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How to Bolster Budding Language Skills

If your school does not offer foreign language programs in the early grades, take heart and take the lead!

Parent groups who can garner community interest and support for starting elementary language programs in their schools can get guidance and start-up details from the following resources:

  1. Resources on Foreign Language Learning in Grades K-8. The Nanduti website sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Brown University Regional Educational Lab at www.cal.org/earlylang

  2. The National Network for Early Language Learning at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. E mail nnell@cal.org, or phone 202-362-0700.

  3. The FLES Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, by fax at 301-230-2652.

  4. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages at www.actfl.org
Learning a foreign language is an age-appropriate, sensory-rich endeavor that paves the way to stronger language skills even for preschoolers. There is also no better time than right now to engage Claudia in lessons that will deepen her understanding and respect for other cultures. And keep her happily working on phonics and reading far beyond first grade. Andiamo!


From Teacher Says by Evelyn Porreca Vuko. Copyright © 2004. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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