Language Programs At BFS
The language programs at Buckingham Friends School promote the study of a second language to develop proficient and effective communication for students to meaningfully participate in the global community through study, travel and work. Students gain an awareness and appreciation for other cultures worldwide as well as our own English language and culture.
All students are immersed in French in the Lower School (K-2) and Middle School (3-5). This early exposure creates a solid basis for acquisition and enhances the ability to learn other languages. Through group activities, role play, games, and songs students develop both oral and aural proficiency. As students progress through Middle School, they transition to a traditional structured language program.
In the Upper School (6-8) students may choose to continue with French or begin study in Spanish. The Upper School programs are equivalent to a Level I course, preparing students for a Level II course (or higher) in 9th grade. The courses engage students in activities for all three modes of communication: Interpersonal (conversation), Interpretive (listening and reading) and Presentation (speaking and writing). Students are encouraged to think critically and to take risks by using all the elements. Opportunities for authentic language experiences are facilitated through technology, a French exchange program, JEM trips, field trips and visiting speakers.