FLES

Welcome to the world of early language learning! Our elementary World Languages program follows the FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) model.  This is a term often used to describe world language instruction in grades K-5, in which students study one language with a  systematic development of language abilities and cultural awareness. With our focus on speaking and listening skills, K-5 students in this program are learning how to express themselves in new ways. According to Gladys Lipton, Director of the National FLES* Institute, here are a few reasons why this program model benefits our students, :

o   Children enjoy learning a new language and are curious about customs in other countries.

o   By starting second language study early, children advance in the development of an intelligent understanding of language concepts, which will help in learning additional languages.

o   Children's exposure to world languages helps them develop an openness to other people and other ways of life.

o   Children who have studied a foreign language in elementary school achieve expected gains and have even higher scores on standardized tests in reading, language arts, and mathematics than those who have not (Lipton 1979; Masciantonio 1977; Rafferty 1986; McCaig 1988).

The ABCs of Elementary School Foreign Language Programs: A Guide for Parents  

The FLES program is currently offered at the following CMS elementary schools :

  • Blythe Elementary
  • Cotswold Elementary
  • Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Huntingtowne Farms Elementary
  •  Irwin Ave. Elementary
  •  Lansdowne Elementary
  • Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis
  • Statesville Rd. Elementary

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