Handbook to Elementary FLES
by Gladys C. Lipton
Published by: Blueprints for Learning, Inc.
Kensington, MD 20891
(c) 2004 Gladys Lipton
From the Back Cover --
Written by Dr. Gladys Lipton, a leading authority in foreign language in the elementary school (FLES*), this new 4th edition of the book gives practical advice on how to establish, maintain, and improve all types of FLES* programs, K-8. Encompassing Sequential FLES, Sequential FLEX, Exploratory and Immersion programs, the text provides expanded content and new information concerning practical research and best practices in the ﬁeld. This 4th edition has invaluable new insights for K-12 methods students and professors, and can be used not only in preservice courses, but in inservice workshops and graduate programs.
Based on her extensive experience in the ﬁeld, Dr. Lipton, whose doctoral dissertation was a research study on FLES* methodology, provides a successful blend of research background information with practical suggestions for implementing national foreign language standards and the performance guidelines. Also included in this 4th edition are valuable recommendations for assessment options, curriculum development, promotion and advocacy, and expanded classroom strategies. Without question, the focus of this new, expanded 4th edition is on the “practical,” the “down-to-earth,” the “common sense” approach to successful FLES* programs, which Dr. Lipton uses when she serves as a consultant for many schools (public and private) and school districts. This 4th edition presents straightforward suggestions for the most practical avenues toward achieving superior FLES* programs.
About the Author --
Gladys Lipton, currently Director of the National FLES* Institute
(K-12), is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the
teaching and learning of FLES*. A highly successful practitioner and
scholar, Dr. Lipton has taught and supervised foreign languages on all
school levels in
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