Middle School World Languages
Latin and ESL
World language education is an essential part of the curriculum at Boston Trinity Academy. The study of languages engages students in communication, whether it be face-to- face, in writing, or across the centuries through the reading of authentic literature. Students at Boston Trinity Academy study Latin in grades 7 and 8. While Latin is no longer the language of any one country, the five Romance languages, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, have evolved from Latin. We believe there are three main reasons that the study of Latin is beneficial for all students.
- First, knowledge of Latin provides a foundation upon which to build future language acquisition. Learning the concepts of tenses, case, number, and gender helps students master the basics of English language arts.
- Second, knowledge of Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes enables students of English literature to understand words that might otherwise be unfamiliar to them.
- Third, the study of Latin teaches students to think systematically, another important tool for future academic success.
The foundation provided to Boston Trinity Academy's middle school students through the study of Latin is one upon which they will build as they study French or Spanish in high school and as they understand and then learn to express themselves with an ever improving rich and nuanced vocabulary.