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M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald


Elementary schools--Curricula; Language and languages--Study and teaching


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to discover and evaluate the effectiveness of a World Language Program on the elementary students of St. James Regional School using a schoolwide action research design. This study's result were formulated into an evaluation to parents, teachers, and administrations on the progress of a FLES Language Program.

This project took place at a small Catholic elementary school consisting of the students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. This school is small and located in an economically depressed area. There is little exposure to foreign language in the community and none has been taught in the school.

The parents were asked to complete a questionnaire about previous knowledge of the Spanish language. The teachers were asked to observe students progress, and the students themselves were interviewed. The data collected from teacher, parents, and students was analyzed to learn if the students were responsive to this FLES Program.

The study seems to indicate that the program had a beneficial influence on the students in the school. The students in Kindergarten through 5th grade showed a greater percentage of participation and retention of the new language skills. The students in the upper grades did learn but were not as enthusiastic.