in which students come to language class for a specific amount of time each day and learn the language through content (in our case, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
FLES is beneficial because it:
reinforces concepts from other disciplines;
increases awareness of other cultures, peoples and languages;
strengthens knowledge of first language - especially vocabulary and grammar;
FLES is easy and fun for young learners.
Along with learning vocabulary, communicative structures, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students do hands-on experiments, discuss science concepts, create art – all in Spanish! This kind of content-based learning is considered best practice by researchers and supported by our national professional organization, ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
Our aim in the program is to build communicative proficiency, cultural understanding, and to instill a love of languages from an early age!