7th Grade

World Languages

Seventh graders at Moses Brown can choose to study Spanish, French, or Latin.  In addition to developing their pronunciation, sentence structure, and vocabulary, they dive into the cultures that speak their chosen language, and use language as a way of understanding and celebrating cultural differences.

Latin students delve more deeply into the study of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and learn three declensions of nouns, three conjugations of verbs, and new adjective forms.  They learn the active voice, and the passive voice is also learned.  They study expressions commonly found in English (i.e., carpe diem, status quo, etc.), and study famous Romans, bringing them to life through costume and oration.  They research styles of Roman art and pitch them to a theoretical gallery owner, and have fun in collaborative projects that make extensive use of games and technology.


Seventh grade Spanish students learn to communicate about familiar topics using simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized turns of phrase.  They will learn to handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions with proper grammar and pronunciation.

Along the way, students study clothing trends and traditions in Latin America and Spain, and discuss the differences between traditional (indigenous) and modern clothing in the book Patricia Va a CaliforniaThey address the wave of European stores currently thriving in America–Zara, H&M, Bershka–and how they are influencing modern global fashion. Students will compare the different eating habits of several Latin American countries, Spain, and the USA, and the value of la sobremesa (hang-out time at the table after eating).  Students will plan the perfect fiesta and assign responsibilities using affirmative commands.

French speakers learn past and future conjugations, expand their understanding of contextual vocabulary, and begin to write complex sentences. Students are continually reading, writing, and speaking to develop both their understanding of the structure and pronunciation of French. They take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).

In connection with their study of the Rwandan genocide in History, students review the history of colonialism in Africa, and the role that language played in cultural power struggles. Students are introduced to Francophone literature by studying texts and excerpts from numerous French writers.

Language and Technology

iPads help MS Latin students Explain Everything

Middle school Latin language students have been using a mobile app (Explain Everything, https://explaineverything.com) to learn and share core vocabulary in class.


Emilia Peña-Disla

Middle School Spanish


Emilia Peña-Disla

University of Rhode Island – B.A.
University of Rhode Island – M.A.

Karim Sow

Middle School French and Middle School Spanish


Karim Sow

University of Niger – B.A.

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