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Category: World Languages

World Languages, PK3 - SK

Lausanne students benefit from daily language instruction. Understanding that the young brain learns new languages at a much higher rate than older, our early childhood students receive daily language instruction. In grades PK-SK, students receive daily Mandarin and Spanish from native speakers. Our world language teachers follow the learning goals of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language). These national standards are taught under through the “5 C’s”- Comm... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

World Languages, Grade 1 - Grade 4

All Lausanne Lower school students benefit from daily language instruction. Having gained a strong foundation in both Mandarin and Spanish in the early childhood years, students in grades 1-4 expand on their language skills. In these lower school grades, studetns receive daily Mandarin or Spanish from native speakers through an alternating language scheduled. 1st grade students receive 4 days of Mandarin and 3 days of Spanish instruction of 30 minutes each. Our world language teachers follow ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 5

The 5th grade course is designed to builds students' understanding of the Chinese language and culture with themes and subjects that are relevant to their daily lives. Students will learn pinyin, Chinese radicals, strokes, basic greetings and introductions. The lessons are developed for fifth-grade students' level, including listening, speaking, reading and writing (w/basic grammar). Online activities will make learning fun, effective and get self-feedback from lessons. After each les... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 6

The 6th grade students are going to review lessons have taken before, and they will keep learning phonetic and writing system (including Chinese radicals and strokes). The course continues to learn the Chinese language and culture with themes and subjects that are relevant to their daily lives. The course focuses on students becoming fluent speakers, more sophisticated listeners through building reading comprehension and the creation of short essays. The online lessons and activities will mak... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 7

The goal of the course will keep practicing daily conversations to compare diverse cultures around the world. Students will also keep learning word structure, sentence grammar, paragraph structure with comprehensive readings to analyze and be a good problem solver; write short essays with all kinds of topics; understand dialogues by native Chinese speakers with complicated listening. The course will be expected to frequently present your own ideas and understand all examples in Chinese.    Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 8

The goal of the course is for students to become proficient in the target language. More complex exercises that require good listening skills are practiced for students' understanding of dialogues by native Chinese speakers. It's expected for students to frequently present their own ideas and understand all examples in Chinese. During the various discussions about the cultural presentations, students shared their ideas and brought up inquiries about the significance of Chinese customs... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 5

The MYP Spanish Grade 5 course introduces the students to the basics of Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Although this course lasts only one trimester, lessons will include real case scenarios, meaningful conversation, and grammar when applicable. In every class we are going to use the four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking while learning useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation.  The units cover a ser... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 6

In 6th grade, students will focus on the three modes of communication-interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive. Students learn how to say what they like and do not like to do, where they are from, describe themselves and others, identify people and things, how they feel, what must do, how often they do it, classes, classroom objects and daily schedules They are able to discuss a range of topics such as their favorite activities, their family and friends, celebrations, and vacation plan... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 7

In our 7th grade course, students are challenged to build on what they learned in 6th grade in order to communicate with increasing complexity over topics related to self, daily life, and community. Our units this year revolve along content related to describing ourselves and others, school and leisure routines, events in the community, home and chores, and traditions. At this level, students are expected to express themselves by using words, phrases or short sentences (sometimes memorized). ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 8, SL and HL

In 8th grade, students are honing their linguistic skills in preparation for Upper School. This is the year in which many students progress from Novice High to Intermediate Low communicators. To do that, students must be willing to push themselves to communicate in Spanish and strive to immerse themselves in the language whenever possible. Although they still have a limited range of topics about which they can communicate, students will be working to go beyond using simple memorized phrases o... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 5

The MYP French Grade 5 course introduces the students to the basics of the French language and the cultures of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include commonly used vocabulary, grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. The trimester is organized into two main units: Greetings and Hobbies. The units cover a series of topics that allow the students to learn, practice and develop their language skills, collaborate with peers, foster creative thinking, and enhance ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 6

The MYP French Grade 6 course allows the students to develop a basic level of French language acquisition and explore the cultures of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: greetings, hobbies, school life, weather and time, famil... Read More
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French, Grade 7

The MYP French Grade 7 commits the students to a higher level of language acquisition and deeper cultural understanding of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: recent past, clothing, shopping, directions, body parts and daily r... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 8

The MYP French Grade 8 course builds upon previous levels of language acquisition and deeper cultural understanding of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: simple past, holidays, artistic expressions, daily routine and traditio... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish I

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish II SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish II HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP French SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the French language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Francophone cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Francophone cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social O... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Mandarin SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the Mandarin language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Chinese cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Chinese cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organiz... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Spanish ab initio SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to help students develop basic-high to intermediate-low linguistic skills while developing an intercultural understanding of their culture and those of Spanish-speaking countries. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organization and Sharing the Planet, and the study of different text formats. These will allow students to compare the target language and culture(s) to other languages and... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Spanish SL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the Spanish language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Hispanic cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Hispanic cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organi... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Spanish HL

This two-year sequence course seeks to guide the student in the acquisition of the Spanish language in order to become lifelong learners; the development of language skills; the increased intercultural understanding of Hispanic cultures with an understanding for the interaction between Hispanic cultures and their own culture; and the understanding of literary texts and extracts. This course focuses on the study of five prescribed themes, Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organi... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16