Second Language Learning

In order to encourage global citizenry, OA emphasizes secondary language learning at all grade levels. Foreign Language in Elementary Grades Program (FLES) shows that 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 someone who is bilingual at a young age will have an easier time learning a third or fourth language later on. In kindergarten, OA students will learn basic vocabulary, and incorporate it into their daily learning tasks across disciplines. Second language lessons will be held daily in response to the recommendations of the FLES program of regular and frequent direct instruction.