Foreign Language Elementary School

Adding culture and language to the classroom

Why foreign language at the elementary level?

At the elementary level foreign language should be taught to help enhance the learning of students. According to Edmond, director of foreign language education at Wake Forest University “Learning languages helps increase listening ability, memory, creativity and critical thinking - all of which are thinking processes that increase learning in general.” "When done right, foreign language instruction uses themes that support the elementary curriculum including math, science, social studies and language arts."

“Correlation studies show students who have had several years of foreign language do better on SATs, particularly the verbal part,” Redmond says.

Having foreign language in the classroom helps students at an early age by bringing in culture and languages from other countries. We can help to advance our students cognitive capabilities which will open more doors for then in the future.

Book by Edmond: “Teacher to Teacher: Model Lessons for K-8 Foreign Language.”

First hand look at how Becker Elementary has shaped their students with foreign language

Iris Becker Elementary School (EDTV)

Way Foreign Language uses Kinesthetic, Tactile, Visual and Auditory Learning

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ‒Frank Smith

Benefits of Language Learning Research

1. "The bilingual children used higher order rules more frequently than the monolingual children."

2. "Second language learners (1) have improved test scores; (2) are able to think divergently; (3) achieve in their first language; and (4) attract and maintain parent involvement."

3. "Higher mean scores than the control group in arithmetic and English grammar, although their scores were slightly lower than the control group in English punctuation, comprehension, and vocabulary."

4. "(1) when verbal ability is controlled, students who study foreign language for longer periods of time will do better on various SAT sub-tests and on the SAT-Verbal as a whole than students who have studied less foreign language;"

5. "Socioeconomically underprivileged students (both Black and White) benefited from an immersion-type introduction to a foreign language as much as students from middle class homes did."

Leah Oropesa

Future teacher of Spanish/E.S.L.