10th Grade

World Languages

Tenth graders at Moses Brown extend their abilities in the world language of their choice.  Mastery of a foreign language is critical to understanding one’s native culture and worldview, and those of others.  Of course, it also opens a myriad of travel opportunities and ways of connecting with other people and cultures.

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Curriculum

  • Spanish 3

    Spanish 3

    Spanish 3 builds on the grammar and vocabulary of Spanish 2 and introduces perfect tenses, the subjunctive mood, and more through films, music, and short stories.  Students demonstrate their knowledge  in presentations, projects, written compositions, traditional tests, and Harkness discussions in which they bear collective responsibility for the quality of the discourse.  Students dream up their ideal city and present a detailed map for it to their classmates, using only Spanish to describe the civic challenges they tackled and the solutions they devised to those problems.

    Spanish 3 Honors tackles the same material as Spanish 3, but in greater depth and at a faster pace.  The course is conducted primarily in Spanish, and students are expected to regularly use the language outside of class.  Students practice writing and speaking, with additional emphasis on the idiomatic expressions that are natural to native speakers.  Students write in many formats–letters, stories, interviews, essays, and a personal journal.  They develop a Spanish-language video commercial, read world news about Spanish-speaking countries, give one another directions around a map of Madrid.  On a trip to New York City, they order dinner at a Mexican restaurant and learn about Pablo Picasso at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

  • Latin

    Latin

    Latin students expand their understanding of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and practice them with readings and composition exercises, studying the etymology of English words, and by learning about ancient Roman civilization.  They translate texts, practicing declensions, conjugations, and tenses, and compare the world they live in with the ancient world.

  • French

    French

    French emphasizes the daily use of French grammar, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge. Students learn the conditional tense, future tense, the imperfect, negative expressions, and direct and indirect object pronouns.  They expand their vocabulary to be able to convey medical information, get around an unfamiliar city, and use idiomatic expressions.

    Students study specific aspects of French society, focusing on France’s health care system, automobile industry, and the music of the francophone world.  They design public-health posters in French, research francophone musicians, and share what they’ve learned (and some groovy tunes) with their classmates.  Along the way, they discover that they are already on the path to fluency.

  • Chinese

    Chinese

    Chinese students take an active role in developing their listening and speaking skills.  Tenth graders practice real-world activities like shopping, bargaining, and exchanging items at a Chinese store in Mandarin.  They also practice the customary speech patterns that build relationships in the Chinese-speaking world.  Continually building their vocabularies, they discover they can converse comfortably about school life, transportation, travel, weather, and more.

    Students learn Chinese characters at a faster pace, with a focus on the structural components of written characters that help learners assimilate new vocabulary quickly.  By the end of the course, students can read and understand simple passages of Chinese writing.

Language Exchange

Immersive Chinese learning exchange

Eight students and three educators from Changle Middle School in the Shandong Province of China visited MB for a learning exchange.

Language, food, and culture

Learning the art of bao making

Upper school Mandarin students took a field trip to Tom’s BaoBao in downtown Providence to learn about the history of bao, a delicious Chinese street food, and try their hand at making it.

Faculty

Lisa Ardente

Upper School World Language

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Lisa Ardente

Wellesley College – B.A.
New England School of Law – J.D.

David Flaxman

Upper School World Language and Sophomore Dean

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David Flaxman

University of Pennsylvania – B.A.
Columbia University – M.A.

Chandra Harris

Upper School World Language

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Chandra Harris

Stanford University – B.A.
Brown University – M.A.
Brown University – Ph.D.

Jerrett Wilson

Upper School World Language

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Jerrett Wilson

North Carolina State University – B.A.
Middlebury College – M.A.

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