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Foreign Language Task Force's Recommendation This Tuesday Night

Original post made by Paul Losch, Community Center, on Jan 14, 2008

The foregin language task force that was established late last year has submitted its report to the Board of Education as part of the packet for the Janaury 16 meeting. It can be found on the PAUSD web site.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 15, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Paul,

Thanks for the update. Reasonable recommendations as far as they go--FLEX seemed like the worst of both worlds.

I would have preferred something a bit more optional--augmented afterschool programs with summer-school immersion. It seems to me that it would be a bit more efficient than trying to figure out which foreign language for which school. We're an increasingly multilingual community. I can't think of six different languages that are the first or second languages of kids in my kid's class.

Still, it's not unreasonable and takes into account that it does take a decent weekly commitment to learn a language.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2008 at 9:10 am

There is also the mention of implementation of the classes as part of library time which is an option I haven't heard before and although I can't quite picture it, it sounds like a great idea. I want to hear more on that.

The other thing that I haven't seen mentioned is that regardless of what language is chosen, there will always be someone in most classes that already speaks that language at home and what will happen to these kids. I know that ELL and Special Ed kids are mentioned, but I see nothing about what will happen to those who (a) already have a foreign language and (b) those that have the chosen language as a first language.


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