FSAS has set a goal of raising $75,000 to support the 2012-13 Strategic Grant Award initiative: Love of Language. This exciting proposal is aimed at the elementary school level (K-6) with the goal of making Saline students proficient in a second language.
The Love of Language initiative is an impressive curricular commitment that will provide up to 3 meetings per week for language instruction with at least 90 minutes of contact time with language teachers to develop proficiency. The target language of study has not yet been selected but research indicates the language itself is not as important as the impact acquisition of any second language has on the overall cognitive development of children. Students who study a foreign language for 4 years or more have proven to outperform their peers in standardized testing.
Raising $75,000 to seed the Love of Language initiative is just the beginning. SAS administrators are working now to gather input from parents, teachers, community members, and subject matter experts to build a lasting program for Saline students laying the foundation for them to become successful global citizens.
Foreign language learning is much more a cognitive problem solving activity than a linguistic activity. Studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children.”
—Therese Caccavale, President of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)