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Letter: Problem for languages
1:13pm Friday 15th June 2012 in Opinion
The idea of teaching a foreign language from the age of seven is a good one.
But first there is the problem that most primary teachers are not language specialists and teaching a foreign language requires special training as it is a specific skill.
It also requires a working knowledge of the language to be taught.
And many primary teachers either didn't study a foreign language at school or did so only to GCSE level which could have been years ago.
Then there is the problem of which language the child learns and whether that language will be available at his/her secondary school.
In other European countries the choice is usually English, German or French which the children begin to learn at nine or ten and take through into their secondary years.
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