Spanish FLES/LTC Program

Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) / Language through Content (LTC)

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.

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