Welcome to the world of early language learning!
Some of our elementary World Languages programs follow the FLEX (Foreign Language in the Elementary School - Exploratory) 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:
Children enjoy learning a new language and are curious about customs in other countries.
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.
Children's exposure to world languages helps them develop an openness to other people and other ways of life.
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
Billingsville and Cotswold Elementaries
Charlotte East Language Academy (non-immersion students)
Dilworth Elementary: Latta and Sedgefield Campuses
Huntingtowne Farms Elementary (non-immersion students)
Irwin Ave. Elementary
Marie G. Davis K-8
Rea Farms K-8
Statesville Rd. Elementary
Some of our other schools offer Dual Language/Immersion Programs (DL/I). These programs deliver grade level content in the target language, with some content taught in English. The goal of these programs is to develop bilingual, biliterate and multicultural students. For more information about DL/I programs in North Carolina, please visit this site from NCDPI: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction DL/I Site.
We currently offer one-way immersion programs in Chinese, French, German and Japanese at Waddell Language Academy. Waddell’s programs will be moving to a new building in August 2021, which will be the South Academy of International Languages (SAIL).
Also opening in August 2021 will be the new North K-8 Language Academy. This school will offer one-way immersion programs in Chinese, French and German, starting with K-1 in August 2021, language exploratory (FLEX) in grades 2-5, and high school credit World Language courses in grades 6-8. For more information, please visit https://cmschoice.org/north-k-8-language-academy/.
We have five two-way Spanish dual language programs at these schools:
Charlotte East Language Academy
Collinswood Language Academy
Huntingtowne Farms Elementary
Oaklawn Language Academy
Starmount Academy of Excellence
What will my student be able to do at the end of each World Language course or program? Click on one of the three links below to see the minimum expectations for the end of each course or program.
Classical Languages includes Latin K-12, DL/I and Heritage includes all Dual Language/Immersion programs as well as Spanish for Native Speakers pathways, and Modern Languages includes non-immersion pathways for every language other than Latin, starting with non-immersion K-8 Exploratory.
K-12 Classical Language Programs
K-12 DL/I and Heritage Programs
K-12 Modern Language Programs
MARA S. COBE
K-12 World Languages Specialist
Phone: (980) 343-2650
Fax: (980) 343-9921
Literacy and Dual Languages Specialist
Phone: (980) 343-2708
ACTFL (National Organization)
NCDPI World Languages