If history shows us anything, it’s that the obdurate world does yield. Change—surprising and sometimes radical change— does happen. The world does turn on its head every once in a while. And what seemed almost impossible looking forward seems almost inevitable looking back.
Eric Young , President, Eric Young Enterprises Inc.

Children to Try Out Six Languages in Elementary Grades

Primary school children are learning six different languages from the age of nine under a pioneering new plan.

The idea is to give them a taste of all six so they can then decide for themselves which language to opt for when they transfer to secondary school.

The scheme is being piloted in three local education authorities – Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire – and is being backed by secondary school headteachers. The children study French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Punjabi and Latin for a term each before they leave primary school. The project is being evaluated by the University of Manchester with a view to promoting it nationally if it is successful. The report will be published by the end of the year.

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(Source: The Independent, UK)
(23 June 2007)

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