The eighth grade offers students an introductory course to Spanish that includes an overview of basic vocabulary and pronunciation. Class projects include skits based on familiar fairy tales and presentations of classic Spanish songs such as Des Colores.
Students concentrate on applying the language skills they have acquired so far to further their listening and reading comprehension skills through various texts, poems, and songs. Grammar exercises include activities that emphasize adverbs and modal verbs. A unit on Mozart also familiarizes students with new vocabulary and a deeper understanding of German culture. Eighth graders also spend time examining the geography of Germany and complete a geography book describing and depicting basic geographical facts.
Students expand their vocabulary through an exploration of French culture including influential figures, educational system, government, fashion, sports, and cuisine. Grammar exercises include irregular verbs, negations, and prepositions, as well as direct and indirect objects. Students spend time watching French movies such as "The Chorus." The eighth grade French unit concludes with a trip to "A La Carte," a cooking school where students help prepare and enjoy a traditional French four-course meal.