In 2006, the PTSD FLES program was launched by community members and foreign language educators due to a growing interest in elementary language instruction. Based on a survey of the community, Spanish was chosen as the target language.
Our program begins in the first grade and continues through sixth grade; after which students are encouraged to pursue a more formalized language instruction at the secondary level. In grades 1-3, FLES classes meet two times a week for thirty minute sessions. In grades 4 and 5, students receive instruction two times in a six day rotation for thirty minutes per class. Our program culminates in the sixth grade where students receive 41 minutes of instruction for 30 classes during a trimester.
Our program aims to provide students with a solid foundation for language learning through content-based instruction. Each grade level explores thematic units that are expanded upon as they move through the program. Upon completion of the FLES program, students have the opportunity to continue language instruction through the AP level in French, German, or Spanish.
The goal of Peters Township FLES program is to develop:
- life-long language learners
- awareness of and appreciation for world languages and cultures
- a foundation for proficiency in the target language
- gateways for multiple language learning
- interdisciplinary connections to the core curriculum
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- a deeper understanding of the English language
- authentic communicative experiences
- curriculum aligned to the ACTFL National Standards for Foreign Language Education: communications, comparisons, communities, connections, and cultures.