French and Mandarin

The Language program at PMWS begins in the first grade with both French and Mandarin offered once and twice a week, respectively.  In the lower grades, all work centers around movement, singing, storytelling and games with some illustrative work in notebooks.  The goal is to build vocabulary and an ear for the language as it is primarily used orally in simple situations. Cultural aspects of the language are underscored in all activities, with occasional celebrations of particular festivals, especially involving food.  The upper grades see an increase in conversational work and an acquisition of  the basic tenets of grammar.  They begin to read texts and write in the language.  In all grades, the material presented closely parallels the Main Lesson blocks taught by the class teacher.