Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES)
The Tarrytown FLES program introduces our elementary students to the Spanish language, primarily through speaking and listening. The program provides the opportunity to introduce Spanish to our students with no previous exposure while giving our students who are heritage speakers a chance to refine and enhance their own linguistic skills. Fundamental, conversational language is taught through the lens of the specific grade-level curriculum to reinforce what students are already learning in other subjects. In an effort to mimic natural language acquisition, the FLES teachers use strategies such as modeling, using visuals and gestures, and conducting the class at least 90% of the time in Spanish. The ultimate goal of the FLES program is to develop students’ love of language learning by making the experience positive, joyful, and inspiring.The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns is excited to be able to offer foreign language in our elementary schools. Students in K-5 receive Spanish instruction 2-3 times a week depending upon their grade level. Our FLES teachers are Maureen Duffy- grades K-1, Odalis Castillo- grades 2 and Opal Gonzalez- grades 3-4.