The Middle School language program introduces students to the study of French, Latin, Spanish and Chinese with an interdisciplinary approach that weaves language instruction with history, literature, and geography. In sixth grade, students take one quarter of each language; the program develops students’ basic language skills and exposes them to the diversity of cultures that use or used these languages. For seventh grade, students make an informed choice between the languages, selecting one of the four to study in seventh and eighth grade. With increasing competence, seventh and eighth graders participate in short conversations and apply their knowledge to read, decipher, and discuss written works. The Middle School program prepares students for second-level language study in Upper School Chinese, French, Latin, or Spanish.