World Languages

World Languages studies throughout all three divisions offer students the opportunity to learn a foreign language and experience the diverse civilizations and traditions of other countries.  

Ranney’s youngest students—our age-3 Beginners—are introduced to Spanish, French and Chinese on a trimester schedule. Students study basic skills in all three languages until the 2nd grade, when they choose to concentrate on one language. The Lower School curriculum emphasizes the nature of language and language learning, articulation and expression, confidence and oral proficiency, and the importance of cultural respect and understanding.

In Middle School,  grade students are offered their choice of French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. All language classes offer a communicative approach to modern language learning, where students develop practical and proficient skills in reading, writing and speaking, as well as an understanding of the rich and varied cultures of the countries in which these languages are spoken.  At this stage in each student’s foreign language development, basic skills in vocabulary, grammar, composition, pronunciation and dialogue are stressed as well as the completion of homework assignments. Students will hear and imitate native speakers and write original dialogues and compositions.

Using technology, creative lessons and active participation, Upper School students continue to build their foreign language skills throughout Grades 9-12, gaining increased proficiency in conversation, reading and writing in their chosen language. Although Upper School students are required to successfully complete the third level of the same world language, many students continue their studies throughout their high school careers, enroll in AP courses, or choose to study two world languages.

Congratulations to Laura Lehrfeld, Class of 2018, who earned a Silver Medal in the beginner category of the National Russian Essay Contest. Organized by the America Council of Teachers of Russian, the annual contest includes competitors at the college and high school level. 

Meet the World Language Team

List of 7 members.

What's Happening in World Languages

  • Sixth-Grade Spanish Language Students Video-Conference with Argentinian School

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  • Sixth-Graders Video-Conference with Argentinian School

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  • World Language Faculty Test out the Innovation Lab

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  • Spanish Language Demonstration - Lower School's Madeleine C.

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  • Spanish Language Demonstration - Lower School's Salvatore P.

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  • Spanish Language Class Makes Empanadas

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  • Discover World Languages Week 2017

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  • Mandarin Immersion Field Trip (Grade 7)

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  • International Students Share Chinese New Year Traditions with Lower Schoolers

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  • Fun with Spanish in Pre-K

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  • Inside our Mandarin Chinese Classes

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  • World Language Students Practice Hands-on Spanish

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  • Spanish Language Class with Sra. Cordero (Lower School)

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  • French III students present an original story in French to their 2nd & 3rd Grade World Language Peers

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  • Model Cities Shared through Special Spanish Language Project

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  • French Mid-Term Video produced by Nick and Jillian Ross, Class of 2017

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  • Discover Languages Week 2016 Continues throughout Divisions

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  • Preschoolers Discover Languages Week 2016

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  • Students Share Skills across Divisions for Discover World Languages Week 2016

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  • Day of the Dead 2015 Projects

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