Program Models for Introducing World Languages
in Nebraska Elementary Schools
The Essential Education document recommends introductory experiences in world
languages. All elementary students should have access to some type of
world language program. There are many types of models schools can use
depending on the needs and goals of the school and community. The models
range from intensive immersion programs to using international themes
connected to or integrated with other content such as reading, social
studies, art, and music. The use of school, community, state and international
resources is encouraged.
Language and Culture Activities – Students are introduced to one or more
world languages and cultures through a variety of scenarios. These scenarios
could last a week, a month or could be the focus for the year.
language and culture activities are integrated throughout the curriculum
- Focus on themes already used by elementary
teachers and incorporate languages and cultures from countries that
connect to current theme
- Develop international themes connected
to or integrated with other content areas
- Sponsor a World Language Festival
- Heritage Month Celebration
- Celebrate International or World Education
- Supplement activities with video-based
world language instruction
- Secondary and elementary teachers collaborate
to have high school students plan and provide a world language and culture
lesson or unit for elementary students
of models across Nebraska
Classroom Teacher & Para,
Current School Staff
Language Exploration – One or more world languages are introduced which
emphasize functional language and cultural awareness. Students study the
language once or twice a week with time ranging from 20 to 45 minutes.
There may be limited fluency.
Crestridge Elementary School of International/Global Studies
Language Immersion – Teachers and students use the second language throughout
the school day in all content areas. There are variations under the umbrella
of immersion programs such as partial immersion or dual immersion. In
dual immersion all content is taught in English one day and the world
language the next day. Good fluency is expected after four or more years.
World Language – Students study the second language within the parameters
of themes and functional topics for about 30 minutes or more per day for
four or more years. Good theme-related fluency is expected.
- Spanish Curriculum and Support Materials
- Teaching Strategies for Language Integration
into Core Curriculum
- Teaching Language Through Literature
- Lesson and Practice Activities