French Language Advocates Anchorage (FLAA) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the French language and intercultural exchange in Alaska through the establishment of a French language immersion program. Our organization has successfully petitioned the school board to implement a school-within-a-school model at O’Malley Elementary, which began in the fall of 2019. The program will be based on the model already utilized within the ASD’s existing immersion programs.
FLAA believes that proficient communication in another language is the first prerequisite to full intercultural immersion. FLAA understands that, in order to increase the possibility of fluency in a second language, exposure must be consistent and delivered in a nurturing environment. Research regarding bilingual/bi-cultural individuals and communities is now opening our eyes to the extent to which foreign language learning positively impacts both cognitive and social-emotional development.