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In 2007 the BBC reported:
”Modern foreign language lessons are to be compulsory for the first time in England’s primary schools. Education Secretary Alan Johnson backs the recommendation of a review by Lord Dearing that all children should learn a language from the age of seven. This should happen by 2010, as part of the next curriculum overhaul”
Now in 2014, it is to become compulsory! Primary schools are now to include Languages across Key Stage 2, as part of the curriculum. Children aged seven to eleven will be required to reach a high standard of written and spoken communication in one of seven languages, including: French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin and Greek.
This link to an article from The Guardian, explains how some primary schools have already started preparing for the change in the curriculum and some issues which may arise for some schools.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this Do you agree or disagree that we need to be introducing languages to primary children? Which language do you think would be the most important one for children to learn today?