Bilingualism: Foreign Languages in elementary schools
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From Second Language Learning to Bilingualism in Schools

From Second Language Learning to Bilingualism in Schools | Bilingualism: Foreign Languages in elementary schools | Scoop.it
How second language learning has evolved over time

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Rita Rosenback's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:12 AM

Absolutely agree - schools should take a more active role in promoting bilingualism.

Sam Moriarty's comment, January 26, 2014 2:51 PM
Based on my experiences with Spanish, I find this article relevant and truthful. I learned Spanish in a traditional setting throughout school, but always lacked practice outside of the classroom. When I studied abroad in Spain last quarter, this all changed. Not only were all of my classes taught in Spanish, but the woman I lived with only spoke Spanish. I strongly believe immersion and dual-language programs should continue to be instituted in schools across the United States. While abroad, I also met with an "intercambio," who was a Spanish college student trying to learn English. He would speak English to me and I would speak Spanish back, and we would correct one another. After being back in the US for just over a month now, I already feel as though I have lost some of my proficiency because I am no longer consistently practicing my Spanish in a variety of environments.
Rita Rosenback's comment, January 26, 2014 3:10 PM
Yes, interaction is the key to learning (and keeping) a language. Staying in touch via Skype can go some way towards maintaining the proficiency - maybe you could continue your English/Spanish conversations (great idea!) over the internet?
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Second Language Immersion Improves Children Academic Success

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In the not so distant future, speaking a foreign language may be yet another thing elementary school children can do with ease. Take for instance Utah and Delaware, where state money is being used to implement foreign language immersion programs.

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Alex Dunbar's curator insight, January 3, 2014 12:10 PM

This is a credible source because it is from a newspaper website, Huffington post. And it also speaks about the benifits and the future about spanish speaking in schools. 

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Foreign language study important in elementary school

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Alex Dunbar's curator insight, January 3, 2014 12:21 PM

This source is from Wake Forest University and it gives many great quotes and information about the topic of foreign language being introduced to students at an earlier age. 

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The Advantages of Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools

The Advantages of Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools | Bilingualism: Foreign Languages in elementary schools | Scoop.it
Twenty-five percent of all elementary schools offer foreign language instruction, according to a study conducted by the Center for Applied Linguistics in 2009. This is a decline of six percent in a ...

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Yesenia Dueñas's comment, January 26, 2014 8:36 PM
I think it's a good idea to incorporate foreign languages in elementary schools. The younger a child is, the easier it will be to learn another language besides their own. I know some friends who took French as a foreign language in high school and it was difficult for them to learn. Therefore, children should start young; I learned both Spanish and English when I was five.
Yesenia Dueñas's comment, January 26, 2014 8:36 PM
*started learning both Spanish and English when I was five.
Ollin Ollin's comment, March 5, 2014 11:23 PM
the case is very strong for bilingual education.
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Camden-Rockport Elementary School - Why Should Young Children Learn a Foreign Language?


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Alex Dunbar's curator insight, January 3, 2014 12:24 PM

This source is from an elementary schools website and it states many good points as to why foreign langages should be introduced at a younger age