AAPS to offer elementary language, BPFLI continues program

How does our program at Burns Park fit with the district's language initiative?

As you may know, the Ann Arbor Public Schools have partnered with the University of Michigan School of Education to provide instruction in world languages to elementary students. Beginning in September 2009, the partnership began to offer Spanish language instruction to third graders in all twenty-one elementary schools; the program now covers grades three through five in all AAPS elementary schools.

How does this impact Burns Park? The District recognized that we have an established Spanish instruction program and agreed that we would continue Spanish instruction for kindergarten and grades one and two.

Some families will question the need to fundraise to support Spanish instruction in the extra grades. Providing Spanish instruction for our kindergarten through second graders will only increase the chance that they will reach our goal of language proficiency. Research shows that younger students are more receptive to the introduction of a second language and significantly more willing to use the language in a social setting than their older peers. The program provided by the District will start our students at the appropriate level in third grade given their advancement in language from studying during their first and second years.

Again we thank you for your past support of the Spanish program at Burns Park and hope that you will continue to support us in the future. If you would like to learn more about the District’s world language program feel free to contact one of us or to contact the program directly at A2LP@umich.edu.

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