The 7th and 8th grade World Language courses at GMS in succession are equivalent to a level one World Language course at GHS. Students in German and Spanish courses develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the study of thematic vocabulary and grammatical fundamentals.  Interaction with authentic and level-appropriate resources offer students insight to diverse cultures. The development of comprehensible listening skills in the target language is a primary focus in the early stages of the course. The production of written and spoken language is encouraged once students have acquired the language necessary for these skills. Students will use their language proficiency and intercultural competence to communicate with their teacher, peers,  and extended community about real- life situations.