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ERIC Number: ED256171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 8
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A Model FLEX (Foreign Language Experience) Program for the Elementary School.
Wiley, Patricia Davis
Research has documented that the study of a second language in an elementary school may positively affect the young child's general school achievement and linguistic progress, promote superior performance in high school language study, result in significantly higher mental maturity, make children more language-aware, and improve other cognitive skills. In response to requests from the community for elementary school instruction, the Foreign Language Education Department of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) developed a foreign language experience (FLEX) program for the kindergarten and first grades at an elementary school in 1982. Five graduate students from the UTK programs taught the three-quarter elementary Spanish course for college credit, using the Total Physical Response method and conducting classes in Spanish as much as possible. Response to the program by parents, teachers, and students has been positive and enthusiastic, and some interest has been expressed in expanding the program and making it an integral part of the elementary school curriculum. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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