FLES Program Philosophy

  •        Cold Spring Harbor Schools FLES  Program Philosophy

    (Foreign Language in the Elementary School)

    Borrowed from and created by Jessica Haxhi, FLES teacher


    We want our students to:

    • love studying a foreign language.
    • love learning Spanish.
    • develop a range of skills necessary for becoming proficient in any foreign language, such as looking for clues, interpreting words in context, and dealing with “foreign" situations.
    • develop good communication skills for any situation, such as listening carefully. 
    • feel comfortable speaking in Spanish, to native speakers, non-native speakers, and their friends.                     
    • have a sense of the concept of culture in general and Spanish culture in particular.                                         
    • develop their knowledge of their own culture and language through learning about another language.                   
    • want to learn more about Spanish-speaking countries and Spanish-speaking people.

    We have to remember:

    • that our students are young children.
    • that our student has formal Spanish instruction two times a week for 30 minutes.
    • that any activity we create must be interesting and comprehensible for our students. 

    Therefore, we:

    • speak Spanish about 90% of the class time.
    • establish a friendly, low-stress, yet disciplined classroom so that everyone has a safe environment in which to learn.
    • encourage students to use Spanish whenever possible.
    • give our students hints if they have trouble remembering a word.
    • create units that are age-appropriate and fun, with a strong beginning, middle, and end (like a story!)
    • create lessons that incorporate language, culture, comparisons, and subject area content.
    • introduce students to a variety of cultural games, items, crafts, songs, holidays, and customs.                                  
    • give students an opportunity to use what they learn outside the classroom, through homework challenges, take-home projects, and a comprehensive website.



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