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Other than the teacher being one of the coolest people I’ve ever met, there have been so many great things that came out of taking UPrep's Chinese language courses. We learned not only how to speak and sound authentic, but also how to understand the Chinese culture. Being able to put a smile on my grandparents’ faces as I converse with them in their native language is one of the greatest gifts UPrep has given me." Joseph Yeung '21

UPrep's Middle School language program offers a broad introduction to language learning and culture. The courses develop students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, introduce basic grammar concepts, and begin to lay the foundation toward proficiency in the target language.

As preparation for communication in real-life situations is stressed, teachers design tasks and activities to give students opportunities to use the language in a variety of meaningful ways. The program also includes activities related to the process of studying a second language. A system of formative assessment guides students in meeting learning and performance goals.

Middle School students typically complete a three-part series (Levels A, B, and C) in grades 6-8.* The pace of the Middle School sequence allows for greater exploration of topics and cultural themes, as well as development of general study skills and good practices for language learning. Upon completion of the Level C course in Middle School, students will be placed into an Upper School course appropriate for their level of preparation.

*Students entering with an advanced background in a particular language may seek placement beyond the beginning level.

A group of Chinese A students explore Seattle's International District/Chinatown on a field trip.

Middle School French students learn about the culture of Cote D'Ivoire

French A students listen to a guest speaker share about the culture of Côte d'Ivoire.

Language Ignition (6th grade)

All sixth grade students begin their language study with an immersive experience during the first intensive term, whether they are placed in level A or beyond, or are enrolled in Learning Pathways.

Language Ignition introduces students to the language fundamentals and culture of Mandarin Chinese, French, or Spanish. Students select the language they will study during course registration the prior spring and do not take a language class during the first semester of sixth grade.