eSchool News offers the white paper, “Bringing World Language Education to Everyone”. You can download the paper free, but you’ll need to sign in/sign up. The paper tells how Weybridge Elementary School in Vermont brought Spanish into its curriculum. Leaders in the school knew that early language learning was key to language learning but were worried about the expense of bringing such programs into their school in addition to the availability of teachers. Weybridge teamed with Middlebury Interactive to provide a language-learning program that could be accessed both at home and at school.
For schools interested in other languages, Middlebury Interactive offers Chinese, German, Latin, and French as well as Spanish. In a Johns Hopkins Center for Research and Reform in Education study of Middlebury Interactive programs, feedback from teachers was “overwhelmingly positive” and the courses were said to be “very successful in promoting cultural awareness and appreciation and growing language proficiency. A free demo is available.