FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (FLES)
Ms. Martinez & Ms. Derk
- To develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish at the beginning stage of language acquisition.
- To provide a meaningful context for developing communication skills in Spanish.
- To build an understanding and appreciation for the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
- To strengthen the language competency of Spanish speaking students (native or heritage speakers).
The purpose of the FLES Spanish Program is:
- To prepare students to begin developing functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
- To provide a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable learning a second language.
- To develop proficiency in oral and written communication in Spanish through the integration of language skills and concepts taught in the content areas.
- To encourage all students to develop an openness, understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
FLES at Carlin Springs
Our FLES Program incorporates personalized learning centers and digital integration into thecurriculum. Students may access these digital tools below. In Grades 3 – 5, FLES instruction will build upon content that focuses upon social studies and science standards. Students in Grades 3-5 will incorporate the use of personalized learning devices to augment and extend their learning of Spanish.
Apps: Educreations, SimpleMind, Chatterpix, Inspiration, ShowMe, Notes, iWork, MS Office
The same URL is used for both Test Takers and Teacher/Proctor: 2016-2017 STAMP Test 5th Grade
Brain Pop (Spanish)
Curriculum and Instructional Materials
The FLES program follows the Arlington FLES curriculum framework, which is aligned with national and state standards. All students in the FLES program have access to high-quality instructional materials to help them develop the desired proficiency. Arlington utilizes a variety of resources, including Descubre el español, the Viva el español series of materials and resources from the National Geographic Language and Literacy en español series. These resources are standards-based and allow for cross-curricular connections.Cross-Curricular ConnectionsThe FLES curriculum in Arlington provides opportunities for making connections between Spanish and other subjects, namely math and science. For example, students in Second Grade practice math skills by counting by 2’s and by 10’s or by making a bar graph of the students’ favorite colors. This allows the students to learn specific vocabulary (colors, in this case) in an authentic context (talking about what they like) while at the same time practicing an important math skill (making and reading bar graphs).In conjunction with the Science Office, curriculum was developed for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade that integrates specific science goals for each year group, aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning, with related content in Spanish.
FLES teachers conduct periodic formative evaluations to determine students’ progress in Spanish. The results of these assessments are used to modify instruction. Students’ language development is assessed more formally twice a year in Kindergarten, at the end of each semester, and quarterly for Grades 1-5 which is reflected in the report card.
Sixth Grade Spanish Options
There are various semester-long options available to students in Sixth Grade:
- Introduction to Spanish for students who are newer to Spanish.
- Transitional Spanish for students who have successfully at least two years of FLES.
- Spanish for Fluent Speakers 6th Grade for students who have native or near-native oral fluency.
These courses are paired with a semester of reading in English. If students are not reading on grade level, they will be recommended to take a year-long reading class. For specific course descriptions and other language options, please refer to the Program of Studies.