UK: Primary schools double language teaching

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Jun 26 16:41:31 UTC 2008

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Times Online

Primary schools double language teaching

The number of children learning foreign languages, including Japanese,
at primary school has doubled in six years, government figures

Children learn to speak the languages of France, Germany, China or
even India, before many know how to find the countries on a map, at
eight in ten primary schools in England.

The number of primary schools teaching a second language is up from 70
per cent last year and 44 per cent in 2002.

Lord Dearing's review of languages last year recommended that
languages be obligatory in the primary curriculum after the Government
scrapped the requirement for pupils to take a foreign language at
GCSE. The Government aims to get all primary pupils learning a
language by 2010.

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