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ERIC Number: EJ1172866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Language Education in Elementary Schools: Meeting the Needs of the Nation
Rubio, Fernando
Foreign Language Annals, v51 n1 p90-103 Spr 2018
This article briefly reviews the social, political, and economic context that explains the present status of elementary language education in the United States and addresses the challenges identified by recent reports on the state of language education in the United States. Different curricular models of world language education--exploratory, sequential, and immersion--are discussed in regard to their ability to meet the need, expressed by the profession, to provide universal access to language education and produce graduates who have advanced levels of language proficiency. The article argues that in order to be successful, elementary programs have to be built with support and input from a variety of stakeholders, with careful consideration of the financial and human resources needed and with long-term articulation plans. A state-supported immersion program is used to illustrate how the integration of all these factors can lead to successful and scalable programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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