Fairfax County Schools-Registration for Language Immersion Programs Underway

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

TV ImageWhen I was in elementary school in Fairfax County Virginia a decision was made to pull a few of us out of class and sit us in front of a TV to learn French. The program only lasted for half a year but today the only French I even remotely know came from sitting in front of that TV. 

Today in  Fairfax County parents have the option of enrolling their elementary schools students in a half day language immersion program. Unlike when I was in school or even when my kids were in Fairfax County Schools students are not taught just the language at their chosen school but are actually taught all of the regular academic subjects in a second language. Currently the language immersion program is offered twelve different elementary schools throughout the county with a choice of four languages.


Research has proven that early exposure to a second language leads to a much better chance that the language will be retained and used later in life. When I lived in Japan the neighborhood children where I lived used to stop by after school so that we could all practice our language skills. It was an amusing sight to see, me trying to learn Japanese and the kids practicing English. I guarantee that they now speak much better English due to their young age than I ever did Japanese. Foreign Language sign

The programs offered in Fairfax County elementary schools today include German, Spanish, Japanese and French. When a student finishes sixth grade they have the option to continue studying their chosen language in a more traditional format in intermediate and high school. In addition to the partial immersion elementary school program the county also is offering a Two Way Kindergarten Immersion Program. Different from the half day program this program features a 50/50 split of students sharing and learning new language skills. Half of the students in the class are native Spanish speakers and half of the students are native English speakers. Instruction and interaction is in both languages to develop bi-lingual skills in both groups of native speakers.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR IMMERSION PROGRAMS IS UNDERWAY.  FIRST GRADE PARTIAL IMMERSION REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 5th AND RUNS THROUGH FEB 17th.

REGISTRATION FOR TWO WAY (ENGLISH & SPANISH) KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 5th AND CLOSES MAY 11th.

For more information on these Fairfax County School programs you can check out the Fairfax County School website. It is up to each parent to decide whether these programs are right for their children. It is just one of the reasons that Fairfax County Schools are always given high ratings and Virginia Schools have been rated # 5 in the nation. 

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Janice Roosevelt
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Cindy - I had the same fortunatre expereince only with SPanish - in the 4th grade in Bedfor Inidian. It inspired me to want to become a U.N> interpreter. that Spanish serves me well as I followed it in H.S> then college and now live in a community with many SPanish- speaking immigrants.

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Mara Hawks
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I think a second language should be mandatory, and it IS best and easiest to learn when young and in school. When I lived in S.Africa, where at least 12 languages are retained in the culture, 2 were required in the English-speaking schools (Afrikaans and Xhosa).

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Jim Crawford
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What a great idea!  I think that is a tremendous opportunity for all on so many different levels.  What better time to start than with the young.

Jan 04, 2009 11:51 PM #3
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Janice-learning to speak fluently a second or third language is something that I wish I had taken more seriously when I was young.  I had 6 years of Spanish and then moved to Japan.  No spanish spoken there.  Learned passable Japanese and then moved to Germany and started learning Germany before I returned to the US.  Now there are days when English even escapes me :-)

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Mara-I think the idea of all schools offering a second or third language should be a mandate for the new adminstration. 

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Jim-when my son was little he could go out to the playground in Germany and talk away with all the other local kids.  I was in awe as I struggled through language school!

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