K-8 World Language

  • Vision 

    The K-8 World Language Program reflects Brookline’s ongoing commitment to preparing its students to succeed in a multilingual and multicultural global society while raising their awareness of their own role as global citizens.  Our school district deeply values the importance of learning a world language as an essential part of every student’s education.

    In our Elementary World Language Program, Brookline students in grades K-8 have class from 3-5 times per week, depending on the grade level.  We are committed to providing learners with opportunities to develop language skills to interact with others in their community and beyond, as well as to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the rich traditions and diverse perspectives of other cultures. 


    K-8 World Language Curriculum 

    Did you know that it takes about 14,500 hours for a six year old to master the basics of their first language?* Language acquisition processes are slow and yet they are also rewarding and exciting. In our K-5 and beginning language programs, learners progress through the Novice or "word" levels. Learners exhibit strengths in their receptive skills, as we all did when learning our first language; they know and understand a great deal more than they're able to produce, which is normal at this stage of language acquisition. In grades 6-8, learners continue building their language skills to progress into the Intermediate or "sentence" levels.

    Click the links below to review our Curriculum Overviews and Performance Targets for our K-5 and 6-8 programs.  


    ACTFL Proficiency Levels  


    *VanPatten, Bill. (2017). While We’re On The Topic: BVP on Language, Acquisition and Classroom Practice. Alexandria, VA: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages.


    K-8 World Language Coordinator:
    Tanya Alvarado


    Families:  Please click on our Family Resources page on the left side of your screen to find additional information.


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