Why Study FLES?

Dallas Helzer

LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE AT AN EARLY AGE...

  • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
  • Enriches and enhances a child's mental development.
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • Improves a child's understanding of his/her native language.
  • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people s/he would otherwise not have the chance to know.
  • Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
  • Gives a student a head start in language requirements for college.
  • Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.

FLES in Action!

Iris Becker Elementary School (EDTV)

Better Test Scores!

According to the Louisiana Department of Education, third, fourth, and fifth graders studying languages showed significantly higher scores on the 1985 Basic Skills Language Arts Test than a similar group of nonparticipants. In addition, by fifth grade the math scores of language students were also higher than those of non-language students.

Discovering Languages Month

Foreign Language Requirement in Schools of Other Countries