Iron Horse Middle School

World Languages

Communication is at the heart of world language study, whether that communication takes place face-to-face, in writing, or reading. The goal of world language study at Iron Horse is for students to attain functional proficiency in a world language, while also developing an understanding and appreciation of the cultures surrounding that language.

At the middle school level, world language is comprised of two years of study. These two years, if completed with a grade of B- or better, are equivalent to one year of high school world language, thereby fulfilling one of the two years of the UC/CSU world language requirement. Upon entering high school with satisfactory completion (B- or better) of both the 1A and 1B level of French or Spanish, a student would be eligible to take French 2 or Spanish 2.


Instructors: Gail Bishop and Lacey Lowe

Spanish 1A: (Year-long elective) 7th Grade
FLSAHJ Prerequisite: B- or better in Core 6 AND Core teacher recommendation

¡Bienvenidos! Learn to communicate in Spanish from day one! We enjoy a great textbook, with workbooks that each student will be issued for Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B. We will learn to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish, and experience the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries using games, video, audio, and the Internet.


Travel to Costa Rica:
Students will also have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica on odd-numbered years. I use the EF Tours for all travel arrangements.

For more information, contact Sra. Lowe at


Spanish 1B: (Year-long elective) 8th Grade
FLSBHJ Prerequisite: Grade of B- or better in Spanish 1A

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to the second year of Spanish I. Spanish 1B is a continuation of Spanish 1A and can be joined by any student who completed Spanish 1A with a grade of B- or better. Students will use the same textbook and workbooks, and will continue to learn to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish. Activities will include video, audio, chapter related projects, and cultural activities.

Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in order to be eligible for Spanish 2 in 9th grade.



Instructor: Alana Scott


FRENCH 1A: Yearlong elective – 7th grade
Prerequisite: B- or better in Core 6 and Core 6 teacher recommendation
Bonjour et bienvenue au cours de Français 1A!  Come learn how to speak French by singing songs, putting on skits, and playing games. By working with each other in pairs, groups, and as a class, you will be amazed by how fast you can start learning to speak in French. Plus, you will gain knowledge about how a language is put together, and you might even improve your English vocabulary. You will learn how to speak, read, and write in French and practice your listening skills with native speaker audio activities.  Some of the fun activities and projects this year include creating a family tree, inventing a French restaurant menu, and decorating a French calendar.


FRENCH 1B: Yearlong elective – 8th grade
Prerequisite: B- or better in French 1A
Bienvenue au course de Français 1B!  You will use the 1B Discovering French textbook to continue expanding your conversational and written skills. Some of the fun activities and projects this year include creating and describing your dream house or apartment, creating a diorama of a French store, putting on a fashion show, writing a sports’ article about one of your favorite teams, and sampling some typical French cuisine.  


Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in order to be eligible for French 2 in 9th grade.


Bishop, Sra.
Spanish Teacher, Dept. Chair
Lowe, Lacey
Spanish Teacher
Scott, Alana

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