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Global Languages

Global language programs in Mandarin and Spanish incorporate listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as the in-depth study and celebration of the cultures related to those languages.

The study of global language in the upper school is where students begin to focus on the use of a language other than English as a form of communication. Students may choose between Spanish or Mandarin in the fifth grade and will continue through eighth grade. Listening, speaking, writing, and reading are the core skills around which each language is taught. Students begin the formal study of grammar, vocabulary, and culture during their first year in the upper school. Students not only develop the ability to communicate in a language other than English, they also develop an understanding and appreciation of the culture of their chosen language. The department leads the school in our annual multicultural celebration where world cultures come to life through song, public speaking, art, and music. Through hands-on projects and formal study, students graduate Harbor with a solid foundation to move into high school level languages.