FLES at Cedar Lane Elementary School
What is FLES?
FLES is an acronym for foreign language in the elementary school. LCPS Spanish FLES program currently provides instruction to students in grades 4-5.
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.This year, all Loudoun County Public School students in grades 4th and 5th will receive 30 minutes a week of instruction.