In an ever-shrinking global world, language skills become more important by the year. Boyle County is hoping to give its students a leg up by introducing a multi-faceted approach designed to enrich the lives of all their students.
This year, French and Spanish are the only two languages offered at Boyle County High School and Spanish is offered at Boyle County Middle School. Next year, the language program in Boyle County will be radically different. Mandarin Chinese will be offered as a language option for students grades 3-12. Also, Spanish will be introduced at Perryville Elementary, Junction City and Woodlawn Elementary Schools, a complete K-12 approach.
This will be accomplished slowly at first, with Spanish being added into curriculum twice a week as part of rotation. Much research has shown that students at this young age are very receptive in learning multiple languages. A second language has been found to strengthen vocabulary skills in both languages, foster a respect for different cultures and increase standardized testing scores.