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September 21st, 2012, 05:55 PM
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Does your 06er learn any other languages at school right now?


I was just wondering because Natasha is learning 2 this year - French and Italian. It's her first year learning French but third year learning Italian since they begin in Junior Kindergarten and then continue in Senior Kindergarten, but French they start in grade one. It's kind of cute! She comes home everyday and teaches me a new word, phrase, or song.
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September 21st, 2012, 06:06 PM
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Nuh uh. We don't do a different language in school here until 7th grade, I think.

That's really cute, though!
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September 21st, 2012, 11:04 PM
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nothing right now but they start french in grade 4 here
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September 22nd, 2012, 12:29 AM
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He wont begin (required) to take a second language till 9th grade (first year of High school age 14). He'll have the choice between Spanish and French normally, some of the schools here offer German and Italian too.
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September 22nd, 2012, 04:56 AM
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They don't do foreign languages in elementary here. Gifted kids can take language survey classes in 7th (a few weeks per language to test them out basically), and then usually Spanish is offered for gifted kids in 8th. For most kids, no foreign languages are offered until high school and then it's Spanish, German, French, and Latin in most schools.
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September 22nd, 2012, 05:46 AM
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The girls have had Spanish twice a week since they entered the Early Childhood program at age 3. It used to be 30 minutes twice a week now it is 60 minutes twice a week. This year they will also start learning Latin. It is going to be within their Language Arts classes, not a separate class.
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September 22nd, 2012, 07:52 PM
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I'm not really sure - maybe some Spanish if anything.
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September 23rd, 2012, 06:15 PM
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No we don't start foreign languages until middle school.
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They don't offer much for second languages in elementary here, either. I'm teaching Eric some asl along with the other kids, and I think there is a sign language club he might participate in next semester, though.
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September 24th, 2012, 08:08 AM
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Yeah, I guess with French being our second language, they start early. But I expected her to start in grades 2-3, I was surprised it's grade 1. As for Italian, her previous years' teacher told me the community around the school when it was built was primarily Italian years ago and they incorporated it into the program, and it kind of stuck. I am not opposed, and she seems to enjoy the classes!
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September 24th, 2012, 08:30 AM
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I think it's cool that Italian is offered! French, well, I started in 2nd grade. Unfortunately, I haaaaaated it, and by the time it became optional instead of mandatory in 9th grade, I never wanted to hear it again. So I'm totally not pushing a second language, no matter how beneficial it can be to learn one.
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September 24th, 2012, 08:42 AM
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I won't be pushing it either! I didn't take French past grade 9 either, but I only came to Canada in grade 8, so I was behind everyone else anyway lol. I managed a 75% in grade 9 which was better than some kids who've learned it for years, but past grade 10, I just felt like there were too many other classes I wanted to take more than French and there wasn't time for everything!

It's gonna be their decision once it becomes optional
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September 24th, 2012, 01:46 PM
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You all have optional foreign languages? It's not here at all.. 7-12th grade, you must take one. I wish it were optional I wasn't fond of it. I struggled big time in my Spanish class.
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September 24th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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You all have optional foreign languages? It's not here at all.. 7-12th grade, you must take one. I wish it were optional I wasn't fond of it. I struggled big time in my Spanish class.
Sounds opposite of where we live? French is mandatory through grade 9.. then it's optional after.
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September 26th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Jaidyn's learning Spanish. Learning a foreign language is mandatory up until 16.
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Most schools start here in the first year. (Prep). Jas is doing Indonesion and will all through primary school (year 6). Not sure about high school.
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September 26th, 2012, 07:36 PM
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Its mandatory at our schools to take 2 years of a forgien(sp) language in grades 9-12. Typically there is Spanish and French offered. My high school also offered German (though the teacher left my sophmore year so it got pulled), Latian, and Japanese.

It has to be 2 years of the same language too (i.e. spanish 1 and then spanish 2). French and Spanish are the staple 2 languages at the high schools up here to pick from.
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