Languages in the news

Michael Gove’s statement about primary language education has sparked a lively debate in the media about the value of language learning and the best time to start language development in children. Here are some examples:

Reactions to Gove’s announcement in the Guardian letters page

A BBC report with hundreds of comments: New curriculum ‘to make languages compulsory from seven’

The Independent: Britain’s children left behind in languages by the time they’re three

And the Telegraph published an article about the urgend language needs of diplomats: Language skills are being lost in translation

À propos: In October, Sue Garton and Fiona Copland responded to first reports of Gove’s intentions regarding early language provision in a letter to the Guardian which sparked a similarly heated comments page: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/13/foreign-language-teaching-young-children-flawed

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