The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Upper School - World Languages

About World Languages at Fay

Upon entering the Upper School, students select a world language to study. Students choose from French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin. Placement in all levels is based upon the student’s prior experience in the language, teacher recommendations, and a placement test.

Courses

List of 14 items.

  • French 1A

    French 1A is an introductory course that provides students with practice in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students focus on listening comprehension and the use of basic conversational patterns of French speech. They also learn elementary grammar and work with appropriate reading materials, such as poetry and supplemental readers. Hands-on projects throughout the year encourage a heightened awareness of the French-speaking world, and class work incorporates music, basic newscasts, and short films to familiarize students with the sound system of the French language. Students learn greetings, time, weather, dates, school and school vocabulary, family and home vocabulary, and food vocabulary. They also learn regular verbs in the present tense, commonly used irregular verbs, and idiomatic expressions.
  • French 1B

    French 1B is the continuation of the French 1A program. Complex sentence patterns and wider vocabulary base broaden the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary units and communicative activities focus on shopping for clothing, restaurant, sports, leisure activities, weather, and parties and celebrations. Students continue to learn the present tense of regular and irregular verbs and study of the passé compose with avoir. Students develop cultural awareness through music, basic newscasts, short films, poetry, and thematic projects.
  • French 2A

    French 2A is a second-year course in which students continue to develop listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. The course integrates information about French culture through short stories and poems. Students are expected to communicate in French through sustained speech and write using compound and complex sentences in the present and past. Students expand on their knowledge of irregular verbs by adding idiomatic expressions and complete a thorough study of the passé composé, imparfaits, past tense narration, adverbs, and object pronouns. Students practice applying their knowledge of grammar and verb forms to their written expression. The course is conducted in French and designed for students who are experienced and highly motivated to enhance their language skills.
  • French 2B

    French 2B is a continuation of French 2A in which students are immersed and expected to communicate in the language. This course moves at an accelerated pace, continuing the development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students expand on previously learned vocabulary and apply their knowledge of grammar and verb forms to their written expression. Students complete an in depth study of reflexive verbs in the present, past and as infinitives, the future tense, conditional mood, pronouns y and en, order of object pronouns, and article choice. In speaking, students interact with each other in situational dialogues, using sustained speech patterns and incorporating idiomatic expressions. The course integrates cultural information about the French-speaking world through short stories, newscasts, and poems.
  • Spanish 1A

    Spanish 1A is an introductory course that provides a foundation for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The class is conducted primarily in the target language, and students are encouraged to communicate in Spanish, thus providing ongoing practice with listening comprehension. This course covers basic vocabulary that allows students to communicate effectively by asking and answering questions, describing situations, and expressing needs. Students learn a variety of grammatical concepts so they can communicate in the present and future tenses. As the year progresses, students build upon their foundations in vocabulary and grammar to develop reading and writing skills. Students gain an appreciation of the cultural diversity within Spanish-speaking countries as they reflect on their own perspectives and experiences. Students also engage in a variety of authentic celebrations that foster an appreciation for the other cultures.
  • Spanish 1B

    Spanish 1B addresses the elements of the language covered in Spanish 1A, but in more in-depth, for students with a foundational background in the study of Spanish. Students learn stem-changing verbs in the present tense, informal commands, and the preterite of regular and irregular verbs. Students also learn about comparative and superlative forms of adjectives, direct and indirect object pronouns, and expanded vocabulary. Cultural awareness, with a special emphasis on South America, is developed through map study, projects, films, and selected readings. Active participation is necessary and facilitates the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
  • Spanish 2A

    Spanish 2A is conducted in Spanish and is open to students who have demonstrated a mastery of basic grammar, verb forms, and tenses and have shown proficiency through a placement test. Placement is determined by the World Languages Department. In addition to reinforcing and broadening listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills, the course integrates cultural and historical information about the Spanish-speaking world through short stories, newspaper articles, and poems. In this course, students explore the subtleties of language with an emphasis on the differences between the imperfect and preterite tenses, and por and para. Students are expected to communicate in Spanish through sustained speech and are required to write essays using compound and complex sentences in the imperfect, progressive, present, and preterite tenses.
  • Spanish 2B

