Foreign Language Magnet Program

 

 The Foreign Language Academy at Hillcrest Elementary is full of learning. We strive to blend academics and language-study with culture, books, songs, plays, projects, and games.


How Do I Apply



Hillcrest Elementary is a Magnet school, and you must apply through the School Choice office (www.schoolchoice.ocps.net) for the 2022-2023 School year.  The application opens November 1, 2021 and closes February 15, 2022.  Students are selected through a lottery process.  The School Choice Office will also be hosting a virtual Magnet Fair this year.  The Virtual Magnet Fair Go-Live date is November 11, 2021 and will be available on their website. (www.schoolchoice.ocps.net

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Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

  • Learning another language can enhance knowledge of English structure and vocabulary (Curtain & Dahlberg, 2004).

  • Early second language study promotes achievement in English vocabulary and reading skills. (Masciantonio 1977) 

  •  Foreign language learners have better listening skills and sharper memories than their monolingual peers. (Lapkin, et al 1990, Ratte 1968) 

  •  “The power to learn a language is so great in the young child that it doesn’t seem to matter how many languages you seem to throw their way....They can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear systematically and regularly at the same time. Children just have this capacity. Their brain is ripe to do this…there doesn’t seem to be any detriment to....develop[ing] several languages at the same time” according to Dr. Susan Curtiss, UCLA Linguistics professor. (Curtain & Dahlberg 2004)

  •  Language learners show greater cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher order thinking skills. (Hakuta 1986)

  • Foreign language learners have better listening skills and sharper memories than their monolingual peers. (Lapkin, et al 1990, Ratte 1968) 

 

Learning a second language is also fun!  You can converse with others while discovering words in a foreign language that may not exist in your native tongue.  Making connections while exploring the new language with your peers can be exhilarating.  Come be a part of the excitement that is Hillcrest Foreign Language Academy!

Contact Information :
For Hillcrest Magnet information contact the school’s Magnet Coordinator, Ms. Maureen Douglas at [email protected] or call 407-245-1770, ext. 3402255.



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