The third high school level of foreign language study expands upon the vocabulary, and grammatical and aural skills acquired previously in levels I and II. Students also exercise using their language skills in the cultural context of their countries of origin. Language learning is enriched through songs, poetry, native readings; auditory/visual materials and field trips.
Students may also enroll in a Mandarin elective that meets twice a week in addition to French, German, or Spanish. Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan, and is one of the official languages of Singapore and the United Nations. It is the most widely-spoken language in the world. This course introduces students to Mandarin so that they can develop proficiency on a basic level. Language learning in this course will focus on elementary communication skills, basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. All language skills will be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course also introduces students to traditional Chinese beliefs and contemporary culture. Students will learn about China and its regions through a wide variety of resources and may investigate specific topics related to cultural themes.