Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages

World Languages

Foreign Language in Elementary Grades Program (FLES)

The early study of a second language offers many benefits for students including academic achievement, positive attitudes toward diversity, flexibility in thinking, sensitivity to language, and increases in self-esteem and creativity.

The youngest brains have the greatest aptitude for absorbing language and that someone who is bilingual at a young age will have an easier time learning a third or fourth language later on.

An unofficial list of FLES programs in NYS External Link

Information on teacher certification for foreign languages

Last Updated: December 10, 2014