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World Language

The study of World Languages at The Woods Academy

Our world language learning starts early, with our full-day Montessori students learning French or Spanish at age five. Our students take a world language class daily, developing a love for languages and communicating that stays with them for the long term.

There are many benefits to learning a second language, in addition to the ability to interact more effectively in our multinational world. For children, the gains range from improved reading and grades to stronger standardized test scores and increased levels of creativity, empathy, and problem-solving skills.

Here are a few of the reasons, backed with research, for children to learn a second language:

  1. Students who study a world language for just one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs. Four years of a world language can improve scores by more than 100 hundred points.
  2. People who speak more than one language are much better multitaskers.
  3. Individuals who know two languages are better able to tolerate differences and find solutions to conflict.

From the Blog

"Reflecting" on Our Actions
Sra. Sheehan & Sra. Skolnik, Spanish Teachers

How do we get students to understand the concept of reflexive verbs which are not nearly as fundamental to English as they are in Spanish?

The answer is to use them in context. Fortunately, there is a useful application available to any student at any level: daily routine. Verbs of routine like get up, get dressed, and brush teeth are almost always reflexive.

Watch two of our sixth graders as they walk you through their early morning activities.

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Partnership with Lycée Rochambeau
Mme. Jibladze, US French Teacher

The Woods recently began a partnership with Lycée Rochambeau that will help our students have even more wonderful French experiences while encouraging cross-cultural interaction and collaboration.

Each Upper School French class has been visited once by Rochambeau teachers so far, who worked with students on various topics.

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