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ERIC Number: EJ1104157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Advocacy Feature: School Cut Back on Foreign Language Classes--Emphasis Shifts to ABC Tests
Silberman, Todd
Learning Languages, v9 n2 p6-7 Spr 2004
In a state (North Carolina, 2006) that once pushed foreign language lessons as early as kindergarten, there has been a steady curtailing of instruction in second languages to devote more time and effort to basic reading and math instruction in English, two subjects heavily tested under the state's ABCs and federal No Child Left Behind accountability rules. Schools are converting teaching positions earmarked for foreign languages to extra reading teachers, technology specialists, and instructors for students learning English as a second language. The impact is that this loss reduces the ability of young students to become fluent in a second language. As districts push second language learning to middle schools and high schools, advocates point out that little prior instruction leaves students unprepared to communicate and compete in the world. Students who start early are more likely to develop fluency and better pronunciation, as young children's minds are like a sponge, and can pick up things much easier. [Reprinted with permission of "The News & Observer" of Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb 23, 2004.]
National Network for Early Language Learning. Winston-Salem, NC. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A