New Albany-Plain Local school board members approved a resolution Monday night to add foreign language courses to the eighth-grade curriculum next year.

New Albany-Plain Local school board members approved a resolution Monday night to add foreign language courses to the eighth-grade curriculum next year.

According to the resolution council members unanimously passed, French, German and Spanish classes will be offered to eighth-graders who have passed the reading portion of the seventh-grade Ohio Achievement Test.

Each yearlong class will be worth a half credit and serve as the first part of the introductory foreign language course students take in their first year of high school.

Madeline Partlow, director of teaching and learning for the district, said New Albany will be following many other central Ohio middle schools by offering the foreign language classes.

She thinks many ninth-graders find it hard to balance a challenging course load on top of learning a foreign language.

"The pacing is different, because you don't have to race through the curriculum," Partlow said. "Instead of moving fast, we are really building a solid foundation. Many students will feel that is a really nice balance."