UK: Good news for Mandarin at Primary Schools?

Are you interested in the Primary School Chinese?  Or just passionate about Mandarin being taught to children from a young age?  Then read on….

Education Secretary, Michael Gove has announced proposals to teach languages to children from age five. 

Ahead of the October 2011 Conservative Party conference Gove aanounced that he promised to “pull every lever”, including encouraging longer school days, to make it happen.

“Just as some people have taken a perverse pride in not understanding mathematics, so we have taken a perverse pride in the fact that we do not speak foreign languages, and we just need to speak louder in English. It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning."

Gove’s proposal comes after the government’s back-tracking on a decision to implement legislation last year, which would have made teaching a foreign language statutory in key stage 2 from 2011.  The legislation was dropped  as a result of the general election.

For more information read :

Guardian article

BBC article