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FLES is an acronym for foreign language in the elementary school. LCPS Spanish FLES program currently provides instruction to students in grades 1-5.


The goals of the FLES program are to capture children's ability to learn a second language at an early age, to encourage awareness of cultural differences at an early age, to afford students the opportunity to participate in a global society, and to provide increased readiness for secondary foreign language study.  These goals are grounded on the following principles: 

  • Children acquire language naturally and can readily learn a second language if the environment for the second language is similar to that of the native language environment.
  • Children understand the concept of culture through comparisons of cultures studied with their own.
  • Children reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through second language acquisition.

Since September 2006 , all Loudoun County Public School students in grades 1 through 5 receive Spanish instruction. In grades 1 and 2, instruction will be 30 minutes per week and in grades 3 and 5, instruction will be 60 minutes per week at all schools.

Second language acquisition is considered one of the most powerful “brain builders.” Research shows that children derive many benefits—cognitive, academic, societal -- from early language instruction. Loudoun County School Board’s Six Year Goals which states that Loudoun County Public Schools will be centers of ever-improving teaching and learning for the communities they serve has recognized the importance of second language acquisition and has made it possible for every child to participate in the FLES program.



Last Modified on August 16, 2006