12th Grade

World Languages

Seniors at Moses Brown have achieved, or are gaining, fluency in another language, writing clearly, speaking and listening easily, even thinking (and sometimes dreaming) in that language.  Twelfth grade aims to help them solidify their command of the language, and for those who wish, begin down the path of college-level study.  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

  • French

    French

    French students focus on writing and speaking like a native with proper use of idiomatic expressions and a natural sense of how and when to shift modes and tenses.  Students are able to articulate and support a thesis, just as they would in English, and display a general knowledge of the francophone world.   They read and listen to French news, and capably discuss current events, watch and review French cinema, and put their own abilities on display as they write, shoot, and produce a short film of their own.

    AP French students read, write, speak, and listen with fluency, and culminate their year with the Advanced Placement exam.

  • Spanish

    Spanish

    Spanish students read books and articles and watch films to prepare for intensive discussions of one our nation’s most complex political issues: immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border.  They also tackle big questions like deforestation, poverty, and surrealist art.  In addition to lively debate, the students exercise their skills by writing, shooting, and producing a PSA about drugs and alcohol, and a surrealist film, all in Spanish.  Advanced students should be able to comfortably spend an entire day speaking nothing but Spanish, and develop cultural proficiency.  They learn about the Spanish education system, how people adapt to culture shock, the global employment market, and the role of gastro-culture on Spanish society.  AP students also prepare for the Advanced Placement examination.

  • Chinese

    Chinese

    Chinese students are motivated, self-directed, and eager to explore different aspects of Chinese language and culture in detail.  They communicate exclusively in Chinese during class, and practice discussing medical information with a Chinese-speaking doctor, negotiating a lease, writing advertisements, and booking travel arrangements.

    They learn characters and expressions at a pace approaching that of a college-level course, and enjoy material created for native speakers–chapter books, newspaper articles, poems, songs, TV shows, and movies.

  • Latin

    Latin

    Latin students focus on the poetry of Catullus, Horace, and Ovid, with an in-depth study of meter, poetic devices, and analysis.  These texts be read as literature, social and political commentary, and entertainment, with particular attention to the relevancy of their themes to the modern day.  Students master different meters and identify literary devices such as anaphora, chiasmus, synchesis, and alliteration.  Each student is asked to give an informative presentation about Roman architecture, including who commissioned, designed, and built various important landmarks.

Featured Video

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.

Elena Peterson

Upper School World Language

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Elena Peterson

Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio – B.A.
University of Rhode Island – M.A.

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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