Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Foreign languages can help pupils in Wales ‘get ahead’

“Children should start learning foreign languages in primary school, alongside English and Welsh, the education minister has said.

Huw Lewis announced his ambition for a ‘bilingual plus one’ nation at a German-themed conference in Cardiff.

He said additional languages could help youngsters “get ahead in life, in education and the competitive world”.

In June a report warned that foreign language learning in secondary schools in Wales was ‘declining rapidly’.”

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