Many schools already offer the teaching of languages to younger
children pre KS2. Entitlement does not require this but the KS2
Framework cites the development of communicative and social skills,
active-listening and a growing recognition of how language works as
examples of some of the benefits.
This subconscious awareness of how a language
operates, the pronunciation, idioms, rhythm and music, intonation
and structure of the language can constitute a solid base for
later, more conscious language learning (Hidasi,2009). There is
evidence, too, of the cognitive benefits of early language learning
and that young learners may show academic gains in other curriculum
areas (Lee, 1996; Wilburn-Robinson,1998). And, in the context of
rapid globalisation, it makes sense for children to make early
contact with a language and culture other than their own.
How to use this material
You can save the material in My Zone to help you plan your lessons or to support your own professional development.
You can download language files to your iPod or computer and improve your language skills. Find out more on the language support page.
You can print off ‘think pieces’ and use them yourself or in whole school training sessions or for staff development with small groups.