Compulsory Languages in Primary Schools
In September 2014, English primary schools have experienced an essential change in their curriculum. Learning a foreign language has been made compulsory in Key-Stage 2.
This was a step forward for primary education, that brought English schools closer to the European standard, where many countries teach a second language from the age of 7.
England, and London in particular, sees a multitude of languages that can be capitalised on for our children’s benefit. In the capital, more than 300 hundred different languages are spoken, according to a Daily Express investigation based on Department for Education data.
There are also numerous schools in which pupils who have English as their first language constitute a minority.
As British Council stated in 2015, a new language puts all children on the same footing. Teaching a foreign language in a primary school would bring a common challenge to both native and non-native English speaking pupils.
It is not unusual that non-native English speaking children experience feelings of shame for knowing a different language than English, just because they have learned it at home, from their families. At the same time, children from English-only speaking families can feel left behind, lacking in a wonderful and useful communication skill: speaking a second language.
We believe an early start is the best start. When done right, children learn effortlessly. Multilingual pupils, when young, will easily pick up a third or fourth language, while English-only pupils have the chance to expand their horizons.
Add to that a fun work out and a story and we are on the path to wonderful development for our children.
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