“Achieving proficiency in a foreign language requires four to six years of study and should, therefore, be started in the elementary grades.”

- FLES, Foreign Language in Elementary School


“Study of another language increases knowledge of one’s native tongue.”

- National Commission on Excellence in Education, (1983)


“Develops skills and habits essential to the learning process, creative inquiry, and critical thinking. Greater academic achievement in other areas of study, including reading, social studies, and mathematics.”

- Curtain, H.Z. & Pesola, C.A., (1988). Languages and Children, Making the Match. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley


“A change in international relations begins with attitudes of trust, cooperation, and community. Study of a foreign language develops a global attitude.”

- Wisconsin Curriculum Planning Guide; Charlottesville CitySchool District, Virginia; Lambert, W.E. & Klineberg, O. (1967). Children’s Views of Foreign People. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts


“The social and economic benefits are changed attitudes, broader opportunities, and cultural enrichment.”

- Silber, E.S. (1991) Critical Issues in Foreign Language Instruction. NY: Garland