Early English Helps Swiss Children Learn French

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Thu Apr 16 15:29:56 UTC 2009

The Journal of Turkish Weekly


Early English Helps Swiss Children Learn French 


German-speaking children who learn English first find it easier to learn French later, a study has found. 


Reversing the learning order would probably have the same effect, the researchers say in their report, emphasising the benefits of introducing new languages at a young age.


Critics of the introduction of two new languages in primary school argue that it overstretches the children. But the study "Early English - excessive demand or opportunity?", carried out for the Swiss National Science Foundation, indicates that pupils benefit from exposure to more than one language.


The study examined how well 30 primary school classes, who had already started English, subsequently fared with French. It also tested 20 classes where the children had not previously had English lessons.


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