Students at Belvedere learn Spanish as part of the FCPS FLES program
The Foreign Language in the Elementary School program (FLES) is an approach to language learning that allows students to develop basic communicative skills in a language while reinforcing and enriching content in other disciplines. At Belvedere, FLES/Language through Content (LTC) is a type of FLES program in which the target language is taught through Science and Social Studies content. FLES/LTC is carefully integrated into units of inquiry to ensure that students learn a world language through the content areas. The goal of FLES/LTC at Belvedere is to develop students’ language proficiency and 21st-century skills by integrating World Languages into grade level units of inquiry, with a strong emphasis on Science. Generally, students receive 60 minutes of language instruction per week (1st through 3rd grade 30 minutes twice a week, and 4th and 5th grades one hour a week). This model supports the five goal areas of the national standards for world language (communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities) and is aligned with the Virginia SOL for World Languages.