FLES: Give our Children the World

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FLES: Give our Children the World

Let's see what the kids have to say . . .

1. Children, before the age of ten, are able to master the pronunciation of a foreign language.

2. Children who have studied a foreign language show greater cognitive thinking in such areas as flexibility, creativity and divergent thinking.

3. Children who have studied a foreign language develop a sense of openness to different people, and an appreciation of other cultures.

4. If the study of a foreign language is continued in secondary school and beyond, there is a favorable result on the AP examination, and at the university level.

5. Children who study a foreign language have a positive self-image and an impression of success at school.

6. Those children who studied a foreign language have better results on standardized tests (in English) in reading, language, arts and mathematics than those who have not studied a foreign language.

7. Because of the results of brain researchers, we know that children learning a foreign language use a language acquisition area of the brain, before the age of 10; Those who begin later use a different area of the brain which is not the language acquisition area.

What academic and cognitave benefits are our students missing out on if they do not learn another language?

FLES:Give our Children the World


2010, Dr. Gladys Lipton

In an age of global interdependence and an increasingly multicultural and multiethnic society, early foreign language study gives children unique insight into other cultures and builds their cultural competency skills in a way that no other discipline is able to do.

Foreign Language in Elementary Schools




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