FLES - How should we implement it?
Original post made by Tired Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 1, 2007
How should we implement a FLES program? Should it be incorporated into the school day, extending the day by 20 mins., a straight after school elective program, or what? Should it be run by the District with accredited traveling teachers, perhaps partially funded by PTA or whatever funds? Should children move classrooms to be with peers of similar skill level, regardless of grade level?
I think these questions are important because I know that language skills vary from child to child and if and when we start a FLES program we have the opportunity to be innovative and think outside the box. If we start a new program we can get the best up to date language learning methods without having to throw out old well established methods. The methods I learnt with didn't work for me, although many of my classmates did much better with them. The language labs of the 70s and 80s are now outdated and we can come up with much better methods. Lets look at what we want and be able to tell the Board such.