As part of their senior project, two high school seniors have developed a plan of advocacy for early foreign language learning in their district elementary schools.
At Falmouth High School, seniors Vanasa Liu and Anastasiya Yakovleva presented their conclusions in support of early foreign language learning to the Falmouth School Committee.
Their senior project goals included communicating their ideas to school administration and community. Anastasiya started an afterschool French class.
Both girls have experience with early language education. Vanasa spoke English and Chinese as a child. However, when she started Spanish in 7th grade, she found it was a struggle. “I still don’t have the ability to have a long in-depth conversation,” she said. “Five years is not enough time to learn fluency.”
In the United States, foreign language instruction begins in middle school or high school. In Europe and Asia, instruction begins in elementary school.