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Did you know your child is learning Spanish this year?

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Did you know that your child is learning Spanish at school? The FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools) Program began this year. FLES is an immersion program that springboards foreign language proficiency by grade 12.

I.  FLES Programs Expectations

  • All 1st graders receive 20 minutes of FLES instruction (Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays).
  • The curriculum was developed based on the Massachusetts Department of Education framework for foreign languages, the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and the curriculum already being taught in first grade.
  • Students focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing and presentation skills.
  • Regular classroom teachers are participating in the Spanish instruction—they are actively engaged in the language acquisition as well.
  • FLES curriculum includes art, science, math, language arts and spelling, ALL IN SPANISH.

II.  FLES Program Classroom Activities

Since we began, your child has learned how to:

  • Greet a friend in Spanish: Ask your child how to greet a friend or to sing you the “Buenos días song”
  • Tell someone their name: Me llamo …
  • Follow simple commands and rules: Ask your child about playing “Simón dice.”
  • They can tell you what sounds the letter “H” and the letter “LL” make in Spanish: Ask your child to do the cheer for each letter.

For the rest of the unit we will practice writing and presenting what we have learned as well as learn how to tell a friend where we are from using “Soy de” (as in Soy de Sharon, Soy de Boston).

III. Contact Information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Emily Van Vaerenewyck, FLES teacher at Cottage and East elementary schools:
  • Autumn Andrade-de León, FLES Facilitator and teacher at Heights Elementary school: or

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