Why Study FLES

Rationale for teaching foreign language at elementary level

Why young age language leaners

"The ability to learn a second language is highest between birth and the age of six, then undergoes a steady and inexorable decline."

"The child's brain is different from the adult brain in that it is a very dynamic structure that is evolving. A 2-year-old child has twice as many synapses in the brain as an adult. The young brain must use use these connections or lose them."

"They can learn as many as spoken languages as you can allow them to hear systematically and regularly at the same time. Children just have this capacity."

It is clearly that foreign language should be taught in elementary school, if not before.

Foreign language study leads to increased cognitive skills

1. Enrich children's cognitive abilities and enhances their mental development

2. Cultivate creative skills

3. Expand problem-solving skills and critical thinking

Foreign language study is linked with higher achievement in other academic areas

1. Develop new perspectives and depth of understanding about the vocabulary and structure of their first language

2. Positive correlation with higher grades in subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies

3. Higher SAT and ACT scores

4. Provides a head start in language requirements for college

Foreign language study opens eyes to the world

1. Give a child ability to communicate with people from different countries they may not know

2. Give a child opportunities to know about other cultures

3. Cultivate a child's global thinking and appreciation for different people from other countries

Chinese immersion in action

Chinese Immersion at Franklin Elementary

Foreign language learning across the countries

We do not want our kids left behind
Only 18% of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53% of Europeans can converse in a second language.

Foreign language empower our kids with global competitiveness. Foreign language understanding is road-map to success.

Learning a second language is a way to become a better thinker, a more confident learner, a more flexible communicator, a more adept problem-solver, to become more fully human