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World Languages

The world languages courses at MSSM are dynamic and challenging. Our students are engaged in real-world scenarios and are at the center of their own learning. Our instructors strive to push the linguistic boundaries of each individual student with the goal of forming truly bilingual students who will contribute to society in meaningful ways. Our students are aware of the world they live in and participate in regional and international travel. They demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking listening and culture.

World Languages students at MSSM acquire language through interactive classes and workshops incorporating content from math, science and the humanities. From the novice level learner through advanced immersion classes, students use the target language to grow in multidisciplinary ways. We have student clubs and organizations that welcome those who love language and culture.

Come let our world languages programs open new doors for your future!

French

Traditional

The French program offers an interactive, real-world experience to students allowing them to learn in a variety of ways and permitting them to gain proficiency across the spectrum. After having completed the two year foundational years in which students again the skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing/grammar and culture, they are prepared to enter into three exciting upper level French courses which are interdisciplinary by nature.

Experiential

Le club français

La table française

J-Terms (Acadian History, Conspiracy Theories, French Immersion Arts and Crafts, Independent Interdisciplinary Projects, and a Cultural and Culinary Tour of the Francosphere

L’ensemble du nord – A newly forming francophone musical ensemble which will perform a few pieces around the holidays, and a few in the spring.

Courses Offered


Spanish

Traditional

Our Spanish program offers education in Spanish language and cultures that exist not only around the world but also within our own country. Students explore vocabulary and grammar beyond the surface, as well as learn to explain facts and their opinions in Spanish. The first two years of the program focus intensely on grammar and vocabulary to build context and to hone their basic skills in all modalities of the language. Upper level Spanish classes are discussion-based and are conducted completely in Spanish. Our biggest goal as a program is to foster growth, knowledge and curiosity in the Spanish language, culture and day-to-day human interactions. The journey is intense, invigorating and exciting! ¡Acompáñanos!

Experiential

Spanish Club Spanish club is an environment outside of Spanish class that is open to ALL students, not just students enrolled in Spanish classes. Students who have a passion for Spanish and its wide variety of cultures gather to explore a variety of Spanish-speaking cultures, such as the history and process of Mexican hot chocolate (we actually make them!) and the role of religious holidays in Spain. This is also a great opportunity to learn colloquial Spanish.

Courses Offered


Chinese

Traditional

Our Chinese program is taught by native speakers from China who expose students to rigorous and rewarding studies that prepare students to interact with native speakers. Students of Chinese learn not only the spoken and written language, but also about culture, history and current events. Students looking for an intense language experience find our Chinese program to be highly rewarding.

Courses Offered

NOT all classes offered every year

World Language Faculty

Mr. Jason Desneiges

Mr. Jason Desneiges

Titles: French Instructor
Degrees: B.A., French Studies, University of Maine Fort Kent
B.S., Education and Pedagogy, University of Maine Presque Isle
M.Ed., TESOL Second Language Acquisition, Grand Canyon University
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Ms. Hyosun 'Sunny Hong

Titles: Spanish Instructor
Degrees: B.A., Spanish, Mathematics, Teacher Education, Bates College
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Dr. Zhu-qi Lu

Titles: Chinese Instructor
Degrees: B.A., Mathematics, Beijing Polytechnic University
M.A., Mathematics, State University of NY Buffalo
Ph.D., Mathematics, State University of NY Buffalo
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Mrs. Huidu Zhang

Titles: Chinese Instructor
Degrees: B.A., Chemistry Secondary Education, Beijing Capital Normal University
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