Document Type



Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Classics

Thesis advisor: Dr. Fernanda Righi


This research thesis focuses on world language education in the United States, more specifically, in the state of Rhode Island. In a changing world, learning a second language is key to creating more culturally competent citizens of the world. This thesis pushes for world language education in elementary schools, particularly in first grade. The first section of the thesis focuses on the reasoning behind beginning this education and how a child’s brain is more capable of second language learning This thesis then looks into how this style of education can be successful and the best pedagogical approaches. It analyzes how two countries, Spain and Argentina have been able to implement this type of education in the respective countries. To end the thesis, a syllabus with specific lesson examples is provided to prove how world language classes can and should be implemented in the classroom beginning in first grade.