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Ñandutí is a comprehensive resource on foreign language teaching and learning in grades preK-8. Based on the premise that learning another language is beneficial and that students of all ages can learn a language, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), in conjunction with the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center at Iowa State University, offers a variety of resources on this site for teachers and parents interested in children learning foreign languages.
Benefits of Being Bilingual
Research suggests that children who learn a second language are more creative and better at solving complex problems than those who do not and tend to achieve higher scores on standardized tests. Read More
Publications of Interest
Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey. This comprehensive survey of K-12 foreign language programs nationwide describes how our schools are meeting the need for language instruction to prepare global citizens. Click here for the Executive Summary. Order online at the CAL Store.
Language by Video: An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for Children describes how foreign language instructional videos are used in a variety of settings as a supplement or alternative to traditional foreign language instruction with elementary school students.
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