal you, personal pronouns, accents and diacritical marks, regular conjugations of ‘er” verbs, some irregular verbs like -etre (with accent circonflexe on “e”), avoir and aller, personal pronouns, prepositional phrases with “a” (with accent aigu), accent and diacritical marks, elision and liaison in reading, and aspirant h. They’ve learned cultural points including baiser (greetings with a kiss on both cheeks).
In Italian, we’ve covered chapter 1 of “Oggi in Italia” (greetings, salutations), verb “essere” and personal pronouns, formal vs. informal language, accents, and gender. Cultural points have included Formal vs. Informal Language, Salulti, Prego, and Salve.
Our Chinese students have worked through “Integrated Chinese.” They’ve done greetings, salutations, numbers 0-100, and basics of Pinyin (tonal and diacritical marks). In Chinese writing 写汉子, we have covered subject pronouns and stroke order 笔画. Cultural points have included chopsticks and writing. We are re-tuning, redirecting their auditory processing to better hear tones and speak correctly.
Spanish students have completed the preliminary chapter of” Puentes” covering greetings, salutations, accentuation, gender and definite articles, gustar conjugation, personal “a”, pronunciation and alphabet (“elongated vowels”). The cultural points covered so far have included formal vs. informal language and Castilian vs. “Latin American” Spanish.
Upcoming in all World Languages classes: Summative assessments on Sept 15 to gauge literacy levels in reading and writing.