Why Foreign Language is taught in Primary Schools

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Why foreign language is taught in primary schools
Lou Blackwell
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Why Foreign Language is taught in Primary Schools
  1. Key stage 1
    1. Not compulsory in maintained schools at this level
      1. Some early year's settings teach a foreign language
      2. Key stage 2
        1. Compulsory in all maintained schools
          1. Lays foundations for foreign language at key stage 3
            1. Develops children's cultural awareness and their understanding of themselves as Europeans
          2. English as an Additional Language pupils must be taught a foreign language
            1. 25% primary schools does not have foreign language expertise (TES 2014)
              1. Does not cater for children with broader educational needs, e.g. SEND, high achievers
                1. Young children do not question why they are learning a foreign language
                  1. Young children do not show embarrassment if the make mistakes whilst learning as foreign language
                  2. Department for Education
                    1. Published statutory guidance on National Curriculum in England for MFL key stages 1 - 4
                      1. Substantial progress in one language over the 4 years of key stage 2
                        1. National Curriculum purpose of study states that 'learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.' (www.gov.uk)
                        2. No stipulated number of foreign language teaching hours per week
                          1. An appropriate balance of spoken and written language to be provided
                          2. Stipulates that either French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin or Ancient Greek be taught
                            1. Schools should be able to choose a foreign language based on the demand of the local community
                              1. Guidelines do not take into account any foreign languages spoken within own culture
                              2. Most requirements for spoken language do not apply to Latin or Ancient Greek
                                1. A lot of the English language is derived from Latin
                                  1. Latin is used by many professions, e.g. scientists, medical personal, legal representatives
                            2. Progression from key stage 2 to key stage 3
                              1. Many feeder schools do not study the same language at key stage 2 as being taught at key stage 3
                                1. Article: Pupils will be forced to drop their foreign language studies once they reach secondary school. (www.independent.co.uk 25.03.2014)
                              2. Does not require a high level of linguistic knowledge
                                1. Can be learnt through familiar and constant repetition
                                  1. Provides the skills for the children to easily learn other languages later in life
                                  2. Improves prospects for global economy and employment market
                                  3. Ofsted (December 2013)
                                    1. Overall effectiveness of modern languages education being provided in schools
                                      1. Achievement of pupils in modern language
                                        1. Quality of teaching in modern languages
                                          1. Quality of the curriculum in modern languages
                                            1. Quality of leadership in, and management of, modern languages
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