Junior Languages Highlights in Term 1

By Ms. Catherine Mugica, Head of Junior Languages

Bonjour! Hola! Nǐhǎo! JK-7 students continue to build their global awareness through the study of additional languages and their countries of origin. Students are flexing their cognitive muscles and honing their skills in reading, listening, writing, and speaking in French, Spanish and Mandarin. Additionally, we’ve explored significant cultural celebrations from around the world. Here is a snapshot of some highlights from each language:

French: French 7 has begun the study of the “The Hockey Sweater,” the classic Canadian story about a boy who accidentally receives a new sweater of his rival team and has to live with the consequences. Grade 2 has been learning about the story “Où est mon chien” (Where is My Dog) and working toward retelling the play in small groups with their puppets. Grade 4 is learning “Les Trois Petits Cochons,” (The Three Little Pigs), and are working on bringing the story to life in small play groups.

Spanish: Grade 3 is working hard on their class play “El Soldado y la Sopa de Cactus,” which is about a soldier who arrives in a Mexican village in search of food. Grades 4 and 5 have studied Day of the Dead and explored the important items found on a real Mexican Altar. Grade 6 is discovering some of the highlights of Lima, Perú, through the adventures of three animals that escape from a zoo in the novel “Llama en Lima.” Grade 7 is reading a novel of the true story of a family escaping civil war in Guatemala.

Mandarin: In KCA, students made a playdough dumpling and feasted on the real thing to celebrate the end of term. Grade 2s are starting their play “Xiǎojī” (Chicken Little), and made paper rabbit lanterns to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Grade 5 students are huffing and puffing to blow down some houses in their “Sān Zhī Xiǎo Zhū” (Three Little Pigs) play. The grade 6s, in the play “Xiǎomāo Hé Yuèliang” (The Cat and the Moon), are trying to help the moon get out of the water, only to realize that it is just a reflection.

We look forward to exploring more vocabulary, concepts and cultural themes through fun, interactive role playing and storytelling, which is key for developing language skills and an appreciation of cultural traditions around the world.