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Spanish continues to be the most common foreign language taught in elementary schools.
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Strategies & Methodology

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Materials & Curricula

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Student Assessment

Find information on how to assess students' foreign language skills.

Types of Programs

Regular FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) Programs
FLES programs concentrate on the development of listening and speaking skills and on cultural awareness.

Content-Based FLES Programs
A variation of FLES, these programs use the foreign language to teach some subject content from the regular school curriculum.

Immersion Programs
Immersion programs use a second language to teach all or parts of the academic curriculum.

An Easy-to-Read Chart
This chart summarizes the goals and characteristics of each program type.


Updated December 13, 2013