Chinese FLES/LTC Program
Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) / Language through Content (LTC)
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The Foreign Language in the Elementary School/Language through Content (FLES/LTC) Program helps students learn a world language through Science and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) integrated content. The program provides language learning opportunities to all students in an elementary school from grades K through 6th.
Research studies have indicated that the early study of a second language results in cognitive benefits and gains in academic achievement, as well as increases in self-esteem, creativity, and positive attitudes toward diversity.
The goal of FLES/LTC is to develop students’ language proficiency and 21st-century skills by teaching World Languages through STEAM, with a strong emphasis on Science. Teachers use Project-Based Learning to help students learn another language while developing skills in all areas. Generally, students receive 60 minutes of language instruction per week. This model supports the five goal areas of the national standards for world language (communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities) and is aligned with the Virginia SOL for World Languages.
FLES instruction is proficiency-oriented. This means that there is a greater focus on meaningful and purposeful communication than on grammatical mastery. Students are encouraged first to understand and then to produce in the language.
At Hollin Meadows, students in grades first through sixth receive Chinese instruction through the FLES program for 30 minutes 2 times a week.