K-8 World Language Family Page

  • 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, students 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 for additional information.  




    Additional resources:

    • Frequently Asked Questions:
      • How do I know what my child can do with the target language?
      • Are students able to choose the language they want to study or switch?
      • How do I know what languages are offered at each school?
      • How often do students have World Language class?
      • What if a student enters the program later with little to no experience with the language?
      • Do students have homework in World Language class?
      • What if my child already speaks the target language?
    • Parent Resources from the National Network for Early Language Learning
    • World Languages in Our Libraries: To see if library books are available for the languages in our programs, see the school chart below. 


              World Languages by School: 


    Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning French (6-8) 

    Coolidge Corner Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning French (6-8)
    Driscoll Continuing Mandarin (K-8) & Beginning Spanish* (6-8)
    Heath Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning French** (6-8)
    Lawrence Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning French (6-8)
    Lincoln Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning French (6-8)
    Pierce Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning Mandarin* (6-8)
    Runkle Continuing Spanish (K-8) & Beginning French** (6-8)  

    *over 300+ titles

    **No selections yet


  • 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 3 to 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. 


    *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.

  • Understanding Proficiency

    These visuals are often used to explain proficiency to students, help them understand their progress as language learners and reach for their proficiency targets.

    Frequently used with K-5 students:                                                                                                                  

    Ice cream proficiency

     Frequently used with 6-8 students:  

     path to proficiency

    growth mindset