Starting Foreign Language Learning Early At Madison City Schools
Madison's city school system will soon add foreign language instruction to the curriculum for kindergarten and first-grade classes at its elementary schools. WLRH's Shane Scott recently spoke with Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler, Elementary Instruction Coordinator Judy Warmath, and language instructor Angie Bush about that upcoming change. Starting in January, first-graders are to receive a half-hour of Spanish language instruction each week, and kindergarteners are to receive such instruction once every three weeks. This is intended to be fun for the children, while serving to improve their prospects for all-around academic success. The program's taking cues from one that has been used in the Mountain Brook (Alabama) school system for about twelve years. Madison city school officials hope to expand the program to all elementary grades.