Welcome to the World Language Program at Central Middle School!
Our World Language Program is for 8th graders only.
FRENCH I – Full-year course
SPANISH I – Full-year course
CHINESE I – Full-year course
Students will become immersed in the language and culture through a variety of listening, reading, writing, and speaking
experiences. Students will take the equivalent of the high school final exam at the end of the year. Students who
demonstrate mastery of the course content will earn up to one Michigan Merit Curriculum Foreign Language
credit. 8th grade students who have selected foreign language will have both their grades and credit earned for the class
reflected on their high school transcript and applied toward the high school graduation requirements. Full-year foreign
language classes in 8th grade are designed for the student who may be interested in pursuing 5 full years of foreign
language study. Enrolling in a full-year language course in 8th grade is much like adding a 5th core class. The staff, prior
to enrolling a student, examines a variety of student success predictors. If the demand for the class exceeds space
available, a selection process based on demonstration of the predictors of success will be implemented. Students
choosing these courses should possess a solid academic foundation in the four core areas and exhibit good study habits.
Northern Hills Middle offers Introduction to French, Spanish, or Chinese as nine week exploratory courses. (Please find
description under “Communication Courses” on page 14.) Participation in a nine week introduction to foreign language
course is not a pre-requisite for enrolling in French 1, Spanish 1 or Chinese 1 in eighth or ninth grade.