Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools/Language through Content (FLES/LTC)

FLES/LTC develops students' language proficiency through language instruction supporting the development of STEAM concepts.

The Foreign Language in the Elementary School/Language through Content (FLES/LTC) Program helps students learn a world language through Science and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) integrated content. The program provides language learning opportunities to all students in an elementary school from grades K through 6th.

The goal of FLES/LTC is to develop students’ language proficiency and 21st century skills by teaching World Languages through STEAM, with a strong emphasis on Science. Teachers use Project-Based Learning to help students learn another language while developing skills in all areas. Generally, students receive 60 minutes of language instruction per week. This model supports the five goal areas of the national standards for world language (communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities) and is aligned with the Virginia SOL for World Languages.

Program Description

FLES is an acronym that stands for Foreign Language in the Elementary School. It is an approach to language learning that allows students to develop basic communicative skills in a language while reinforcing and enriching content in other disciplines. FLES/Language through Content (LTC) is a type of FLES program in which the target language is taught through Science and STEAM integrated content.

Program Rationale

The FLES/LTC program provides all students in an elementary school with language learning opportunities. Research studies indicate that the early study of a second language results in cognitive benefits, gains in academic achievement, and increases in self-esteem, creativity, and positive attitudes toward diversity.

Program Model

The FCPS FLES/LTC model develops students' language proficiency by providing language instruction that supports project and inquiry based learning through STEAM concepts.  Generally, students receive 60 minutes of language instruction per week. Students who participate in the FLES/LTC program have the opportunity to either continue learning the same language or select another language to study at the middle school and high school levels. The FCPS FLES/LTC model is based on research that shows that students are able to learn a target language while highly engaged in developing content knowledge through project based learning. In addition, the culture of the target language is integrated into instruction.

Program Goals

The goals of the FCPS FLES program are:

  • To promote academic excellence by teaching students to communicate effectively in at least two languages
  • To develop increased cognitive skills
  • To develop 21st century skills by supporting integrated STEAM concepts instruction with a strong focus on Science
  • To promote the development of “Ethical and Global Citizens” who acknowledge and understand diverse perspectives and cultures and contribute to solutions that benefit the broader community, as defined in the “Portrait of a Graduate.”
  • To develop increased functional proficiency in all aspects of the language with each year of study
  • To meet district, state, and national world language standards

Curriculum Overview

The FCPS FLES/LTC curriculum for each grade includes:

  • Communication, Culture, and Content Standards and Benchmarks
  • Engineering Design Process to promote problem-solving and innovation
  • Project-Based Learning through engaging hands-on tasks
  • Interactive SMART Technology resources

The world language instruction is linked to STEAM concepts, which include Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, with a strong emphasis on Science.

Instructional Process

FLES/LTC instruction is proficiency-oriented. This means that there is a greater focus on meaningful and purposeful communication than on grammatical mastery. Students are encouraged first to understand and then to produce in the language. The target language is used by both teachers and students.

Program Articulation from Kindergarten to High School

Students will join the established course sequence for World languages at the Secondary Grade levels.

Participating Schools by Language


  • Beech Tree ES
  • Sleepy Hollow ES


  • Chesterbrook ES
  • Clermont ES
  • Fairhill ES
  • Hollin Meadows ES
  • Oak Hill ES
  • Providence ES
  • Shrevewood ES
  • Wolftrap ES


  • Kent Gardens ES


  • Orange Hunt ES


  • Gunston ES


  • Collin Powell ES


  • Bailey’s ES
  • Belle View ES
  • Belvedere ES
  • Brookfield ES
  • Cherry Run ES
  • Churchill Road ES
  • Clearview ES
  • Columbia ES
  • Colvin Run ES
  • Cunningham Park ES
  • Daniels Run ES
  • Dranesville ES
  • Fairview ES
  • Flint Hill ES
  • Floris ES
  • Fort Hunt ES
  • Franklin Sherman ES
  • Graham Road ES
  • Greenbriar West ES
  • Haycock ES
  • Keene Mill ES
  • Little Run ES
  • Mantua ES
  • Mount Vernon Woods ES
  • Navy ES
  • Oakton ES
  • Parklawn ES
  • Pine Springs ES
  • Poplar Tree ES
  • Sangster ES
  • Silverbrook ES
  • Springfield Estates ES
  • Terra Centre ES
  • Terraset ES
  • Waples Mill ES
  • West Springfield ES
  • Willow Springs ES
  • Woodburn ES
  • Woodley Hills ES