At South Green Junior School, we use Language Angels to develop the love of learning for foreign languages. In particular, we study French.
Why is it important to learn another language?
Learning a foreign language has been shown to improve concentration and learning capacity. As well as this, it opens children’s minds to new cultures. High-quality teaching of foreign languages helps develop pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. The teaching helps pupils' to express their ideas, both in speech and in writing. It provides wonderful opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes. If you ever go to France, they might be able to apply some of their learning. Also, it helps pupils’ learn a new way of thinking whilst providing them with great literature from foreign languages. Learning a foreign language helps build the foundations for future learning and the possibility of expanding to further languages like they will experience in secondary school.
In the future, if their love for languages is channelled and due to their foundations from primary school, some children may eventually seek the opportunity to work within languages or even abroad. The possibilities are endless. How amazing is that!
Here are some of the aims from the national curriculum, to ensure all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Through student surveys, we have found that the children thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to learn another language. We take great pride in this and will continue to ensure the children are being provided with high-quality teaching. If you have a moment, watch the video as to why it is beneficial to learn another language.