The Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) is located on the west side of Detroit. It is one of the only public immersion programs in the state of Michigan, and one of the few in the country, that offer pre-K through 8th grade students the option of partial instruction in four languages: French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
Educators have been relying on myON® by Renaissance® for several years to help students gain proficiency in English Language Arts as they are learning their chosen world language. myON is such an important resource that it is written into the Title I school’s improvement plan and is an integral part of the Summer Learning Plan.
“Since our kids also receive world language instruction, they are getting less direct instruction in English Language Arts and math than they would in any other school,” Principal Todd Losié explained. For example, K–3 students receive 40 to 50 percent of their instruction in their world language. As students advance through the grades, that percentage is reduced but not below a minimum of 120 minutes per day.
“myON has provided a wealth of options for students across all curricular subjects,” Losié added. Social studies, science and world language teachers are encouraged to integrate texts that fit their curricula.