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New language learning pathways to be offered by FUESD

FALLBROOK – For the 2010-2011 school year, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) will be providing three new world language programs. The new programs include Dual Immersion, Mandarin Enrichment and International Scholars.

The Dual Immersion program will allow kindergarten students from all language backgrounds to learn English and Spanish through an educational program which provides 50 percent of daily instruction in English and 50 percent of daily instruction in Spanish. Students will continue in this 50/50 instructional model in kindergarten through grade six enabling them to fully develop social and academic proficiencies in both English and Spanish.

The Mandarin Enrichment program will provide students with the unique opportunity to develop skills in Mandarin Chinese. Students in the program will receive weekly lessons integrated with grade level content themes. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language and participating students will enjoy challenging and engaging activities while developing their listening and speaking skills in Mandarin.

Through the International Scholars program, teachers will weave the introduction of a variety of global languages, cultures, traditions, and geography into the classroom curriculum. Each grade level will study particular themes related to different countries and integrated with core subjects throughout the school year.

Multiculturalism and global awareness are strongly emphasized as students will participate in a wide variety of learning experiences which are designed to support their grade level content learning in fun, interesting and diverse ways.

With the implementation of these new learning pathways for students, FUESD will help students develop world language competencies, respect for themselves and their local community and culture, as well as an understanding of diverse cultures and communities around the world.

For more information, contact the FUESD State & Federal Programs Office at (760) 731-5416.


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