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Why do we continue to isolate ourselves by speaking only English?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Geekie, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

  2. whapbapboogy

    whapbapboogy New commenter

    thanks for that, Geeks!
  3. minka1

    minka1 Occasional commenter

    That same article will be written elsewhere in a few weeks, discussed on radio 5 live every so often when they've got nothing else on, and so it goes on. And rather than addressing the problems they contribute to the general antipathy towards language learning in uk. It's not going to change unless teachers change their methods. Govts can introduce whatever legislation they want but the end it comes down to the teachers. If they canno tget students involved in the first couple of years of secondary education,and it may even be the first couple of months, that person will give up on learning a new language for life.
  4. rosered27

    rosered27 New commenter

    Point taken - but MFL learning should start in primary at an age where the natural sense of curiosity is still wide awake and not sleepy due to puberty issues and other distractions. More time should be allocated to MFL in beginners' classes - no matter whether primary or secondary - to enable regular exposure to a different phonetic system which will enhance listening skills across the school and awareness of other concepts no matter the subject. Not just the colleagues in the English department would note the difference in pupil cohorts which were given the opportunity to learn a MFL early in life.
  5. noemie

    noemie Occasional commenter

  6. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    I'd echo noemie's recommendation, in particular the comments at the end of the article.

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