Learning multiple languages is an essential way to develop a global understanding of cultures and people, increase your perceptiveness, improve your decision-making abilities, and strengthen your mastery of English. In your study of Spanish, French, or Mandarin, you will practice the "five standards" of language study—oral comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness. In addition to role-playing, storytelling, music, games, written exercises and reading, you will explore cultural, religious, and ethnic traditions to expand your understanding of the world. In the 7th grade, you may have the opportunity to go on a language immersion trip to a Spanish, French, or Mandarin-speaking country. Most students develop sufficient mastery to place into the 2nd year of language classes in the Upper School.