Foreign languages to become compulsory at KS2 in 2014

2014 is just around the corner and lots of us are coming up with New Year’s resolutions. With compulsory foreign languages being introduced into the primary level curriculum imminent, why not give your child a head start in the classroom with a language course designed specifically for kids?

From the age of seven (key stage 2), children in schools following the National Curriculum will be taught a foreign language. Many schools already choose to do this, but this compulsory measure has been introduced to help regulate the quality of language teaching. With many foreign language GCSE entries declining year on year, this could be a fantastic way to get children interested in languages and speaking at a conversational level much earlier.

The good news is that despite initial restrictions on the languages schools will be allowed to teach, these restrictions have now been lifted to allow schools to teach whichever language or languages they see fit. This offers some fantastic opportunities for integration with the local community. For example, if a school is located in part of a town with a large Polish community, the local schools could teach Polish to help children feel more connected with their surroundings. This move has the potential to add much more variety to the traditional British language education, which has typically stuck to French and German.

Foreign language lessons will take the form of conversations, reading and writing, as well as fun activities such as singing, role-play and storytelling for a more engaging, child-friendly approach. If children feel enthusiastic about these lessons at a young age, they will feel more inclined to continue studying them as teenagers, which will increase proficiency further.

It is very well known that the younger children are introduced to new languages, the easier it will be for them to learn that language. The way we process language changes as we become older, which is why it is much harder to learn a language as an adult than it is for children to become bilingual, or even tri-lingual, from a very young age. The earlier we can take advantage of children’s natural language skills, the better the benefits will be for the future of Britons’ language skills.

Language Advantage has a variety of engaging language courses for children which will make languages fun. If you’re still looking for the perfect stocking filler, make sure you check out our range of language courses for kids>> 

Read more about the decision to introduce compulsory languages at KS2>> 

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