Lessons from abroad: International review of primary languages
provides an evidence base on language learning within various
primary curricula across the world.
The report’s findings challenge the assumption that
English-speakers do not need to learn other languages, not only on
economic grounds but also on educational ones. Evidence discussed
within the report, gathered from various education systems around
the world, highlights that English-speaking education generally
provides less resource and encouragement for language learning than
other high-performing education systems.
Part 1 of the report reviews international research and
development in early language learning, presenting evidence on the
benefits of starting foreign language learning in primary school or
earlier. It also looks at current international developments in
policies and approaches to language learning.
Part 2 focuses on the issues and challenges common to all
education systems that need to be addressed if primary language
teaching is to be a success.