Learning a Foreign Language
The benefits of learning a foreign language from a young age
It is never too early to start learning a foreign language – it’s great fun, promotes brain development, and opens children’s minds to the wider world. A second language can also be particularly beneficial in an increasingly connected world.
“Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility (Source: www.leadwithlanguages.org)”
Starting early is a huge advantage. Younger learners are usually keener to try something new and are less inhibited about making mistakes.
At Beechwood, every pupil learns French – with a specialist modern languages teacher – from Woodlands Nursery to Top Form, and Spanish from Year 7. Songs and rhymes, books and pictures, toys, drama and interactive games bring the languages to life. We model accurate pronunciation, and provide a clear structure for learning verbs and grammar in a lively way.
Our approach is also very practical. We provide many opportunities for pupils to practise their French in “real-life” situations, such as our shopping activity during Year 2 French Day, and through ordering and serving food and drinks in a café. As they move through the School, the children have the opportunity to perform in French, as well as running their own French Cafe at Speech Day. Our pupils delight in discovering they can communicate in a foreign language not only with their friends at school, but also with people in their native language when on holiday – a wonderful confidence boost.
We are passionate about the benefits of learning a foreign language from a young age, and are delighted that our pupils not only achieve great exam results, but have such fun learning together, developing a life-long love of languages and foreign cultures.