Publication from CLIC IH Sevilla, a Spanish language school in
The Government has made a significant step forward in committing
funds to support the transformation of the country's language capability,
according to CILT, the National Centre for Languages.
The Centre's Director Isabella
Moore is massively in favour of new funding for the National
Languages Strategy. 'This shows that the Government is committed
to ensuring that the vision described can become a reality'
says Isabella Moore. 'We need to overcome the perception of
ourselves as dyed in the wool monoglots, only able to speak
English. Monolingualism is fast becoming outdated in today's
world and will restrict opportunities and choices in the global
future. Starting young and exposing children early to the
idea of themselves as speakers of other languages is the key
to bringing language education into the 21st century and consigning
monolingualism to the history books.'
Since 1999 when the Government first supported
the Early Language Learning Initiative, managed by CILT, and created
NACELL (the National Advisory Centre for Early Language Learning),
we have been developing the capacity needed to move primary languages
forward. Now there is a solid basis on which to build.
So, how can you avoid falling into the trap on monolingualism?
Well, for those of us too old to benefit from the government's new
stance on language learning, there is always the possibility of
studying a new language at a language school.
|For instance, if you wished to learn Spanish in
Spain there is nothing stopping you from taking a language holiday
and coming home with a better grasp of Spanish. Business Spanish
courses are proving increasingly popular as Spanish is the first
language of many producing nations, and is spoken by suppliers.
The ability to negotiate in different languages gives a highly
professional impression of a business. When choosing a Spanish
language school Spain is the first choice destination, likewise
when choosing a Spanish school Spain is a good place to look.
The new language strategy encourages young people to focus on language
learning from an early age. This is extremely important as motivation
is lower for older English speakers to learn a foreign language,
after years of 'getting by' with only one language. Spanish courses
for juniors can prove to be great fun, for those enthusiastic enough
to study during holiday time. At present, few English children go
abroad on language holidays, while tens of thousands of European
children visit English language schools in the UK and USA every
year. Increasing amounts of parents consider it a sound long term
investment sending the kids to Spanish school in Spain, effectively
giving them a head start over their classmates.
It seems the government has finally acted to improve Britain's
linguistic capabilities. Future generations are bound to benefit
from this policy, and, if successful, it should be recorded as one
of Labour's achievements.