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Title: At Hillside Elementary School

  • At Hillside Elementary School
  • Presented by
  • Colette Tutino Smith

What is FLES?
  • FLES stands for Foreign Language in Elementary
  • A FLES program allows students to learn a foreign
    language through the natural order of language
    acquisition comprehension, speaking, reading and
  • In FLES classes students learn grammar indirectly
    by using the language to communicate. They also
    become aware of Spanish-speaking cultures through
    a variety of lessons and activities in which they
    learn to compare, contrast and appreciate
    cultural differences and similarities.

How are FLES classes taught?
  • FLES classes at Hillside are taught for 30
    minutes each. Classes meet twice in the six day
    (A-F) cycle.
  • A variety of activities are used to foster use of
    the target language and allow children the
    opportunity to experience both the Spanish
    language and culture.
  • Students acquire and practice the language
    through the use of visuals, songs and
    manipulatives and by acting, listening, reading,
    writing, participating in peer conversations,
    role-playing, playing games, creating and
    viewing presentations and through TPR (total
    physical response).

FLES Teaching Tools
  • Visuals
  • Actions
  • TPR- total physical response
  • Songs
  • Conversations
  • Dialogues
  • Role-plays
  • Games
  • Puppets
  • Smartboard Technology
  • During each FLES lesson students are acquiring
    the language through a variety of visual,
    auditory, peer and kinesthetic activities.
  • Students are always hearing and speaking the
    language and they begin to read and write in
    Spanish as they progress through the program.

What is our goal?
  • In keeping with the philosophy espoused in the
    New York State LOTE Syllabus, we believe that
    language is our connection to the community and
    to the world. Through language, we express
    concerns and dreams and share experiences and
    ideas. The benefits derived from the study of a
    second language are numerous. Empirical findings
    indicate that second language study
  • fosters a sense of humanity and friendship
  • increases students' adaptability to different
    environments and modes of acting and thinking
  • furnishes the key to thinking patterns, cultures,
    and social institutions for other peoples
  • provides insights into the human mind and
    language itself
  • prepares students for a world in which nations
    and peoples are increasingly interdependent
  • develops the skills and habits essential to the
    learning process, creative inquiry, and critical
  • helps students to increase their sensitivity to
    and understanding of the language, values,
    customs, and traditions of others
  • enhances career and professional advancement
  • We believe that all students should be exposed
    to world language learning beginning at the
    kindergarten level. The four communication skills
    of speaking, listening, reading and writing
    should be presented through a curriculum that
    integrates oral skills, accuracy of expression
    and cultural awareness. Our goal is for our
    students to acquire proficiencies in all aspects
    of the target language for meaningful
    communication as stated in the New York State and
    National Standards.

What are the NYS LOTE standards?
  • New York State Standards for
  • Languages Other Than English (NYS LOTE)
  • Standard 1 Students will be able to use a
    language other than English for communication.
  • Standard 2 Students will develop cross-cultural
    skills and understandings.

What are the National Standards?
The National Standards for Foreign Language
Education Five Cs of Foreign Language Education
  • 1. Communication is the heart of second
    language study, whether the communication takes
    place face-to-face, in writing, or across
    centuries through the reading of literature.
  • 2. Through the study of other languages,
    students gain a knowledge and understanding of
    the cultures that use that language and, in fact,
    cannot truly master the language until they have
    also mastered the cultural contexts in which the
    language occurs.
  • 3. Learning language provides connections to
    additional bodies of knowledge that may be
    unavailable to the monolingual English speaker.
  • 4. Through comparisons and contrasts with the
    language being studied, students develop insight
    into the nature of language and the concept of
    culture and realize that there are multiple ways
    of viewing the world.
  • 5. Together, these elements enable the
    student of languages to participate in
    multilingual communities at home and around the
    world in a variety of contexts and in culturally
    appropriate ways.

FLES from K-4th grade
  • Kindergarten Units
  • Getting to Know You
  • Colors
  • Numbers 0-10
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Parts of the Body
  • Mexico and
  • Cinco de mayo
  • First Grade Units
  • Getting to Know You
  • and review of K units
  • Numbers 0-20
  • Weather
  • Clothing
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Beverages

FLES from K-4th grade
  • Second Grade Units
  • Getting to Know You and review of K and 1 units
  • Numbers 0-30
  • Puerto Rico
  • Clothing (extended from grade 1)
  • Weather (extended from grade 1)
  • Third Grade Units
  • Review of grade 2 units
  • Numbers 0-50
  • Introduction to Latin America
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador

FLES from K-4th grade
  • Fourth Grade Units
  • Review of Grade 3 units
  • Numbers 0-100
  • Spain
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Pastimes and Sports

FLES from K-4th grade
Throughout all grade levels and units of study
students are constantly reviewing Getting to
Know You questions and answers, numbers, colors,
weather and the calendar. In addition, to help
them reach cultural awareness, students are
studying important Holidays/traditions in
Spanish- speaking countries as they come about
during the school year. FLES lessons are also
tailored to make connections to previously
learned material as well as other subject areas
such as Math, Science, Art, Social Studies and
FLES Assesments
  • Students are informally assessed based on their
    participation and comprehension of daily class
  • Students are formally evaluated, periodically,
    through oral and auditory assessments
    (conversations and listening activities).
  • Students also complete written assessments that
    include projects such as the All About Me
    book/poster, passport project, travel brochure,
    group presentations and menu project.

FLES in Action
  • Please enjoy a sample Smartboard lesson
  • and video clip of your students at work!
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