    Spanish 2B is a continuation of the Spanish 2A course and is open to students who have demonstrated proficiency on a placement test. Placement is determined by the World Languages Department. This course moves at an accelerated pace, continuing the development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of grammar and verb forms to their written expression. Students produce a variety of written texts including narratives and informative essays. In speaking, students interact with each other in situational dialogues, using sustained speech patterns and incorporating idiomatic expressions. In addition to reinforcing and broadening the four language skills, the course integrates cultural and historical information about the Spanish-speaking world through short stories, newspaper articles, and poems. In this course, students develop a deeper understanding of the history, literature, and traditions of the Hispanic world via selected readings from a variety of literary genres. Students are expected to communicate in Spanish through sustained speech and are expected to write essays using compound and complex sentences in the future, imperfect, imperfect progressive, present, perfect, preterite tenses, and conditional mood.
  • Grade 9 Spanish

    Grade 9 Spanish is a continuation of Spanish 2B, where students are immersed in the language at all times and expected to communicate in the language as well. Students in this course have met the expectations of the level one and two courses and are well prepared for more advanced and complex language structures. Students learn and practice new vocabulary through pictures and written responses to open-ended questions, allowing for creativity, expansion and growth. Students are exposed to a variety of cultural practices and have the opportunity to recreate them and to experience them in class. Students work on authentic projects that afford them the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones and to try something new. The four modalities are given equal emphasis, and are often brought to the classroom through newspapers, magazines, and video programs. Additionally, colloquialisms and proverbs become a part of the daily routines and communication, giving students a real-world experience. Students study various grammatical concepts and learn the present perfect, pluperfect, future perfect, conditional perfect commands, present progressive, present subjunctive, and the present perfect
  • Chinese 1

    Chinese 1 is an introductory course to Mandarin Chinese language and culture for students in grades seven, eight, and nine with no prior language experience. The Discovering Chinese 1 textbook is used for this course. Chinese pronunciation is taught through Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system. Students are introduced to the Chinese writing system by studying the origins and development of Chinese characters. Four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are emphasized throughout this course. Topics include but are not limited to greetings, locations, numbers, family, countries and nationalities, food, school life, time, date, and days of the week. In addition, Chinese culture and traditions are integrated into this course through the study of Chinese art, history, geography, folktales, films, music, and holiday celebrations.
  • Chinese 2

    Chinese 2 is a continuation of Chinese 1 for students in grades eight and nine using the textbook Integrated Chinese Level 1. With an increased level of complexity, spoken Mandarin and written characters are emphasized throughout the course. Topics include greetings, family, nationalities, professions, hobbies, school work, daily routines, and invitations. Essential grammar and sentence patterns are introduced to enhance the students’ writing skills. At this level, students are expected to write longer and more complex paragraphs and essays using transitional expressions. As a result, they are able to construct more complicated sentences through which they express feelings, emotions, and opinions. Chinese culture and traditions are integrated into this course through films, music, classic poems, and holiday celebrations.
  • Grade 9 Chinese

    Grade 9 Chinese, the capstone course in Fay's Chinese language program, is a continuation of Chinese 2: it is an advanced intermediate course of the Chinese language and culture. The textbooks are Integrated Chinese Levels 1 and 2. This rigorous and challenging course focuses on reinforcing and improving students’ proficiency levels. Different sentence patterns, more complex sentence structures, various transition words, and a larger vocabulary are introduced. Topics include expressions in the classroom and daily life, shopping, transportation, weather, and dining. Chinese culture and traditions are integrated into this course through classic poems, films, music, and holiday celebrations. 
  • Latin 1

    Latin 1 is an introductory course to the Latin language and culture. Students read and translate passages from the Cambridge Unit 1 textbook. Students study nouns of the five declensions, the four conjugations of verbs in active and passive voice and in indicative and imperative moods, and other basic grammatical structures including positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns. Students learn effective strategies for reading and translating Latin texts of increasing difficulty. They use proper pronunciation of Classical Latin through reciting passages, composing dictations, and singing hymns. Students become acquainted with the daily life and culture of the Ancient Romans, while recognizing and appreciating their values and social attitudes.
  • Latin 2

    Latin 2 is an intensive course that emphasizes the reading and translation of authentic texts. Students read and translate passages from the Cambridge Unit 2 textbook and unabridged selections from Catullus’ poems. In addition to reinforcing Latin 1 material, student learn the subjunctive mood, subjunctive clauses, participles, deponent verbs, and other grammatical structures necessary for the proper translation and comprehension of their readings. Students develop a deeper understanding of Roman life through the investigation of the ancient political, social, and economic structures.