700 Reasons: Reason #371

Reason: 371
The first hand experience of another language brings a new perspective to pupils' perception of language, enabling them to make comparisons which sharpen their understanding of the concepts in both languages. Even in the early stages of learning, when pupils' linguistic resources are limited, the study of a modern language contributes new elements to their developing knowledge of the world and of other countries' cultures. It can offer valuable opportunities for reinforcing knowledge by enabling them to talk and write in the foreign language, albeit in simplified form, about what they have learnt in other subjects. It also develops an awareness in pupils of the value of knowing another language, and of the interpretative skills which it gives them
The Department of Education and Science; Welsh Office (1990) Modern Foreign Languages for Ages 11 to 16 (London: HMSO)
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Culture, Education Studies, English Mother Tongue, Knowledge, Language awareness, Language learning skills, Related subjects, Secondary sector