One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. ‒ Frank Smith
The Department of World Languages offers a wide array of courses from the first year of language study through Advanced Placement in French and Spanish. All courses are aligned with the Massachusetts Frameworks in Foreign Language Study and develop proficiency in Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities.
Advantages of World Language Study
- Understand other cultures and peoples
- Communicate well in other languages and better in your native tongue
- Improve critical thinking skills and mental flexibility
- Enhance career options
Foreign language teachers at Braintree High School are dedicated educators with a love for language and a passion for different cultures. Our teachers include experienced veterans and exuberant young faculty members who share teaching strategies and ideas in order to ensure top-notch professional education.
These linguists provide their leadership and skills in numerous afterschool activities such as sports, clubs, and music. The foreign language department looks forward to helping their students grow into confident multilingual speakers.
- The first year of study is an introduction to the four competencies:
- Students are taught correct pronunciation, rhythm, intonation and the vocabulary necessary for communication in everyday circumstances.
- Students develop awareness of the culture and civilization in all countries that speak the target language.
Year of Completion
This year is completed through 7th and 8th grades or one year at the high school.
The second year of study continues immersion in the target language as students move beyond the basics and acquire greater proficiency in the four language competencies.
The third year of study enables students to engage more freely in conversation on a wider range of topics and to understand the spoken language in a greater variety of contexts.
Readings on topics related to culture and society and literature are introduced at different levels.
During their fourth year of study, students who plan to take the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam enroll in advanced honors level language courses.
Honors courses are available to those who wish to maintain and deepen their language skills without the rigorous requirements of the AP level.
The fifth year of study emphasizes improvement of conversational skills and learning about contemporary life in French- and Spanish-speaking countries.
Themes of Study
Those in Advanced Placement study for the AP exam through their continued development of the four competencies and a comparison of six themes that span English-speaking and French- or Spanish speaking cultures. The themes include:
- Beauty and Aesthetics
- Contemporary Life
- Families and Communities
- Global Challenges
- Personal and Public Identities
- Science and Technology