Children should start learning a foreign language in kindergarten and continue through high school,” Redmond says. “Learning languages helps increase listening ability, memory, creativity and critical thinking -? all of which are thinking processes that increase learning in general. ” In addition to developing thinking skills, foreign language study exposes children to other ways of looking at the world, she says. To those who consider foreign language study in elementary school a frill, Redmond stresses that foreign language education supports the core curriculum.
When done right, foreign engage instruction uses themes that support the elementary curriculum including math, science, social studies and language arts. The holistic instructional approach used to teach foreign language incorporates -more- Early Foreign Language, 6/24/04, many different strategies within a lesson, Redmond says. This enriches the learning process and appeals to students’ various learning styles. “This is important in light of the way No Child Left Behind focuses so much attention on the subjects of math, reading and writing due to testing requirements,” Redmond says. The courses that address many different ways of thinking ND learning such as foreign language are being normalized in order to allow adequate time for the courses that are tested. This is leaving less time to include experiences and instruction that provide a well-rounded curriculum and educate the whole child. ” “Correlation studies show students who have had several years of foreign language do better on Stats, particularly the verbal part,” Redmond says. Becoming fluent in foreign language takes years, although children tend to absorb foreign languages more easily than older students and adults, she says.
She emphasizes the importance of an uninterrupted sequence of foreign language study in grades K-1 2 to gain the level of proficiency needed to communicate with people around the world in other languages. Starting early can translate into an advantage in the work force, too, Redmond says. “The work force has an increased demand for people who can speak foreign languages at a sophisticated level, she says. “This is not limited to the corporate world. Employers are looking for mechanics, social workers and medical professionals, too. Parents are becoming more aware of the value of early language to the cognitive learning of the child.
But, most of the legislators are still in the mindset of 25 years ago, not -more- Early Foreign Language, 6/24/04, 3. Recognizing what neurologists have learned about what learning language does for the brain. ” If their child’s elementary school does not offer an early foreign language program, Redmond suggests that parents learn about programs in the elementary grades used by other school systems. She recommends finding out how much classroom time is devoted to foreign language study and how well lessons incorporate content areas like math, science and social studies.
Then, parents can advocate building the foreign language program in their child’s school. “School administrators have to think out of the box and look at foreign language study as a regular part of the curriculum,” Redmond says. “Parents can help. ” “For the elementary grades, using games, stuffed animals, puppets, giant storybooks and other visual, hands-on approaches work well in teaching languages,” says Redmond, who edited the 1999 book, “Teacher to Teacher: Model Lessons for K-8 Foreign Language. ” Effective language instruction needs to involve more than colors, numbers and shapes, she says.
Redmond has taught French in the elementary grades through the university level and has served as a consultant to school districts in the development of the K-12 foreign language curriculum. She leads an annual language- immersion summer camp for children in grades 1-6. Http://www. WFM. Dude/WFM news/20TH/062404r. HTML This is the print preview: Back to normal view ?»[-;2] Foreign Language Education Improves Young Students’ Academic SUccess Box Boyish Benson posted: 12/05/2012 1 1:56 am EST In the not so distant future, speaking a foreign may be yet another thing elementary school children can do with ease.
Take for instance Utah and Delaware, where state money is being used to implement foreign language immersion programs. This is in light of the U. S. Dept. Of Education’s recent zeroing out of federal dollars for foreign language programming. Foreign language immersion refers to a process of instruction in which students learn a second language and such second language is used as medium to teach the school’s curriculum. In other words, classroom instruction is done only through the second language being taught. We’re sort of in a strange situation where we see these pockets of support as well as some interesting roosts phenomenon with respect to language instruction,” Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Language and International (JINN-INCISE) Executive Director William P. Rivers told vocal. “There are new Chinese programs popping up in high schools in Mississippi in part because of the Language Flagship program. There are summer language camps called STALWART that are funded by the Director of National Intelligence’s office. JINN-INCISE has a mission plan of ensuring Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language, to advance the language profession in the U. S. , and to raise awareness about the importance of language and international education. In fact, a 2008 Center for Applied Linguistics study showed that 25 percent of elementary schools, 58 percent of middle schools and 91 percent of high schools offer foreign language instruction.
Benefits of foreign language immersion Rivers admitted data on foreign language immersion of elementary age school children is minimal, but a new study kicked off this past summer in Portland, Ore. By the American Councils for International Education and nonprofit think-tank Rand Corp.. The three-year review is being funded by a 1. 7 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. “The results generally show the more language kids get, the more striking the results are,” Rivers said. ‘They score better on all sorts of standardized measures, whether its first language literacy, mathematics and more. And there’s lots of other data on socio-economic outcome. People who speak a foreign language tend to make more money. Something like 3 percent on average regardless of the field, assuming they also speak English. ” The notion of elementary school foreign language immersion is being driven y forward-thinking educators, government officials and business leaders. For proof, look no further than the languages catering to the global marketplace.
Naturally, Spanish remains popular but programs across the country include Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese and Korean. Moving forward, Rivers said polling data over the past decade shows there is momentum behind K-12 foreign language programming. This is due to America’s ever-increasing diverse society. “The demographics are going to push that but it’s going to be kind of a longer timeshare than some of my colleagues would like in terms of seeing to just increased support for foreign languages but increased foreign language programming in our schools,” Rivers said. Always countervailing tendencies such as budgetary and curricular pressures that kind of push back on being able to put foreign language in but overall looking down the road we have a pretty bright future. ” Originally published by Box[- as Foreign language immersion improves chances of student http://www. Huffiness’s. Com/2012/1 2/05/foreign-langue age-education- ; Stay Top of Form Bottom of Form Par 11 2012 | Posted by Kelsey Foreign Language for Elementary Schools [-39]
In most countries around the world, children grow up learning at least two languages, if not more. Being bilingual creates infinite opportunities for one’s future. In this increasingly connected society it is important to be able to communicate with people of various backgrounds. The necessity of not only attaining the ability to interact with people of other cultures as well as being educated on their customs has increased significantly over the years. With the recent recession, and Massachusetts current unemployment rate of 6. %, which is considerably higher than past years it is more important than ever or adolescents to develop their skills through education in order to achieve success in the future; therefore, the opportunity to begin learning a foreign language should be offered at the elementary school level. An extensive amount of career fields-?including marketing law enforcement, government, and health care-?are in need of bilingual individuals. To become a prime candidate for a career in many fields, it is ideal to be fluent in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, or Arabic.
When making business transactions, companies will save money by eliminating the necessity for a translator if heir colleagues are fluent in the same language and familiar with the culture. Directly communicating in a common language will also increase efficiency and can even make companies more interested in completing transactions. The younger a child is taught a second language the more fluent they will become in the future. A Newsweek article said, “A child taught a second language after the age of 10 or so is unlikely ever to speak it like a native. TO increase the difficulty of learning a new language at an inopportune time, students also have to deal with other pressures of high school on a day to day Asia. So what is stopping the school system from implementing foreign language studies on the elementary school level? The problem lies within the budget. Recent proposals have been made to eliminate foreign languages from the middle school level, prolonging the student’s capability to develop a second language.
Introducing foreign languages at an earlier age will also allow students to decide which language they want to pursue in high school. They have more time to switch language courses if they decide the language they are taking is not what they want to study in the future. 007 advocate for foreign language classes prior to high school, Brian Gay, said that “My exposure to foreign language in middle school helped me immensely with my subsequent academic career. ” Many alumni like him have expressed their strong opinions to maintain foreign language classes for younger grades.