It is widely known that learning a foreign language from an early age helps children excel in all subjects. Being able to speak another language builds their self-confidence and improves understanding of their native language.
Children who speak a foreign language usually find problem solving easier to tackle and it improves cognitive development.
Later on if they wish to go to university, they will find that knowledge of a second language is a much sought after skill which universities and future employers greatly value.
Parents are often amazed at how quickly the children learn and suddenly start singing or talking in the language.
Depending on the age of the children in the group, sessions are either 45 minutes or one hour long.
The most popular language theses days seems to be Spanish. When parents are asked to complete a survey to find out which language club they would like their child to attend most, Spanish is usually the most popular option, followed by French, German and Italian.
Since leaving the EU it has never been more important for children to develop their foreign language skills. With less foreign nationals coming to work in Britain we will be more reliant on our home-grown linguistic skills.
According to Neil Kenny, languages lead at the British Academy, “With Brexit just around the corner, we need linguists more than ever. Languages are vital for effective trade, diplomacy and soft power, for social cohesion, social mobility, and educational attainment, all of which will be essential to the UK’s future success.”
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