The debate about whether or not it is advisable to teach languages to students from their primary level education is long-winded. There are many who are in favor of this concept, while others believe it does not achieve anything. The latter believe students are likely to forget the language by the time they reach their graduate level education. While there are valid points in why the language shouldn’t be applied to children as young as 12, there are better reasons as to why it should in fact, be taught. Below, we discuss some of the positive factors to learning a new language starting from primary education.
Modern languages are taught in primary schools starting from year 7. This is the grade in which students are mostly at age twelve or younger. It is also the age where they are likely to be most receptive to new information as per academia. They will learn new languages and basic concepts behind the language quite easily. Being able to learn languages this early or even starting to understand a new language at a primary level can allow students to be more receptive and open to learning about new culture. Not only this, they will likely grow up to be more tolerant as they won’t be ignorant about the existence of cultures differing from their own.
In a society such as ours, this is very important as racism and related crimes are on such a rise. Learning about how language used in context with the culture and values of another culture broadens the mind of the child. They will be more receptive to new information and concepts and as they grow older, and will have a more varied social circle. Being cultured is directly linked to being more intelligent, thus that is another factor as to why learning a language at a primary level should be encouraged.
Furthermore, their focus and powers of concentration will increase as they become more perceptive to the new language in different mediums, such as television as an example. This would allow students to make substantial progress in other fields of their education as well. This is because the brain is being used at a more extensive level. Children taking languages even at a secondary level are known to do better in maths, science and various other subjects. Their cognitive skills are significantly better and they can form connections with other children easily. Teaching a new language as primary education is a concept that parents should agree with as it can make their child more attune with the world around them.