Core investments by Flagship are improving foreign language learning by promoting:
- Articulation – developing instructional programs that provide pathways that effectively transition students not only year to year, but also from one educational environment to the next. Primary transitions are from elementary to secondary and from secondary to postsecondary.
- Curriculum Enhancement – Flagship begins with the idea that all students should have a meaningful foreign language learning experience. Curricula developed through Flagship K–12 initiative are flexible enough to be adapted to any school environment and provide a student-centered, communicative approach with multiple entry points for language learning.
- Dual-Language Immersion – Elementary programs committing teaching resources to dual language (one half day in English and the other half in the target foreign language) need guidance and research on how to most effectively use the instructional day/year to maximize language usage and acquisition. Through partnerships, The Language Flagship is meeting these needs.
- Language Pedagogy – Meaningful foreign language learning is the result of improved teaching techniques. Flagship language instruction is student-centered, highly communicative and outcome focused.
- Learning Methodology – K–12 foreign language classrooms often face the challenge of large enrollments. Flagship’s approach starts with understanding the learning style of each student and matching communicative approach techniques to meet distinct instructional needs.
- Teacher Preparation – The Language Flagship fosters partnerships between institutions of higher education, state and local education organizations, and associations to facilitate in-service opportunities for teachers to participate in workshops, webinars and other professional development activities.