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The Spanish language program is based on the very popular FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) model. In a typical FLES program, a second language is presented at school as a distinct subject, much as music, science or social studies.

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Why learn a foreign language?

“Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are equipped linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language.”
(National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 1999, p. 7)


 Spanish Program Goals:

  •      To build enthusiasm for language learning through early success which will be transferable to all languages.
  •    To increase general language awareness, including awareness of the student's native language.
  •     To promote exposure to Spanish at a prime language learning time.
  •      To introduce students to the history and culture of Spanish speaking countries, and to experience an increased global awareness which will serve students throughout their lives.