9th Grade

World Languages

Ninth graders at Moses Brown all study a foreign language and have a wide range of options.  They can pursue advanced studies in a language with which they are familiar, or learn the basics of a language they’ve never tried before.  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

    Spanish

    Spanish students practice reading, speaking, and writing stories, interviews, and essays.  They develop a rich and useful vocabulary, and learn about the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  Classes are conducted mainly in Spanish, and students practice in the Whitford Language Lab to hone their listening and speaking skills.

    Students curate and narrate a fashion show using their own wardrobe, create a menu for their own restaurant, and practice their speaking and listening skills ordering food at Viva México.  They correspond with pen pals, convey health information in a mock doctor’s office, and plan social events with friends.

    More advanced Spanish speakers dig into the imperative and the subjunctive moods, and address real-life scenarios in a near-immersion experience.  Spanish 2 Honors is a challenging, fun experience with a lot of hard work and a lot of laughing.  Student detectives solve a ‘whodunit’ mystery, interviewing numerous suspects before making an arrest.  They write a script, a commercial to sell real estate, and teach one another to make authentic Spanish recipes for a delicious fiesta.

  • Latin

    Latin

    Latin students lay a foundation in 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 five declensions, four conjugations, and six tenses, and compare the world they live in with the ancient world.

    Students farther along in their Latin studies translate portions of Books 1 and 6 of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, as well as The Millionaire’s Dinner Party by Petronius.  They learn the subjunctive mood, and memorize a robust word bank of vocabulary.  In addition to learning the mechanics of Latin, students gain an understanding of Caesar as a general, Roman society, and the Roman quest for land and power.

  • French

    French

    French students establish a foundation of vocabulary and grammar, building confidence in their abilities to read, write, and speak in real-world situations.  With activity-based and research projects, they’ll learn about French culture and history, and have ample opportunities to parler.

    Those students who already have a strong foundation extend their knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary, and spend even more time speaking and listening.  They study French culture through the lens of architecture, and design their own dream house.

  • Chinese

    Chinese

    Chinese students learn the building blocks of Chinese through interactive conversations, conducting interviews within our community and recounting them in Mandarin.  They learn grammar and vocabulary and learn to make Bao (a popular Chinese street food).  Along the way, they learn pinyin (the official phonetic transcription system for Mandarin), tonal pronunciation, the structural components of simplified Chinese characters, basic vocabulary and sentence structures, and how to write 250 Chinese characters.

    Using interactive media and classroom presentations, they also learn about Chinese culture, customs, and history.

Learning 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.

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.

Erin Chechik

Upper School World Language

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Erin Chechik

Washington University – B.A.
Boston University – M.A., M.A.

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