ERIC Number: EJ732365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Study in Elementary Schools: Benefits and Implications for Achievement in Reading and Math
Stewart, Janice Hostler
Early Childhood Education Journal, v33 n1 p11-16 Aug 2005
Educators and policy makers in many countries have been expressing concern about how to improve students' achievement in reading and math. This article explores and proposes a solution: introduce or increase foreign language study in the elementary schools. Research has shown that foreign language study in the early elementary years improves cognitive abilities, positively influences achievement in other disciplines, and results in higher achievement test scores in reading and math. Successful foreign language programs for elementary schools include immersion, FLES, and FLEX programs.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Elementary Education, Immersion Programs, Educational Benefits, Cognitive Ability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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