The new National Curriculum will be presented in 2014 and will finally see the much-discussed idea of compulsory language learning in primary schools in UK come into effect. Elementary students will have to learn at least one of the seven long lists chosen by the government. These languages are French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Latin or Ancient Greek. With a mix of languages included, spanning Europe and Asia, which language is best suited for primary learning?
French, German, Spanish
These معاهد لغة في بريطانيا are the popular trio offered among UK secondary schools. French is the usual first choice, generally followed by German or Spanish.
There are several reasons why French is perhaps a suitable, though obvious, choice, most of them related to history. French was traditionally the language of the nobility, was widely spoken in court, and was considered a sophisticated and attractive language. For these reasons, the British nobility and monarchy were often taught, French. Furthermore, Britain has a history of alliance with France, so learning the French language could give children a better insight into their history and French culture. Lastly, the obvious reason why French might be a good option is that it's not a million miles away. For Brits looking for a weekend break, France is a good option, and knowing how to converse with the locals is an obvious benefit.
دراسة لغة في بريطانيا also has a long history with Germany, which like France, is quite close. These factors sweeten the choice to learn German, but it is the similarities between German and English that make it particularly attractive. English is a Germanic language, making pronunciation and vocabulary easier for native English speakers than for other nationalities. That said, German could be daunting for young students because it has some complex grammatical structures that are very different from English.
Spanish is reputed to be the easiest of the three taught in English schools. In this context, ease is defined by the number of contact hours required to achieve basic competence. Spanish students require fewer contact hours than French or Germans. German students are most in need. This means that Spanish is a good option for young students who will gain a sense of achievement and will be able to use it faster than other languages. Spanish is also becoming increasingly relevant, with apparent Hispanic influences in world culture and millions of Spanish speakers in the United States alone.
The advantages of learning Italian are mainly cultural. As a beautiful vacation destination, it could be useful in later life in terms of leisure. It also offers children a gateway to a valuable European culture, helping them understand rebirth and adopt different forms of art, such as opera. Considered an attractive language, children are likely to have fun learning it.
Mandarin has uses in business. Choosing Mandarin for young students is likely to give them a very early advantage in terms of employment as it is increasingly becoming a world language that will affect Britain's economic future. It has a different alphabet, which is a daunting aspect for younger children, but it is better for them to get close to the new letters when they are still young and developing. Learning a new alphabet later in life is very difficult.