The Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS), a K-8 program, is one of the only public immersion programs in the state, offering partial-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese. The FLICS language program is a K-12 language program in one of the above four languages, with seamless continuation at the high school level. This makes the FLICS language program one of the only K-12 language continua in four languages in the country. Our focus is the foreign, or global, languages staffed with highly trained teachers from all corners of the world.
Parents choose FLICS because they want their child to be prepared for a rigorous, college-preparatory high school; successful in college; and equipped to compete in today’s global society. Through rigorous instruction and cultural immersion, FLICS is a child’s head start to becoming a global citizen.
School of the Week: Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)
Posted on April 22, 2013
In Kaori Ohgata’s fourth grade class on a recent Tuesday, students studied their words of the week: worm, hello, sticky rice snack, and eye.
But these were not just any typical vocabulary words, and the students of the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) weren’t using the American alphabet, No. 2 pencils or lined paper to practice them.
The students were deftly stretching out red clay and weaving the strands into shapes that created lines of Japanese script on the blank paper in front of them.
“Since the Japanese use a completely different writing system, this is a more physical way to learn, and kids like that,” said Ohgata, a Japanese language teacher at FLICS. In this style of teaching, called kinesthetic learning, teachers create lessons in which students are engaged in physical activity to aid learning, rather than just listening to a teacher or doing work from a textbook.
The Japanese class is just one of the many unique offerings at FLICS, located adjacent to the Renaissance High School campus in northwest Detroit.
FLICS, which houses grades K-8, is one of the only public immersion programs in the state, offering dual-language, partial-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese. The FLICS language program now also offers a seamless K-12 language program by creating direct pathways to advanced language courses at the high school, making the FLICS language program one of the only K-12 language programs in the country, said Principal Todd Losié.
“After 8th grade at FLICS, our students have the potential to continue language study at their individual proficiency levels in high school and to continue that in college at the university level. So our students can have a 13-year secondary language continuumin one of the foreign languages, along with a seamless K-16 language continuum, which make us very unique,” Losié said.
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Dual-language, partial-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese, technology integrated curriculum, Accelerated reading & math, Chess Club, First Move Chess curricular integration, web-based resource materials, a championship Chess Team, Lower School and Upper School Science Fairs, Student Government, and Volunteer Reading Corps. After school programs include dance, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, DAPCEP, Martial Arts, Science Club, Future Cities, global language clubs and festivals, Basketball, Soccer, and Cheer Squad.
About the Principal
Todd Losié is a veteran college-preparatory, high school language teacher and former High School Teacher of the Year. He has shared his expertise in second language pedagogy at multiple state and national world language conferences with an emphasis on the African-American learner. He is also a contributing writer for three national textbook series. Mr. Losié holds graduate degrees in Second Language Teaching, Educational Leadership, and Elementary Education. His background is well suited to preparing students to be college ready and second language proficient.
FLICS students who complete the nine year language program (K-8), will understand and appreciate cultural diversity, and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the use of technology, mathematical reasoning, in addition to reading, writing, speaking English, and in a second language. The FLICS student is equipped to succeed in our global society.
The mission of the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) is to create a safe, healthy, and engaging learning environment for all students and staff; to develop global citizens proficient and literate in a second language, as well as in English, Mathematics, and Science. In addition, students will develop critical thinking skills and creativity using modern technology, embracing cultural diversity, and in life-long learning skills.
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