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Meet the seven Pingry seniors—equally committed in the classroom as they are in their sport—who earned this year's conference, county, Prep, and state honors. 

Languages

Wondering what World Language classes are really like at Pingry? Listen as students share, firsthand, their experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Classical Languages

The classical language program provides a comprehensive introduction to Latin. Students will learn and practice all the skills necessary to become proficient readers of Latin. Latin focuses on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar while also immersing students in Roman life and culture. They will read and translate stories concerning the life of a Roman family in Pompeii, Romanized Britain, and Egypt. Through these texts, their understanding of the social and political history of the Romans during the first century is developed. A strong emphasis is also placed on learning English vocabulary with Latin roots.  The course presents Latin not as an abstract linguistic system, but rather as a medium of the culture and literature that molded it. Classes take advantage of a multitude of technological resources to bring the language and culture to life. Students build their own websites for gladiators and recreate ancient structures using Tinkercad. As with modern language, when students choose Latin, they are committed to that choice through their Middle School years. Students are grouped according to their previous experience in the language, with the Department Chair and the Middle School Director making all placement decisions.

Middle School Latin Courses

 

World Languages

The modern language program provides a comprehensive introduction to modern language study. Students will learn and practice skills necessary to acquire a second language. They will be encouraged to take risks and to communicate in the language studied. Students work toward a total immersion classroom where the language is modeled by the teacher and media resources. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the language to a student’s own life, with students encouraged to see things through the culture of the target language by drawing parallels to and contrasts with the student’s own culture. Pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary acquisition, and grammar are taught progressively. When students choose a world language, they are committed to that choice through their Middle School years. Students are grouped according to their previous experience in the language, with the Department Chair and the Middle School Director making the placement decisions.

All the languages are taught in a similar way. Oral skills that include both speaking and listening are constantly presented and reinforced. Reading and writing skills are introduced in class and reinforced through working with the textbook, the accompanying workbook, and teacher-developed materials. Work in grammar and spelling familiarize the student with the structure of the language. The Chinese course uses the Pinyin phonetic system and simplified characters.

As the student becomes more knowledgeable in the subject, writing assignments advance through the sentence, paragraph, and short essay stages. Areas such as geography, history, literature, current events, and culture are also covered so that students can begin to expand their intellectual and cultural horizons. Classroom activities often challenge the student to use the newly acquired language in meaningful real-life situations. Classes take advantage of a multitude of technological resources to bring the target language and culture to life, to expose students to a wide range of native speakers, and to allow students to submit written and oral work in innovative ways.

Middle School Modern Language Courses

Boy completing Spanish work at board.