ERIC Number: ED168301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Elementary School: The Optimum Time for Foreign Language Learning.
Davenport, Linda Y.
The teaching of foreign languages in the elementary school (FLES) as an integral part of the elementary curriculum has met with varied success in the U.S., despite increasing evidence that young children are capable of learning to speak a foreign language with less effort and more success than any other age group. The earliest FLES programs date to 1840, and since then, their incorporation into school curriculums and acceptance by communities has experienced dramatic fluctuation in the U.S. in general and in Texas in particular. The Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, has maintained a strong FLES Spanish program despite negative trends. The success of the Ysleta FLES program can be traced to competent handling of such problems as community support and appropriate funding, the availability of qualified teachers, the use of comprehensive, updated instructional materials, with supplementary activities that are constantly being evaluated, and the need to articulate FLES with upper level Spanish programs. FLES holds a promise to the student who wishes to become a functioning bilingual upon graduation from high school. (Author/MHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ysleta Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the joint conference of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching and the Texas Foreign Language Association (San Antonio, Texas, October, 1978)