Foreign Language Curriculum

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The U.S. government has acknowledged the demand for foreign languages, but managed to reduce funds that support language programs for K-12 grades. However, advocates have been emphasizing the importance of learning a foreign language at a younger age to promote the program. School districts have developed a plan to incorporate a foreign language curriculum in grade schools, which is designed to improve communicative competencies. Learning a language at adolescent years helps with the memory, creativity, and critical thinking. Also, students develop a positive attitude towards diversity and are receptive to learning about other cultures.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s the foreign language program in grade schools were

abolished since teachers were not qualified to teach languages. The program also lacked necessary funding as well as adequate policies and guidelines. When implementing a foreign language program the language committee has to incorporate a viable systematic approach that’s structured to teach adolescents. They should engage in exploring a feasible model that would help teachers articulate in the foreign language at various levels. Nevertheless, the language committee should consider professionals who are proficient in the language to avoid future discouragement in students. The ideal language program for elementary schools provides language choices, such as the romance languages (Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian) that play a historical role in today’s society. Student evaluations are recommended to determine the level of proficiency of the language spoken and a minimum of 30 minutes of in class instruction.

According to the American Educational Research Association, a child tends to absorb a language th...

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