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Could anyone tell me when foreign language instruction starts in Texas? Judson ISD in particular.<br><br>
I'm concerned about ds not starting early enough. Aaragon Spanish Academy is $125 a month for <i>one</i> day a week. I'm planning on doing Muzzy but dh wanted me to put it off because ds won't have anyone to reinforce it with him because "you learn by conversing"; though I plan on learning it with him.<br><br>
I started spanish in 7th grade. The extent of my conversation would be "What's your name? How are you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Could anyone tell me when foreign language instruction starts in Texas? Judson ISD in particular.<br><br>
I'm concerned about ds not starting early enough. Aaragon Spanish Academy is $125 a month for <i>one</i> day a week. I'm planning on doing Muzzy but dh wanted me to put it off because ds won't have anyone to reinforce it with him because "you learn by conversing"; though I plan on learning it with him.<br><br>
I started spanish in 7th grade. The extent of my conversation would be "What's your name? How are you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:</div>
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It varies by district and school and program.<br><br>
There are some dual language schools where children take their academic classes in another language.<br><br>
There are some schools where languages are a magnet and started in elem. school.<br><br>
There are some schools where languages are an extra class in elem that everyone rotates through (like music, art, etc)<br><br>
There are some schools where languages begin in middle school (usually 7th grade)<br><br>
There are some schools where languages only begin in middle school for students in special programs.<br><br>
The only sure thing is that some language is offered by high school. Though which languages and how many will vary just as much as the above.<br><br>
Sorry- not a lot of help, eh?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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You can borrow tapes/cds/videos from the library and learn together. I bet your Spanish may come back to you.<br><br>
We had language lessons in Music class all through elementary. But it was only very basic from what I remember. I was in the Cy-Fair district. I didn't start taking official language classes until high school. I was able to study on my own over the summer and place out of the 2nd and 3rd year. And move into 4th year. At university, my French prof begged me to double major in French. I got a minor instead, but I wish I would have double majored.<br><br>
I guess my point is, giftedness with language can be separate from when you begin instruction. But fluency can be acheived in some individuals even learning later. And though I see this more commonly in Americans, a few people only ever achieve fluency in one language.<br><br>
There is also an online or computer based program....blanking on the name, but evidently some libraries also have free-access to it.
 

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I wish it was mandatory for all kids to learn a 2nd language starting in kinder. My kids speak English, but MANY of dd's Pre-K classmates speak only Spanish. Those kids are FORCED to learn another language. why not the same for the English-speaking kids? Her teacher is bilingual, which I love. I just wish dd would hear it more often. I don't have the money for foreign language lessons. (Although, how foreign is it? We live in Texas, for crying out loud!)
 
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