• World Languages K-8 FLES Models

    FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) has many variations, but what they all have in common is that they are sequential, cumulative, continuous over several years of instruction, and proficiency-oriented.
     
       
    Program Type Percent of Class Time spent in World Language Goals
    Content-Based/ Content-Enriched FLES

    Starting at any elementary grade level, but continuous from grade to grade and articulated to high school)
    15-50%

    Time spent learning language per se as well as learning subject matter in the world language.
    To acquire proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the world language.

    To acquire an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.

    To use subject content as a vehicle for acquiring world language skills.
    FLES

    Starting at any elementary grade level, but continuous from grade to grade and articulated to high school.
    10-20%

    Minimum of 30-40 minutes per class, 3-5 days per week. More time in language equates to higher levels of language acquisition.
    To acquire proficiency in listening, and speaking (degree of proficiency varies with the program).

    To acquire an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.

    To acquire some proficiency in reading and writing (emphasis varies with the program.)
    Typical Middle School

    7th and 8th grade sequenced, articulated program

    This model could be easily adapted to spread over 3 or 4 years instead of 2, e.g., 6th, 7th, and 8th.
    40–50 minute periods, 5 days per week.
    To acquire proficiency in listening, speaking, reading & writing to a minimum proficiency level at which the student would successfully articulate to 2nd year in high school.

    To acquire an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.