[lg policy] Language Policy: Scotland to start language learning at age 4

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 27 15:38:46 UTC 2012

Language Policy: Scotland to start language learning at age 4
Posted by Christopher La Cross at 10:59 PM

Policy news in Scotland: Education leaders there state that a new
policy to teach foreign languages more aggressively (as early as age
4) is vital to the country's economy. Estimates show losing
approximately 590 million pounds per year because of a manque of
language skills.

This new policy is not without its detractors, however, who criticize
the plan as overly ambitious in light of recent government cuts which
saw the number of foreign language classroom assistants fall to 59 in
recent figures from 284 in 2005.

You can read more about the ongoing debate over Scotland's policy via
the article linked below:

Scotland to start language learning at age 4


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